For me there was no greater movie produced during the 1980’s than Bloodsport (1998) starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as ‘Frank Dux’ navigating an underground martial arts tournament in Hong Kong that culminates with JCVD fighting Bolo Yeung who played ‘Chong Li’. Above you can see Chong Li getting ready to square off in the final match of the ‘Kumite’, a tournament JCVD had been training his whole life to compete in. In the movie Frank Dux had taken a brief interlude from his time in the military to honor his sensei, Tanaka, and compete in the Kumite. I’m assuming % of you bros have seen Bloodsport , but for those of you that haven’t it’s the quintessential ‘good vs. evil’ story, where Frank Dux plays by the rules, and Chong Li (Bolo Yeung) cheats and fights dirty to get ahead.
During the 1970s and '80s, Bolo starred in numerous kung fu films, but his breakout film was Bloodsport , based on the supposedly true story of Frank Dux . Shot on a $US Million budget, it became a US box-office hit in the spring of 1988. Jean-Claude Van Damme had the leading role as Frank Dux, while Bolo Yeung played the role of Chong Li. A strong friendship formed between the two actors on the set of Bloodsport ; and Van Damme wanted no one but Bolo to play opposite him in his film ( Double Impact ) set in the Orient.