Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament…
Release Year: 1988
Rating: 6.3/10 (27,404 voted)
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres
Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants.
Writers: Sheldon Lettich, Sheldon Lettich
Jean-Claude Van Damme
(as Jean Claude Van Damme)
(as Kenneth Siu)
Kimo Lai Kwok Ki
Bill Yuen Ping Kuen
The secret contest where the world's greatest warriors fight in a battle to the death.
Release Date: 26 February 1988
Filming Locations: Hong Kong, China
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Did You Know?
'Paulo Tocha (II)', who plays the Muay Thai fighter Paco, is actually a real life Muay Thai champion.
Right after the shot of Pumola (the sumo fighter) falling to the mat after being defeated by Dux, there is a cut to Ray and Lin cheering him on. However, Pumola is seen still sitting behind the two of them in the upper right corner.
Jackson, you going to go to Hong Kong?
I love anything full contact. I need a few more scars on my face.
But I heard you can get killed at that Kumite.
Only if you fuck up.
Greatest movie of all time… fighting that is
Honestly… this is my favorite movie of all time. I'm a huge action
fan and this movie remains to this day my favorite fighting movie…
nay, favorite movie period, of all time. Granted, there is no good
acting and there was no reason for all the splits the man performs, but
damn it the tournament was the greatest in-movie fighting tournament
I've ever seen. Never duplicated or improved upon. Yes, they did
stereotype everyone in the world…. literally, but boy was it funny…
and oh so entertaining to see how they put the fights together.
Greatest fighting movie of all time… a perfect cult classic… and
the ultimate treat for the Van Damm fan