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Bloodsport’ stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Bolo Yeung, Norman Burton and Forest Whitaker. This 1988 martial-arts film based on the life of Frank Dux is considered a classic by many, for its portrayal of a large variety of international fighting abilities, ranging from kung fu to muay thai.

The story traces the life of Frank Dux, who has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial-arts tournament. The competition can get pretty nasty and brutal, with participants getting seriously injured and sometimes killed.

Against the advice of his supervisors in the army, Frank decides to participate — knowing very well that he may have to face Chong Li, the killer of a defending champion. In the hope of convincing Frank to drop out, two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads them to Hong Kong. Tune in to the movie on HBO at 10.48 pm on May 16.

Mixed up with unwanted elements

Zone Troopers’ airs on MGM at 9 pm on May 16. In 1944, in Italy, something odd happens — after a group of US troops witness an alien landing, they are quickly caught up in an adventure involving everything from Nazis to ray guns. The movie stars Tim Thomerson, Timothy Van Patten, Art LaFleur, Biff Manard and William Paulson and is directed by Danny Bilson.

A man with many faces

Catch Me If You Can’ is set in New Rochelle in the 1960s. Frank Jr (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is in high school and thinks the world of his father. His world comes crashing down when his father lands in trouble with the IRS and his parents decide to get separated.

 Frank runs away from home with just 25 dollars to his name. A few years later,
he is being tracked by the FBI while he has passed himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer. Will the FBI find enough evidence against Frank? Tune in to the movie on Sony Pix at 10.55 pm on May 16 to find out.

Sceptical about committed relationships

In ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’, Connor (played by Matthew McConaughey) is only interested in casual affairs and cannot understand everlasting love or relationships.

Connor reaches his younger brother’s wedding rehearsal at their dead uncle’s estate, takes him aside and does his best to dissuade him from tying the knot. Later, Uncle Wayne’s ghost (portrayed by Michael Douglas) appears before Connor and tries to undo all the lessons that Wayne has given Connor.

Will Connor change his way of thinking? Catch the flick on WB at 4.27 pm on May 16 to find out. It also stars Jennifer Garner, Emma Stone, Noureen DeWulf and Breckin Meyer.

Part of a prophecy

Watch ‘Eragon’ on Star Movies at 11.21 pm on May 16. The story is set in the mythical land of Alagaesia, ruled over by the evil tyrant King Galbatorix.

He is a former dragon rider, who betrayed his citizens in order to become powerful. Eragon is a farm boy who has been orphaned at a young age.

He finds a blue stone that has been sent to him by Princess Arya and soon gets to know that it is actually a dragon’s egg.

Saphira, the dragon, is born and soon Eragon becomes the dragon rider whose appearance had been predicted in an ancient prophecy.

Watch the film to see how he goes about freeing the people from not just Galbatorix but also the evil sorcerer Durza.

The film stars Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle and Djimon Hounsou.

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