It's a lot of kicking
May 19, 2012 12:17 AM   Subscribe

Kickboxer: Just the Kicking (SLYT)

Mini-analysis
posted by Alex404 (25 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Now I want to watch the original movie.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:43 AM on May 19, 2012


I liked the part where the guy kicked the other guy (and the palm tree, the building pillar, etc.) I got halfway through and decided I'd rather watch the actual movie, but sadly Netflix only has the (apparently) lackluster non-JCVD sequels Kickboxer 3-5 available for streaming.
posted by sysinfo at 12:55 AM on May 19, 2012


Hmm, not as entertaining as I hoped it would be. Maybe if they just cut it down to Van Damme kicking things...
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:04 AM on May 19, 2012


I'm liking Fast and Furious just the gear shifting quite a bit.
posted by knave at 1:16 AM on May 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Does what it says on the HUUNNNHHHH!
posted by barnacles at 1:17 AM on May 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Kickboxer is okay, but Bloodsport was truly the peak Van Damme. Plus, monkey-style guy! I'm nearly certain that every fighting game out there, from Street Fighter to Tekken to Mortal Kombat was just trying to recapture how awesome that film was.
posted by Ghidorah at 1:21 AM on May 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Kickboxer is okay, but Bloodsport was truly the peak Van Damme.
Bloodsport. Man.
Man...fucking Paco.
posted by GoingToShopping at 1:51 AM on May 19, 2012


Van Damme used to get teased a lot for a quote that I can't track down, but basically he said that, in action films, acting is done in the action. I never really understood why he got grief for that. Probably because he doesn't always communicate well, and sometimes sounds like he's just babbling (a fact that was both satirized and rendered unexpectedly moving in JCVD). But Van Damme often really seemed to understand how to express character through physical action. That a kick isn't just a kick, it is motivated, and the way the kick is executed can reveal motivation. That a fight scene is as much about the personalities of the people behind it as it is about the raw spectacle of physical violence.

I have to give him credit for that. He doesn't just kick in a film. He kicks like he means it. His kicks tell us about his character. This supercut pretty much tells us the entire movie.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:10 AM on May 19, 2012


I love Kickboxer and I think I would like to see this supercut every morning when I wake.
posted by smartyboots at 2:24 AM on May 19, 2012


Not sure if this has been posted before, but all of The Fast and the Furious, just the gear shifting.
posted by wilful at 2:33 AM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Or, embarrassment, obvs can't read, what knave posted.
posted by wilful at 2:34 AM on May 19, 2012


Saves me watching the film.

It does betray how simple the choreography of the kicking is during the ring fights, though.
posted by flippant at 2:41 AM on May 19, 2012


His kicks tell us about his character. This supercut pretty much tells us the entire movie.

That's why I posted this primarily - I'm not usually so into SLYT. But you really do get the entire plot of the movie revealed through kicks, and JCVDs athleticism really is pretty breathtaking, I find it very mesmerizing.
posted by Alex404 at 2:42 AM on May 19, 2012


One pig snout sandwich. (full clip)
posted by XMLicious at 3:13 AM on May 19, 2012


Wtf is a bald eagle doing in Thailand? Is it on a break from college to find itself, or, failing that, do some killer snorkeling?

Makes me wanna kick something.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 3:34 AM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's no kickpuncher.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:41 AM on May 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was kick-ass.

I'm somewhat surprised the movie condensed down to only about 5 minutes. What was its original run time, 10?
posted by mazola at 6:04 AM on May 19, 2012


I got a kick out of David Letterman's Top Ten list, "Top Ten Things Overheard In Line For The New Kick Boxer Movie."

Number Ten: "I hear there's a lot of kick boxing in this one..."
posted by Trochanter at 7:00 AM on May 19, 2012


I see what you did there Trochanter.
posted by odinsdream at 7:08 AM on May 19, 2012


Point of order! Are strikes with the knee technically "kicking"?
posted by vibrotronica at 8:30 AM on May 19, 2012


This is pretty good but nowhere near as good as Redlettermedia's Every Face Punch in Road House!
posted by Sandor Clegane at 9:39 AM on May 19, 2012


Is there a man on Earth who has thrown more jump spinning back kicks than JCVD? I think not, sirs.
posted by TheRedArmy at 9:49 AM on May 19, 2012


Metafilter: Just the Kicking.
posted by hot_monster at 10:23 AM on May 19, 2012


That was awesome. BTW, I think this is the day I will remember as when I decided to become a pacifist who rejected the idea that violence was ever redemptive. BTWW, I thought I remembered them dipping their hands in broken glass and fighting that way? Oh, Jen Claude, I get your movies all mixed up.
posted by scunning at 6:27 PM on May 19, 2012


The associated videos are great too: Pulp Fiction, just the cussing.
posted by Chekhovian at 6:30 PM on May 19, 2012


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