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Jean-Claude Van Damme's best martial arts movie: 'Bloodsport' or 'Kickboxer'?

Fans are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Bloodsport," but it's not his only martial arts masterpiece. "Kickboxer" followed in 1989, and did slightly better at the box office; the film sparked a franchise including four sequels (all without Van Damme). But "Bloodsport" launched Van Damme into action movie superstardom, and the iconic flick reportedly inspired the video game series "Mortal Kombat." Which martial arts movie packs a stronger punch? 🥋🎥

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Below is the synopsis of "Bloodsport," per IMDB

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.

Maxim's Adam K. Raymond lists many reasons why "Bloodsport" packs a strong punch! He writes:

The year was 1988. Jean-Claude Van Damme was a little known martial artist trying to make the transition to acting, and after bit parts in B-movies, a starring role finally landed in his lap. 
It was in the corny-yet-compelling action flick Bloodsport, which was made on a $2 million budget and went on to make more than $50 million at the worldwide box office before becoming a bona fide VHS hit.

Thirty years later, Bloodspot is still a part of the pop culture zeitgeist, and not just because it launched Van Damme into stardom. Bloodsport also gave us the fight tournament subgenre of action movies and mades millions of American boys learn to do the splits.

Watch the final scene below. 

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Below is the synopsis of "Kickboxer," per IMDB

Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.

Radio Times' John Ferguson writes: 

A key film in Jean-Claude Van Damme's career, this is the one that first gave an indication that the Muscles from Brussels could escape from straight-to-video hell and into the mainstream. Plotwise, this is nothing special: Van Damme is the brother of an injured kickboxing champion, who enters the ring seeking revenge. However, the fight sequences are staged with such élan that it is easy to ignore the hackneyed script - Van Damme had a hand in that as well - and rather wooden performances. 

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Jean-Claude Van Damme's best martial arts movie: 'Bloodsport' or 'Kickboxer'?
A festive crown for the winner
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