* 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."]]
* OldShame: Why yes, "Bumbling Government Agent #2" is Oscar-winner Creator/ForestWhitaker.
* StarMakingRole: Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme.
* 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...]]