Bloodsport is based on the true story of Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme). At a young age, Frank attempted to steal a Katana sword from a private home, and instead of being punished, he was trained by the owner to be a great fighter. Years later, when Frank’s master is very ill, Frank decides to travel to Hong Kong to participate in the highly illegal, yet traditional, competition of Kumite that can sometimes see its contestants die on the mat. Due to Frank being a U.S. Soldier, he is breaking many laws entering the tournament, yet evades the men on his tail until the competition ends.
Filmed during the prime of his career, Jean-Claude Van Damme adds plenty of blood, violence and bad acting to Bloodsport. Basically this movie is the Karate Kid without the quality story or acting. Franks partner Ray Jackson, played by Donald Gibb, is the one highlight due to the comic relief, but I was still convinced they were going to make out together in the scene at the end when they tell each other, “I love you.” I really didn’t experience any emotion or care of this movie, and would really only recommend it to people who enjoy martial arts.
5/10 Stars – Bloody action that didn’t do anything for me.
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