The Blood of Heroes, starring Rutger (Blade Runner) Hauer and Joan (Twin Peaks) Chen. It’s a sports movie (well, a bloodsports movie) about a team of “Juggers” who want to compete in the big leagues. Lots of bone breaking and blood and hand-to-hand combat in a desperate grim spectacle without all the set-piece choreography of a dumbass kung-fu flick. People get hurt and they stay hurt, unlike sterotypical action movies where heroes shrug off ten or fifteen punches to the face.
Plus they throw in some stuff about class warfare and warrior honour. Politically correct for its mixture of nationalities and gender roles, but not sanctimoniously so, thank God.
Highest rating, mostly for Hauer. I recommend this action movie for people who like strong female characters, since Joan Chen delivers and looks hot doing it, with a bimbo factor of zero. Also features Vincent D’Onofrio and Delroy Lindo, making his debut.