American Kickboxer-1 Release Date: 1991 Genre: Action | Sport Director(s): Frans Nel Writer(s): Emil Kolbe Staring : John Barrett, Keith Vitali and Terry Norton One nifty feature of IMDb is the grouping of films by plot keywords. A movie like American Kickboxer is characterized by martial arts, fight, martial arts tournaments, and most accurately, “Homoerotic […]

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American Kickboxer-1
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Action | Sport
Director(s): Frans Nel
Writer(s): Emil Kolbe
Staring : John Barrett, Keith Vitali and Terry Norton

One nifty feature of IMDb is the grouping of films by plot keywords. A movie like American Kickboxer is characterized by martial arts, fight, martial arts tournaments, and most accurately, “Homoerotic fight.” If that’s not good enough of a reason for you to take a few steps away from this one, I don’t know what will do.

Unlike its campy sequel, American Kickboxer actually takes itself seriously. That was a terrible choice on the part of the filmmakers, because the end result is one of the most boring films about kickboxing that I’ve ever seen.

Kickboxer B.J. starts off the movie accidentally killing an overzealous fan. Sentenced to prison thanks to the testimony of antagonist Denard, B.J. vows that he will one day have his revenge. So when he gets out of jail, he goes back into training, determined to reclaim his dignity.

In ripoffs of Kickboxer and Bloodsport, the fighting scenes are usually where the money is. Few people expect the fighters to be good actors, nor are storylines supposed to be well thought out and beautiful. With American Kickboxer you have a movie that lacks good acting or a decent story, and then kills itself dead by hiring lackluster fighters and choreographers.
I had this thing on my TiVo for two months before I finally sucked it up and watched it.

DVD: Barebones.

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