March 4, 2022

#51 - "Bloodsport" (1988) with Nicholas Pepin

#51 -

If you have ever hear a crowd chanting “Kumite!” then you have entered rarified territory. You have found die-hard fans of this 80’s flick which made “the Muscles from Brussels” a bonafide movie star and also brought in the biggest box office haul for its distributor Cannon Films that year. Yes, that's THE Cannon Films, which is notorious for making some of the biggest-budget B-Movies of the decade. Some call it one of the best worst movies ever made, but, like “The Karate Kid” before it, it made kids of the 80’s think they could become martial arts masters themselves. So grab your passport, evade the CIA who are on your trail, and board the plane to Southeast Asia as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Nicholas Pepin, discuss “Bloodsport” from 1988 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback Podcast!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • The majority of Bolo Yeung's lines are similar to Bruce Lee's in Enter the Dragon (1973), in which Bolo appeared.
  • Frank Dux's brick-breaking demonstration is purely fictional, as is the Dim Mak ("Death Touch") - a legendary move fabled in Chinese martial arts folklore. The Dim Mak is an accu-pressure attack where the attacker quickly strikes his opponent several times (in sequence) at various spots on his body. Striking an opponent in this method can result in broken bones, paralysis/painful muscle spasms or even instant death.


Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo

Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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