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The Quest (1996)



Critic Consensus: Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a forgettable directorial debut with The Quest, a bland retread of better heroes' journeys.

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Martial arts movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme made his debut behind the camera as the director of this sweeping action drama. Van Damme stars as Chris Dubois, a clown pickpocket and Fagin-like leader of orphan thieves in 1925 New York City. Kidnapped by gun smugglers and then sold to pirate captain Lord Dobbs (Roger Moore), Chris eventually ends up the property of Khao (Aki Aleong), a master Asian kickboxer. His fighting skills win Chris a chance at a legendary contest, a gladiatorial showdown between champions of the world's many diverse combat styles in a Tibetan lost city. Along for the trip are the avaricious Dobbs, heavyweight boxing champ and fellow competitor Maxie (James Remar), and Carrie (Janet Gunn), a beautiful female reporter.

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Janet Gunn
as Carrie
Ryan Cutrona
as Officer O'Keefe
Matt Lyon
as Billy
Peter Wong
as Chinese Fighter
as Sumo Fighter
Habby Heske
as German Fighter
Cesar Carneiro
as Brazilian Fighter
Takis Triggelis
as French Fighter
Azdine Nouri
as Turkish Fighter
Stefanos Miltsakakis
as Greek Fighter
Peter Malota
as Spanish Fighter
Winston Ellis
as African Fighter
Han Soo Ong
as Okinawan Fighter
Brick Bronsky
as Russian Fighter
Ip Choi Nam
as Korean Fighter
Michael Ian Lambert
as Scottish Fighter
Gordon Masten
as Bartender
Zev Revach
as Turk Captain
Kristopher Van Varenberg
as Young Chris Dubois
Cherdpong Laoyant
as Bangkok Dining Salon Waiter
as Sumo Fighter
Vichai Indtrasathit
as Tibetan Monk In New York
Chai Chapanond
as Lama--Announcer
H. Rudy Gontha
as Innkeeper
Cherdpong Laoyont
as Bangkok Dining Salon Waiter
Jason Cavalier
as Youth No. 1
Rik Kiviaho
as Youth No. 2
Michael Caloz
as Child No. 1
Emilio Migliozzi
as Riggi's Mug
Brauno Belfiore
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Michael Davila
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Magnus Ljungberg
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Ze'ev Revach
as Turk Captian
Joseph Dykes
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Martin Gerber
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Lindsay Sargeant
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Scott Wilson
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Paul Moses
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
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Critic Reviews for The Quest

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

At its best in its first half, when Dubois has to find his way to the competition in the Lost City of Tibet.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With the same grace and discipline that he displays in front of the camera, Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a socko directorial debut.

February 21, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The endeavor looks less like a movie than some ESPN programmer's worst brainstorm.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4
Top Critic

The level of high-tension violence expected from a Van Damme film is blunted by poor direction, uninspired camera work, and a bland villain.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Interesting only for being so totally familiar, even if you've never seen another film about a Ghan-Gheng martial-arts match in an ancient Lost City in Tibet.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

I rushed to finish this movie so I didn't get a late fee.

September 14, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Quest


Van Damme basically remakes Bloodsport, but makes it boring instead of fun.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Pretty much the same movie as Bloodsport set in the early 20th century with a more "elaborate" plot. I don't know why but I love this movie.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


In "The Quest," Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars in this action movie about a street dweller (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who helps out kids that are on the street the best he can. He accidentally gets onboard a freight ship and travels to the Far East. Some people notice his fighting skills and he eventually gets entered in a fighting tournament that features the best fighters from various countries and continents. The fighters range from a sumo wrestler from Japan, a martial arts fighter from China who fights just like a monkey, and a monstrous and intimidating fighter from Mongolia. It's up to Van Damme to try and show everybody that he's the best fighter and have a chance at winning a huge golden dragon that goes to the fighter. Unlike what Van Damme movies are usually known for, "The Quest" does have a good plot, and it's even directed by Van Damme himself. He should make more movies like this. "The Quest" has a plot, the fighting is exciting, and it's a good movie. I recommend anybody who likes good fighting movies to get "The Quest." You'll be glad you went along on this quest. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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