Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.
Release Year: 1989
Rating: 5.7/10 (16,449 voted)
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan
Kurt Sloan is the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Zion, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life.
Writers: Mark DiSalle, Glenn A. Bruce
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Haskell V. Anderson III
Ka Ting Lee
Big Thai Man
Ho Ying Sin
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Release Date: 8 September 1989
Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: DEM 863,114
(27 April 1989)
Did You Know?
The scene in which Kurt has meat tied to his leg and is chased by Xian Chow's dog was inspired by a real-life event in which a young Jean-Claude Van Damme was ordered by his karate teacher to wear a protective suit and withstand the attempts of a trained dog to pull him to the ground.
When Kurt is loading his brother into the van on the stretcher after the fight when he has just been paralyzed his feet are sticking out, but when the door is being shut he pulls them in.
Watch your wallet.
She doesn't want my wallet. She wants to make it with the champ!
Revenge of the 80's: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Superstar.
Kickboxer (1989) was another in a long line of star vehicles for the
"Muscles from Brussels". In this picture J.C.V.D. plays the younger
brother of a unbeaten American kick boxer who lusts for some real
competition. So he decides to go to the home of Muay Thai kick boxing,
Thailand. There he realizes that he doesn't know squat about the true
art of kick boxing. He learns a painful lesson. His younger brother
decides to learn Muay Thai and avenge his brother's honor.
Not a bad movie. Entertaining and a good time waster. But for some
reason the producers decided to franchise out this series. The rest of
the films are a mixed bag at best. The more they made the least
interesting they became until the final results were unwatchable. As
always with these films the first film is usually the best of the
bunch. Jean-Claude plays his character with a thick euro-accent (I
forgot how they explained it). He's physically impressive so it's kind
of hard to swallow his naiveté about fighting and what not. Or well.
Fun for all.