Kickboxer: Retaliation was a reboot of the 1989 film and was directed by John Stockwell. Retaliation did well enough for producers to greenlight a second AND THIRD film, so here we are – talking about a film that’ll probably never get a theatrical release , but nonetheless mentioning it because when else are you going to see Ronaldinho, Mike Tyson, Christopher Lambert and Jean-Claude Van Damme in the same film together?
You’ve got the film franchise’s new star Alain Moussi. The original star of the series Jean-Claude Van Damme. Then there’s Mike Freaking Tyson, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson AKA “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones, Christopher Lambert, and, not pictured, soccer star Ronaldinho, strongman Brian Shaw, MMA fighters Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Fabricio Werdum, Wanderlei Silva, Rico Verhoeven, as well as Sara Malakul Lane and Jessica Jann.
How is this movie NOT going to break box office records?
Check out this plot from the film’s website, like it even matters…
It has now been 12 months since Kurt Sloan left Thailand vowing never to return. We pickup the story in a crowded sports arena with cheering fans where Kurt is now in a new battle – A title bout for the MMA World Championship title. When Kurt returns back to the locker room he is met by a familiar face along with, what we are led to believe to be two US marshals who charge Kurt with a crime and is extradited back to Thailand in an illegal manner. At some point during the journey, Kurt is sedated and later wakes up in a dingy cell at an infamous prison in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kurt soon meets the masterminds behind his abduction and is told he needs to fight a new formidable foe named Mongkut, who is a beast of a man, standing at 6’8″ and weighing in around 400lbs of solid muscle. This is a specticle they know will bring in millions. Kurt is offered 2 million dollars to fight or face a life term behind bars, but Kurt is steadfast and just wants to go home…He will not put a price on human life for the pleasure of others. A bounty is placed on Kurt’s head, prompting other prisoners to take shots to help coerce him to fight, however, Kurt can certainly hold his own and is not phased at all by any of this , however, eventually, under duress, he is forced to fight.
Kurt does not fully comprehend the challenge he has ahead of him until he encounters the pure size and strength of the man named Mongkut. Through much pain and pure determination, Kurt is put through some of the most enduring training he has ever experienced to prepare him for the fight for his life.
Mongkut would be “The Mountain” in case you hadn’t figured that out.