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GTGC #258 Bloodsport

17Mar

Hello and welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast, the GenreCast from GoodTrash Media. We're back to the trashy basics with a look at the 1988 Cannon production of Bloodsport. The film marks Jean-Claude Van Damme's first starring turn. Is it lovable campy fun? Or should it have met its fate in the kumite.

Battling Bloodsport

1988's Bloodsport tells the story of Frank Dux (pronounced Dukes). Frank (JCVD) is a special ops agent who goes AWOL to battle in a mysterious tournament known as the kumite. While on the lam, Frank meets a journalist trying to get the real story on the kumite, befriends a loveable ogre of a man and stares down a monster of a competitor named Chong Li, who isn't afraid to kill for the win. The best part? All of this is based on a true story.

On this week's show, we rundown our Favorite Cinematic Sports Tournaments. We then get down to business. As we analyze Bloodsport, we discuss racism, the Great White Hero, separating fact from fiction and more in an effort to cut deep into the cult classic.

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