I loved this movie, even though Van Damme can't ac at all. The two sequences that stood out in my mind are the tracking shot before we first enter the kumite fighting arena. And the second is, of course, when Van Damme has to prove himself to belong to the family with the blocks of brick and the montage of all the fighters turning to watch him.
The point at which inept fight choreography, weak performances, and a threadbare script are transcended by sheer, goofy earnestness. Jean-Claude Van Damme arrives fully formed as a screen persona - lacking the guile or vanity of many of his fellow Eighties action stars, simply in need of a role that could put his physicality and subdued demeanor to best use. It would arrive a few years later with "Universal Soldier."