Overall Rank: 4244
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 142
Theatrical Release Date: 02/26/1988
Genre: Action, Sport
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Newt Arnold
Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton, Forest Whitaker, Roy Chiao
Plot: Based on a true, an American, Frank Dux is set to fight in the Kumite, a secret, underground martial arts tournament. -- sapien
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Snoogans - wrote on 12/04/2011
Probably not as good as what I've rated it. But hell, this flick delivers the martial arts fighting and then some. Some genre picks I just can't put a critical eye on and I end up enjoying them.
Ikkinbot - wrote on 08/12/2009
This is a classic B movie staring a B movie great - Jean-Claude Van Damme. Great campy marshal arts fun! All lovers of the marshal arts movie must watch this ode to crazy street fighting death matches. Its like street fighter without magic or aliens. Very fun with lots of good action and strange characters!
sapien - wrote on 01/14/2009
I love Van Damme movies. And, this is definitely his best.
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TheWolf - wrote on 12/26/2007
Ok let me start by saying that I was a big fan of Van Damme growing up, mostly because he was quite incredible as a martial artist. And if I were reviewing this when I was 12 it would be a 4 star classic. But I'm not 12 anymore, and I saw the film again about 3 years ago and now that I look back on things I can see how taste changes over time. The movie wasn't bad. But it is a far cry from being as brilliant as I thought it was growing up.
As far as a fighting movie, yeah it has some interesting fight scenes. But the story is weak, and the dialogue is pretty bad. This film is easily considered a B rated martial arts film by any standard these days. If you want to see Van Damme in his first American film, then by all means check it out, but keep in mind it is Van Damme and you won't be …
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