The true life story of Frank Dux, an American martial artist and soldier in the US military. His former teacher in the martial arts invitates him to "The Kumite", the secret martial arts tournament where only the world's best fighters are invited. Despite his superiors in the army telling him that he cannot go because they need him, Frank defies them and heads to Hong Kong for the tournament. In town for the fight are a number of fighters (all with different styles), as well as a journalist determined to get her story. While Frank wins match after match, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. In order to succeed not only will he have to win the tournament; he must also evade capture by military police.
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Leah Ayers, Norman Burton, and Donald Gibb.