"The secret contest where the world's greatest warriors fight in a battle to the death."
Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has gone AWOL to travel to Japan and fight in the illegal underground martial arts contest "Kumite". Dux was trained in ninjutsu by marital arts master Tanaka after the death of his son. Dux, in an attempt to honor his master and avenge the death of Tanaka's son, makes his way to where the "Kumite" is located and secures a spot for himself. All the while, two military men are sent to Japan to stop him from fighting. If that isn't enough, a female reporter uses Dux to gain entrance to the "Kumite" and grab the story of her career.
We can't put together an 80's film list without mentioning a marital arts movie. With other films like The Last Dragon, Best of the Best, and The Karate Kid coming out of the 80's, Bloodsport is definitely my favorite. Not only do we get to watch Van Damme kick the crap out of people, but we get to see him do the splits, break bricks and fight blind. I'm a closet Van Damme fan, obviously not because of his acting skills. When it comes to over-the-top, unrealistic action give me Van Damme in Kickboxer, Timecop, or Hard Target and I'll be happy.
Even with how cheesy Van Damme can be, we actually get some pretty cool fight scenes in Bloodsport. He battles all kinds of different fighters, like a Sumo wrestler and a Muay Thai-styled kickboxer. It's great to see these fights without CGI or wires. These are the fight scenes I miss, scenes that were filmed without any tricks, just plain old martial arts. Throw all that together with an amazing soundtrack and you come out with the best martial arts film of the 80's. I don't know about a remake of this one though, it's just about perfect the way it is.