6.4/10
45,707
131 user 52 critic

Kickboxer (1989)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.

Writers:

Mark DiSalle (story), Glenn A. Bruce (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Bloodsport (1988)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.

Director: Newt Arnold
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres
Lionheart (1990)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An Ex-French Soldier begins participating in underground street fights in order to make money for his brother's family.

Director: Sheldon Lettich
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard
Double Impact (1991)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Twin brothers are separated when their parents are murdered but 25 years later they re-unite in order to avenge their parents' death.

Director: Sheldon Lettich
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Geoffrey Lewis, Alonna Shaw
Hard Target (1993)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Viet Nam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker
Death Warrant (1990)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.

Director: Deran Sarafian
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb
Timecop (1994)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver
The Quest (1996)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of gentlemen of fortune visits a legendary "Lost City", located in Tibet. They plan to steal a priceless statue "Golden Dragon" during the martial arts tournament.

Director: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar
Cyborg (1989)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn
Sudden Death (1995)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Powers Boothe, Raymond J. Barry
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Escaped convict Sam Gillen single handedly takes on ruthless developers determined to evict Clydie - a widow with two young children. Nobody knows who Sam is.

Director: Robert Harmon
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rosanna Arquette, Kieran Culkin
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jason, a Bruce Lee fan, sees his karate instructor/dad beaten by martial art thugs. They move to Seattle where, after humiliations, he trains with Bruce Lee's ghost so he can defend himself and others against thugs.

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Kurt Sloane
Dennis Alexio ... Eric Sloane
Dennis Chan ... Xian Chow
Michel Qissi ... Tong Po
Haskell V. Anderson III ... Winston Taylor
Rochelle Ashana ... Mylee
Ka Ting Lee ... Freddy Li
Richard Foo Richard Foo ... Tao Liu
Ricky Liu Ricky Liu ... Big Thai Man
Ho-Ying Sin Ho-Ying Sin ... Huge Village Man #1
Tony Chan Tony Chan ... Huge Village Man #2
Brad Kerner ... U.S. Announcer
Dean Harrington Dean Harrington ... U.S. Announcer
Mark DiSalle Mark DiSalle ... U.S. Reporter
Richard Santoro Richard Santoro ... U.S. Reporter
Edit

Storyline

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 Xian, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life. Written by Peter Katzman <pkatzman@bu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An Ancient Sport Becomes A Deadly Game. [US Movie Poster] See more »

Genres:

Action | Sport | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Karate Tiger 3 - Der Kickboxer See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,134,098, 10 September 1989

Gross USA:

$14,697,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,697,005
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dennis Alexio, who plays Eric Sloane, was a World Light Heavyweight and World Cruiserweight kick boxing champion in real life. See more »

Goofs

After Kurt has knocked Tong Po out of the ring and he is supposed to be unconscious, as soon as the music starts to signify the start of the credits you can see Tong Po lift up is head very quickly in the background. See more »

Quotes

Xian Chow: You must learn to be faster than any punch or kick, that way won't get hit.
See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK Prism DVD release, as well as cuts already detailed. The scene where Eric is talking to Kurt about his upper body strength, then referring to his legs being like toothpicks has been inexplicably completely removed. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in GirlFight: Model Kombat (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Streets of Siam
Written by Paul Hertzog and Craig Copeland
Performed by Stan Bush
Produced by Paul Hertzog
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Revenge of the 80's: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Superstar.
11 October 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

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.

Recommended.


30 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 131 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed