Bloodsport (1988) is a martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold withthe screenplay written by Sheldon Lettich. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Ken Siu, Bolo Yeung, and Leah Ayres. The movie is “based on true events in the life of Frank Dux” as portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Although it enjoyed little box office success, it is considered a genre classic by martial arts film enthusiasts for showcasing a large variety of international fighting styles, ranging from Kung Fu to Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai.
In Bloodsport (1988), Frank Dux is an American martial artist. His former teacher in the martial arts, gives him an invitation to “The Kumite”, the secret martial arts tournament where only the world’s best fighters are invited. Frank shows up in Hong Kong for the tournament, but his CO’s in the US Army are on his tail. Frank wins match after match, and it seems he will become the first person from the Western Hemisphere to win the tournament but the defending champion gets his hands on Frank’s friend, Jackson, and injures him in the Quarter Finals. Now Frank faces an uphill battle. His friend is hurt, the US Army is on his tail, and he is on the verge of making martial arts history. The question is, will he?