Movies From the Hat IV #42 – Kieron’s Pick – Kickboxer (1989)


This is my 2501st Review

Thanks to Kieron of What About the Twinkie? for this recommendation.

kickboxer-1989-25737“You must learn to be faster than any punch or kick, that way won’t get hit. ” – Xian Chow

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After his brother is seriously injured in a no holds barred kickboxing match in Bangkok, a man decides to get trained by a recluse instructor in order to take his revenge in the ring.

My Take on it – I’ve never been the biggest fan of Martial Arts films and actually never had seen this one before.

This movie is a very typical martial arts/action film from the 80’s which tries to borrow from other successful films to try and make things work.

The relationship between Van Damme and his mentor feels like a copy of The Karate Kid (1984) even down to the way the mentor talks and commands him around and the action scenes all feel like they are duplicates of Chuck Norris action scenes from many of his films.

Van Damme is a terrible actor and thankfully knows how to choreograph fight scenes to slightly make up for it because the fight scenes are obviously the only reason to watch this film.

The storyline and dialogue are pretty cheesy and there’s a reason that this film didn’t win any kind of drama awards. 🙂

All in all, it’s a fun action flick but you really need to go into it with no expectations besides being entertained by the fighting because the story is too thin even for an expert martial artist to balance himself on.

I know that this film is being rebooted and I can’t say I understand why, but I guess I’ll eventually see it and maybe find out if something has changed in 27 years. (eventhough I doubt it)

Bottom Line – Very typical 80’s martial arts movie that is all about taking professional revenge. Van Damme could never act properly and it really shows here. The choreography of the fights are done very well, but the storyline and dialogue need a lot of work.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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