Bloodsport, ReDux?

Watch out for pirates, gangsters, and Tibetan monks, because The Quest is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the poster or the movie title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell:  Essentially Bloodsport retold in the 1920s, The Quest is Jean-Claude Van Damme’s directorial debut.  It’s a fun but flawed film which includes Roger Moore, elephants, and boatloads of inadvertent homoerotic subtext.

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9 Responses

  1. Set in the 20’s eh. Does it feature opulent train terminals and hotel lobbies? Do people travel in luxury on trains? That’s what I want from my movies in the 20’s. And maybe some bootlegging misadventure.

  2. A train movie? We should be so lucky.

    No, what you get with The Quest is the plot from Bloodsport set in the 1920’s and the most idiotically convoluted explanation for how a white man comes to learn the martial arts in cinema history.

  3. I can’t for the life of em remember the reasoning that led to me seeing this in the theater. And all I remember about it is JCVD as the sad clown of life, and something about Roger Moore in a hot air balloon. Which is odd, since OCTOPUSSY features Roger Moore as a clown and also has a guy in a hot air balloon.

    They made this, and still my dream project “Capoeira vs. Tae Bo” remains unmade. Come on, man — Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Mark Dacascos, Bolo Yeung as “Cutie Pie,” Billy Blanks, and Gedde Watanabe as “The Warlord.”

  4. I pretty much agree with Sean on this movie. I find a lot of it redundant, especially when compared to Bloodsport, a superior film that came out 8 years prior. Bloodsport was one of the big hits to bring martial arts cinema back to the mainstream (following on from the ninja craze) when it was released, and for the time it was made in, a lot of what I consider to be sloppiness (or charm if you prefer) can be excused by that time period and the relative inexperience American film makers had with the staging of a martial arts fight sequence.

    For this film to come so much later, after JCVD had worked with Hong Kong film makers and gotten a lot more experience in the medium it just seems incredibly lazy. To be honest, with few exceptions I find JVCD to be a pretty bad screen fighter. His fights usually have little choreography and involve him getting his ass kicked for way too long and then suddenly making a comeback and delivering a succession of his trademark jump kicks.

    Also, in response to the use of slow motion in this film, there were hundreds of movies to come before this that couldn’t utilise the fast-slow-fast editing technique that they add in post nowadays (frankly I think it’s an overused technique nowadays, THANK YOU ZACK SNYDER) the answer was always simply to choose the right shots for slow motion. Watch any classic Golden Harvest movie like Project A, and you’ll always see slow motion being used at exactly the right time to show and emphasise meaningful IMPACT. If you’re going to use slow motion inappropriately you could at least do it hilariously like Godfrey Ho does and not send people to sleep during your ACTION sequence.

    This movie came out 2 years after Guyver: Dark Hero and 5 after The Perfect Weapon, both American MA movies with vastly superior action and comparatively minuscule budgets. Hell, I even think the action was better in the Bloodsport sequels! For me, I’d say if you want your Van Damage, you should look elsewhere: Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Hard Target, Double Team, even The Shepherd: Border Patrol.

    Sorry for the rant from a first time poster, long time listener!

  5. Paul,
    I don’t know where you got the idea I have a genuine like for this movie. I like this movie the same way you do. As a giant ball of cheese.

    For me the tournament has always felt like an unfinished fighting game. You have all the various countries and their fighting styles but no has a name or back story.

    With the final fight, I’ve always thought the monks in charge probably said to themselves “Fudge the rules, this fight is getting so awesome let’s just let me keep going at it till one drops.”

  6. I am shocked that you have not reviewed “Kickboxer” or “Double Impact” Paul. You’ve referenced them so many times. I’d like to hear your take on those films once and for all. Along with Dave, Joel, and Daryl. You guys are sex to the ears together.

  7. I thought he had reviewed Kickboxer and Double Impact…

    Or is it just that it’s so difficult to tell one JCVD movie from another?

  8. “Or is it just that it’s so difficult to tell one JCVD movie from another?”

    That one

  9. I cannot stop laughing at how Sean pronounced capoeira. It’s not even close!

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