Action and Unintentional Comedy Galore - Van Damme's Finest
Aug 20, 2009
The quintessential Van Damme film - a classic villain (Chong Li), great mis-cast sub-villains: Paco, a latino muy thai fighter, and the female harassing Syrian fighter, Hossein (played by a Phillipino), horrendous overacting (see, the "blinding scene", among many others), an ugly American sidekick (Ray Jackson, aka Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds), a signature move (the Dim Mak) and interesting cultural angles/stereotypes displayed by fighters from around the world, and you have the perfect Van Damme vehicle. No other movie has so masterfully combined top-notch martial arts with unintentional comedy. Mix in an extremely goofy role by future Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, and you have a basic cable classic of epic proportions.
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Bloodsport is a 1988 martial arts film "Based on true events in the life of Frank Dux" as portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Although it enjoyed little box office success, it is considered a genre classic by martial arts film enthusiasts for showcasing a large variety of international fighting styles, ranging from Kung Fu to Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai.