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Best of the Best is a 1989 martial arts film. The plot revolves around a team of Americans facing a team of Koreans in a taekwondo tournament. Several sub plots pop up in the story – moral conflicts, the power of the human spirit triumphing over adversity are some themes. The movie stars James Earl Jones and Eric Roberts. The film was followed by three sequels released in 1993, 1996 and 1998.
In his book Iceman: My Fighting Life, UFC champion Chuck Liddell cites Best of the Best as his personal favorite martial arts film.
Alexander Grady, a widower and father of a five-year-old son, Walter, is chosen to represent the United States of America in an international taekwondo tournament against Team Korea. Also chosen for the team is Tommy Lee, a man seeking revenge against a member of Team Korea for the death of his brother during a previous tournament. The rest of Team USA consists of Travis Brickley, an extremely brash fighter with a short fuse; Virgil Keller, a devout Buddhist; and Sonny Grasso, a streetwise fighter from Detroit.
Coached by Frank Couzo (who was also the coach of Tommy’s older brother) and Catherine Wade, the team prepares to meet an unstoppable group of true martial arts experts. Their chances of winning are virtually non-existent, as the Koreans train all year long and are known as the best the sport has to offer. Along their journey, the Americans have to deal with their personal conflicts and tragedies, before they become a team.
When the tournament starts, Keller and Grasso are out classed by their Korean opponents. Travis does his best to psyche up the team with his brash attitude leading to a sudden death breaking duel with his opponent. Couzo invites Grady’s family to motivate him to win; however, he is severely injured during his bout. Instead of giving up, he decides to fight with one arm; ultimately, defeating his opponent. Finally, Tommy faces the captain of the Korean team, Dae Han, the man responsible for the death of his brother. With time running out in their grueling battle, Tommy has a decision to make: seek vengeance and victory for his team or lose with honor.
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Although the martial art used in the film is referred to as karate, the format of the tournaments and the techniques used are mix up between World Taekwondo Federation and International Taekwon-Do Federation style taekwondo. There are several give-aways that the style used is taekwondo. The Koreans are not a world dominating force in karate as they are in taekwondo – Japan and Europe tend to dominate karate. The use of hogu (body protectors) is characteristic of WTF taekwondo, and glove & in-step protectors are characteristic of ITF taekwondo. The kick-dominated style of the tournaments shown in the movie are characteristic of ITF taekwondo where punching in the face is legal. In the outside scenes in Korea, signs can be seen pointing to the “taekwondo” facilities.
Certain techniques displayed in the movie fights, such as grappling, throws, and punches to the face, and kicks to the legs, are illegal in WTF taekwondo sparring. Those techniques are considered too dangerous to be applied in actual competition and are reserved for self-defense training in the dojang (gym). The ITF allows kicks and punches to areas of the body above the belt (hip) excluding the back, and permits punches to the face, although no grappling or throws are allowed. The fight choreography of Best of the Best clearly shows techniques that were extracted from Hapkido.
The makers of the film chose to use the term “karate” as it is a shorter and more familiar word to Westerners (also used as a means to express any martial arts competition that involves “unarmed” combat by many world federations), but there are many differences between karate (considered Japanese) and taekwondo (Korean).