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The Kickboxer series Retrospective

Old 08-20-17, 03:30 AM
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The Kickboxer series Retrospective

Another fun martial arts series from the 90's that I wanted to revisit. These used to be staples of WGN and TNT. Not including the shitty remake here though.

Kickboxer



When his brother is crippled in a Kickboxing match by the Thai champion Tong Po, Jean Claude Van Damme wants to get revenge. This came on the heels of Bloodsport and is not as good, but it is still fun. Michael Qissi is intimidating as Tong Po, Van Damme gets to show off, the Thailand scenery is great and the movie is fun. Oh and it's worth it for this scene alone. 4/5






Kickboxer 2



When his brothers are killed in Thailand, David Sloan has to watch out because they are coming to get revenge on him even though he didn't exist in part 1. Sasha Matchell takes over the reigns here as the brother to the two characters in part one.This movie isn't great but I enjoy Mitchell, Michael Qissi and Dennis Chan are both back from part one and while David Goyer's script(Yes, THAT David Goyer) isn't great, it's still fun for what it is. 3.5/5

Kickboxer 3



David Sloane travels to Rio and gets caught up trying to save a girl from Brazilian sex traffickers. Honestly this isn't the best. It has more action in it but it feels somewhat generic. Since Sasha Mitchell was famous and shot this during his Step By Step break, David has more in common with cousin Cody than the previous David Sloane. Still I think it's fun. 3/5

Kickboxer 4



When he's framed for murder trying to capture a drug lord by Tong Po, David Sloane is released in order to participate in Tong Po's underground fight tournament to rescue his wife. I remember walking through the new releases in the video store and seeing this and my jaw dropped. I had no idea it even existed. Holly Hell this is hilariously bad. Albert Pyunn comes back from part 2 to direct and it's all over the place. An obvious script for a different movie, plot holes, a bad Enter the Dragon rip off, a different actor playing the same bad guy wearing so much makeup he looks like a model for REVLON. But all this combines to make for a somewhat fun and entertaining movie. 4/5 And here is my favorite scene



Kickboxer 5



When his student is murdered after refusing to join a corrupt kickboxing federation Marc Dacascos seeks revenge. About a year after K4 I was walking through the new releases, saw this and my jaw hit the floor. I again had no idea this was even coming out. Man pre-internet days were weird. This is most noteworthy for having Sasha Mitchells David Sloane character killed off in the opening credits in silhouette. Overall this isn't a good movie. Dacascos carries it(seriously how did he never have a better career) and has great fight scenes but the plot is boring, it takes place in South Africa for some reason and its just plodding. 2.5/5

So this is my retrospective of the Kickboxer series. Still pretty entertaining movies if you want a fun slice of 90's nostalgia. Oh and just for fun.
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Old 08-20-17, 03:41 AM
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Re: The Kickboxer series Retrospective

The first one is a classic even though it's got it craziness and silliness.

I never seen the 2nd one and had no idea there was even a 3rd, 4th and 5th. Damn!

I might watch them one day since your post has piqued my interest.

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Old 08-20-17, 04:43 AM
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Re: The Kickboxer series Retrospective

Part 4's actually my favorite of them all. And Tong Po should be declared greatest cinematic villain:
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Kills 2 brothers. Kills one of their students. And continues to escape death!
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