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10 Double Team
What's better than one Jean-Claude Van Damme? How about two!? In Double Impact, Van Damme plays identical twins Chad và Alex Wagner as they must work together to stop a criminal organization in 1966 Hong Kong. Sheldon Lettich (Bloodsport, Lionheart) did such a great job using Van Damme in two identical but different character roles, that other directors wanted Van Damme lớn continue his work playing multiple characters throughout his career. He did similar things in Timecop (1994), Maximum Risk (1996), & Replicant (2001).
In this action-packed movie from Silent Night director John Woo,based on The Most Dangerous Game, Van Damme portrays Chance Boudreaux, a Marine Corps vet hired to find a woman's missing father in Louisiana. The action is absolutely absurd in all of the best John Woo-style explosion ways. The audience is treated khổng lồ great performances, including an evil human-hunting Lance Henriksen & a bow-and-arrow shooting Wilford Brimley on horseback. As an extra treat, Van Damme sports a mullet for the ages. This film kicked off a chain of huge John Woo films in the late 90's and 2000's, including Broken Arrow, Face/Off & Mission Impossible 2.
3 Universal Soldier
Universal Soldier is an early work of Roland Emmerich. In it, Jean-Claude Van Damme portrays Luc Deveraux, a solider killed in the Vietnam war, but brought back to life as part of the "Universal Soldier" project. The only problem is that Luc's arch-enemy, Sgt. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) was brought back as well. Upon returning lớn life, Scott wants to lớn murder Deveraux & become the ultimate leader of the newly risen Universal Soldiers. This film brought lots of explosions and a great showdown between JCVD & Dolph. The budget and effects were huge as this was the immediate predecessor khổng lồ Emmerich's Stargate, Independence Day, & Godzilla. Though seen as a critical failure, the film grossed 95 million dollars & spawned four sequels. It's a blast.
Kickboxer is arguably one of the best films of Van Damme's career. He plays Kurt Sloane, younger brother & cornerman lớn kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (played by real-life world kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio). When Kurt is left paralyzed by the villainous Tong-Po playing dirty in a bangkok tournament, Kurt must train in the art of Muay Thai và exact revenge for his brother's injury. This film is a martial arts movie buff's dream. Van Damme choreographed all the training & fight scenes himself, & they are smooth and calculated. The training montage belongs in the đứng top montages of the 80's. This one is a classic, not only because of the fighting, but the dance moves as well (which Van Damme recently recreated).
The greatest film of Jean-Claude Vane Damme's career also happens to be one of his first. In Bloodsport, Van Damme plays Frank Dux, a U.S. Army Captain trained in martial arts, who is invited khổng lồ take part in the illegal Hong Kong fighting tournament known as the Kumite. Dux must fight through fearsome opponents while not being caught by CID agents looking to shut it down. The characters are memorable, with great apperances from Donald Gibb (Revenge of the Nerds) và Forest Whitaker. The fight scenes are incredible và the Chong Li (Bolo Yeung) is one of best villains of the 80's. Bloodsport also boasts an absolute rockin' synth soundtrack composed by Paul Hertzog. Not only does this film belong at the đứng top of Van Damme's filmography, but near the đứng đầu of great 80's action films as well.