Bloodsport 4: The Dark Kumite

  • 1999
  • 1 HR 40 MIN
  • R
  • Action, Martial Arts

The good news is that you needn't bother watching the first three BLOODSPORT flicks in order to make sense of this sequel. The bad news is that it's pure Grade-Z schlock. Why are convicts disappearing from penitentiaries? Is it just a coincidence that the vanishing prisoners are burly martial artists? Detective Keller (Daniel Bernhardt) agrees to go undercover...read more

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The good news is that you needn't bother watching the first three BLOODSPORT flicks in order to make sense of this sequel. The bad news is that it's pure Grade-Z schlock. Why are convicts disappearing from penitentiaries? Is it just a coincidence that the vanishing prisoners

are burly martial artists? Detective Keller (Daniel Bernhardt) agrees to go undercover at Fuego Prison, posing as a disgraced policeman with a faked double homicide to give him credibility. Keller encounters criminals he himself had busted, including his bete-noir Scheck (Stefanos Miltsakakis).

Keller discovers Warden Preston (Derek McGrath) is supplying crime czar sports promoter Caesar (Ivan Ivanov) with convicted felons earmarked for execution. Keller wakes up to find himself at Caesar's gladiatorial establishment, the Gates of Heaven, where the inmates-turned-fighters are forced to

participate in the Kumite, a brutal martial arts competition in which fighters are expected to fight to-the-death before a select paying crowd. Can Keller's partner Blair (Lisa Stothard) find Caesar's palace and save Keller before he's forced to go head-to-head with the monolithic Scheck? Every

other action flick seems to coast on this plot line, but this egregiously bad film manages to really gut the formula. Spouting a lot of empty talk about bastardizing kumite, this slapdash production stumbles along with bungled direction, jerry-built scene transitions, and some of the tinniest

sound recording this side of a student film. When production values are this shoddy, the brutality seems even more disgusting: Without the fantasy ambience that technical competence would foments, the violence becomes more grubby-looking and less satisfying.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
  • Review: The good news is that you needn't bother watching the first three BLOODSPORT flicks in order to make sense of this sequel. The bad news is that it's pure Grade-Z schlock. Why are convicts disappearing from penitentiaries? Is it just a coincidence that the… (more)

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