* ActorAllusion: Bolo Yeung is readily identified as an opponent of BruceLee in ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', here as the villain many of his lines come almost directly from that movie. [[ShoutOut "Impressive, but brick not hit back."]]
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Creator/ForestWhitaker from TheLastKingOfScotland is one of the agents sent to find and detain Frank.
** The winning fighter in the opening bout of the Kumite is [[Film/{{Kickboxer}} Tong Po]].
** [[Film/RevengeOfTheNerds Ogre]] is the other American fighter in the tournament.
** Veteran kung fu heavy Bolo Yeung is the BigBad
* OldShame: Why yes, "Bumbling Government Agent #2" is Oscar-winner Creator/ForestWhitaker.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Time was not kind to you, ''VideoGame/KarateChamp''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' was originally going to be a game based on this movie. Johnny Cage's look from [=MK1=] was a clear homage to Van Damme's fight attire from this movie. Van Damme was even going to play Johnny Cage, but [[Film/StreetFighter chose another video game movie instead...]]
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