One of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s first starring roles, Bloodsport has some really spectacular fight scenes. However, especially early in his career, Van Damme hadn’t developed great acting skills and it shows in the scenes where he actually has to interact with other people without any action. Similar to Bruce Lee’s Enter The Dragon, Bloodsport features an underground martial tournament that features deathmatches. Enter the character of Fran Dux, played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who goes A.W.O.L. from the army to participate in the fight. There really isn’t much more of a story, other than Van Damme trying to avoid being captured by the army MP’s while attempting to get into the competition. Ultimately, he does and enters the arena to take on multiple challengers, with Bolo Yeong’s character of Chong Li being the most fearsome and dangerous. The movie is worth watching for the intensity of the fight scenes and they are well-choreographed, but as I said earlier the story and acting are at the “B” movie level at best. Interesting, just for the fact that it’s the film that actually kick-started Van Damme’s movie career.
Runtime: 1 Hr 32 Min
Release Date: Apr 29, 1988
Director: Newt Arnold
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, and Bolo Yeung