February 26, 1988
Genre(s): Action, Drama
The setting is an underground fighting tournament that matches the best fighters from around the world in a variety of styles. For the first time, an American has gained access to the arena, but doesn't have an invitation from the sponsors. He has to first pass a test in order to be accepted which he does. There are many different fights matching Boxing versus Kung Fu or Karate versus Street fighting combatants making for a very interesting one loss tournament. There are actually 2 Americans in the tournament and they befriend each other, making it to the quarterfinals where the main protagonist is almost beaten but comes back to knock out his opponent, giving rise to the climactic ending where he is matched against the other man from the United States. The tournament floor changes as fighters advance and it is sloped on both ends for the final. When the bad guy is losing, he throws something into the eyes of his opponent who uses training to turn the tables once again and for the other fighter to submit verbally to him, making him the first American winner of the tournament.