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The Mountain Fights Washed Up Belgian Action Star

Published September 13, 2017

Elías Þórsson
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Kickboxer: Retaliation

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known by his nom de guerre The Mountain, is among the stars in the upcoming martial arts film ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’. The movie boasts of a star studded cast including Jean-Claude Van Damme, ageing boxer Mike Tyson and former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho (for some reason), who plays Ronaldo.

The movie is a sequel to the unknown 2016 movie ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’, which was a sequel to the 1989 film ‘Kickboxer’, all starring Van Damme, who is best know for his roles in critically acclaimed movies such as Street Fighter, Universal Soldier and Universal Soldier: The Return.

In the movie Hafþór stars as Mongkut, described as a “beast of a man”, who Kurt, the protagonist, has to fight in order to be allowed to leave Thailand.

Potentially this means that the movie is a contemplative, yet hard hitting Kafkaesque critique on the world’s immigration and refugee systems, and the difficulty of obtaining travel visas.

‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’ is set to be released later this month.

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