Jean-Claude Van Damme: ”With every movie you make, you always hope it will find its way in the jungle”

One of the many highlights of the well-attended 12th edition of the Ostend Film Festival in Belgium was the visit of martial artist, action hero and screen star Jean-Claude Van Damme (b. 1960). During his short visit to his native country, he held a press conference and with his good-natured charm and enthusiasm, he was happy to talk about his career in films. He was accompanied by two Flemish actors, Sam Louwyck and Kevin Janssens, who appeared with him in his latest film “Lukas” (a.k.a. “The Bouncer”) which was screened later that night. His sister and his parents also attended the press conference: they sat quietly in the back, and so the whole family got to spend a day together at the Belgian seashore as Mr. Van Damme, who resides in Honk Kong, was honored at the Festival throughout the entire evening.

The ‘Muscles from Brussels,’ a.k.a. JCVD, has been around for quite some time now. His first leading role in “No Retreat, No Surrender” (1986) launched his international career right away, and his next feature “Bloodsport” (1988) made him a box office star. Up until he did “Maximum Risk” (1996), his films had grossed over $ 300,000,000 in the U.S. alone, with “Timecop” (1994, directed by Peter Hyams) becoming his most successful film to date (U.S. gross $ 45,000,000 and worldwide gross over $100,000,000).

Later on, his popularity at the box-office waned, but with a number of his films going straight to video or DVD, his career revived in video stores and he’s still going from one project to another. In later years he collaborated on big-budget animated blockbusters as “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) and “Kung Fu Panda 3” (2016), and worked with Sylvester Sallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger when they did “The Expendables 2” (2012) together.

“Hi guys! How are you?” Mr. Van Damme said when he entered the press conference room with a big smile. A few people from his own entourage made sure that his Instagram and Facebook accounts captured the entire press conference for his fan base “from Mongolia to Belgium,” as he said, and off he went to talk about his latest feature “Lukas,” shot in Belgium.

Jean-Claude Van Damme at the Ostend Film Festival press conference. Photograph: Leo Verswijver

Mr. Van Damme: “I was very happy to make this movie here. It was a simple story, but a great script, and we had a great cast. I didn’t know the actors, but when we started working, I knew immediately that without them the movie wouldn’t be as good as it is now. So I was very fortunate to be working with them, and the film also allowed me to be in Belgium once again, I got to spend some time here and visit places that I hadn’t seen in a long time. I know “Lukas” was not well-received in France in terms of box office, but the critics were very favorable. Money is one thing, but the appreciation of the critics is also very crucial. The New York Times Magazine wrote they had made a mistake in the past, that Jean-Claude Van Damme can jump from “Bloodsport” movies or karate movies and do something else too.”

“We also had a great team: “Lukas” wasn’t a big production, but what they did was amazing and I’m very proud of the film which will do well in countries like Russia or Latin America – if it will be released there too. But hopefully the film will have some legs. I wish that it could be released worldwide, because if you get to see it on a small screen, all the good acting will be compressed: when you do a TV show, you sometimes have to exaggerate so you can see and feel all the emotions on a small screen, while on the big screen, you sometimes only have to blink your eyes to express something.”

“I’ve done many movies, and each time you need to have a script, finance the whole thing, look for the perfect locations, find the right actors, and there are many things to do in terms of camera, lighting, etc. When shooting is finished, you go into post-production with music, editing, voice-over… It takes about nine months. That’s a lot of work and energy, and with every movie you make, you always hope it will find its way in the jungle. But filmmaking is a very rewarding experience: you work in different countries, you get accustomed to different cultures and religions, other food, other ways of life, etc.”

Right after the press conference ended, Jean-Claude Van Damme and his family went to the Ostend Walk of Fame. Photograph: Leo Verswijver
Top and below: Jean-Claude Van Damme with his sister and his parents as he received a star of his own at the Ostend Film Festival. Photographs: Leo Verswijver

“I owe everything to my parents: they always believed in me and in whatever I did. My mother told me all about love, and my father everything about life, so they made me feel very confident. They always came to see me when I did karate. We are a very strong family, even though we don’t see each other very much.”

Mr. Van Damme grew up near the Belgian seashore and often came to run on the beach when he had the ambition of becoming a champion: “When I first started doing karate, it was not an expensive thing to do: you paid one hundred dollars for a one-year membership and you also got a kimono. My father later said to me that it was his best investment ever.”

Film Festival Oostende, Ostend (Belgium)
September 9, 2018

FILMS

EEN VROUW TUSSEN HOND EN WOLF, a.k.a. WOMAN IN A TWILIGHT GARDEN and WOMAN BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF (1979) DIR André Delvaux SCR André Delvaux, Ivo Michiels CAM Charles Van Damme MUS Etienne Verschueren CAST Marie-Christine Barrault, Rutger Hauer, Roger Van Hool, Senne Rouffaer, Bert André, Raf Reymen, Hector Camerlynck, Matthieu Carrière, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Movie Goer / Man in the Garden [uncredited]),

BREAKIN’ (1984) DIR Joel Silberg PROD Allen DeBevoise, David Zito SCR Charles Parker, Allen DeBevoise, Gerald Scaife (story by Charles Parker, Allen DeBevoise) CAM Hanania Baer ED Larry Bock, Gib Jaffe, Vincent Sklena MUS Michael Boyd, Gary Malkin CAST Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers, Ben Lokey, Christopher MacDonald, Phineas Newborn III, Ice-T, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Spectator in First Dance Sequence [uncredited])

MISSING IN ACTION (1984) DIR Joseph Zito PROD Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus SCR James Burner (story by Lance Hool, John Crowther; characters created by Arthur Silver, Larry Levinson, Steve Bing) CAM João Fernandes ED Joel Goodman, Daniel Loewenthal MUS Jay Chattaway CAST Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, David Tress, Lenore Kasdorf, James Hong, Ernie Ortega, Pierrino Mascarino, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Soldier [uncredited])

MONACO FOREVER (1984) DIR – PROD – ED William A. Levey SCR William A. Levey, C. William Pitt CAM Daryn Okada MUS Issac Porter CAST Charles Pitt, Nancy Brock, Daniele Romer, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Gay Karate Man), Angelini Bandini, Bill White, Nancy Zinzell

NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER (1986) DIR Corey Yuen PROD See-Yuen Ng SCR Keith W. Strandberg (original story by Corey Yuen, See-Yuen Ng) CAM John Huneck, David Golia ED Hung Poon MUS Paul Gilreath, Frank Harris CAST Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Ivan Kraschinsky the Russian), J.W. Fails, Kathie Sileno, Tae-Jeong Kim, Kent Lipham, Ron Pohnel, Dale Jacoby, Peter Cunningham

BLOODSPORT (1988) DIR Newt Arnold PROD Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Mark DiSalle SCR Sheldon Lettich, Christopher Cosby, Mel Friedman (story by Sheldon Lettich) CAM David Worth ED Carl Kress MUS Paul Hertzog CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Frank Dux), Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton, Forest Witaker, Roy Chiao, Philip Chan, Pierre Rafini

BLACK EAGLE (1988) DIR Eric Karson PROD Shimon Amara SCR A. E. Peters, Michael Gonzales (story by Shimon Arama) CAM George Koblasa ED Michael Kelly MUS Terry Plumeri CAST Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Andrei), Doran Clark, Bruce French, Vladimir Skomarovsky, William Bassett, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi

CYBORG (1989) DIR Albert Pyun PROD Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus SCR Kitty Chambers [Albert Pyun] CAM Philip Alan Waters ED Scott Stevenson MUS Kevin Bassinson CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Gibson Rickenbacker), Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Alex Daniels, Dayle Haddon, Blaise Loong, Ralf Moeller, Haley Peterson, Terrie Batson

KICKBOXER (1989) DIR – PROD Mark DiSalle, David Worth SCR Glenn A. Bruce (story by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mark DiSalle) CAM Jon Kranhouse ED Wayne Wahrman MUS Paul Hertzog CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Kurt Sloane), Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan, Michel Qissi, Haskell V. Anderson III, Rochelle Ashana, Ka Ting Lee

LIONHEART (1990) DIR Sheldon Lettich PROD Eric Karson, Ash R. Shah SCR Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sheldon Lettich (story by Jean-Claude Van Damme) CAM Robert C. New ED Mark Conte MUS John Scott CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Lyon), Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan, Ashley Johnson, Brian Thompson, Voyo Goric, Michel Qissi

DEATH WARRANT (1990) DIR Deran Sarafian PROD Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Alan Ladd Jr. SCR David S. Goyer CAM Russell Carpenter ED John A. Barton, G. Gregg McLaughlin MUS Gary Chang CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Louis Burke), Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, George Dickerson, Art LaFleur, Patrick Kilpatrick, Joshua John Miller, Hank Stone

DOUBLE IMPACT (1991) DIR Sheldon Lettich PROD Jean-Claude Van Damme, Paul Michael Glaser, Ashok Amritraj SCR Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sheldon Lettich (screen story by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sheldon Lettich, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes) CAM Richard H. Kline ED Mark Conte MUS Arthur Kempel CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Alex / Chad Wagner), Geoffrey Lewis, Alonna Shaw, Corinna Everson, Philip Chan, Alan Scarfe, Bolo Yeung, Andy Armstrong, Wu Fong Lung

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (1992) DIR Roland Emmerich PROD Craig Baumgarten, Joel B. Michaels, Allen Shapiro SCR Dean Devlin (story by Christopher Leitch, Richard Rothstein) CAM Karl Walter Lindenlaub ED Michael J. Duthie MUS Christopher Franke CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Luc Deveraux / GR44), Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker, Ed O’Ross, Jerry Orbach, Leon Rippy, Tico Wells, Ralf Moeller, Robert Trebor

NOWHERE TO RUN (1993) DIR Robert Harmon PROD Craig Baumgarten, Gary Adelson SCR Joe Eszterhas, Randy Feldman, Leslie Bohem (story by Joe Eszterhas, Richard Marquand) CAM David Gribble ED Mark Helfrich, Zach Staenberg MUS Mark Isham CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Sam Gillen), Rosanna Arquette, Kieran Culkin, Ted Levine, Tiffany Taubman, Edward Blatchford, Anthony Starke, Joss Ackland

LAST ACTION HERO (1993) DIR – PROD John McTiernan SCR Shane Black, David Arnott (story by Adam Leff, Zack Penn) CAM Dean Semler ED Richard A. Harris, John Wright MUS Michael Kamen CAST Arnold Scharzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance, Frank McRae, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, Mercedes Ruehl, Joan Plowright, Maria Shriver, Tina Turner, Chevy Chase, Sharon Stone, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Himself)

HARD TARGET (1993) DIR John Woo PROD Sean Daniel, James Jacks SCR Chuck Pfarrer CAM Russell Carpenter ED Bob Murawski MUS Tim Simonec, Graeme Revell CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Chance Boudreaux), Lance Henricksen, Yancy Butler, Wilford Brimley, Lenore Banks, Eliott Keener, Arnold Vosloo, Robert Apisa

TIMECOP (1994) DIR – CAM Peter Hyams PROD Sam Raimi, Moshe Diamant SCR Mark Verheiden (story by Mark Verheiden, Mike Richardson; comic series by Mark Verheiden, Mike Richardson) MUS Mark Isham ED Steven Kemper CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Walker), Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill, Gloria Reuben, Scott Bellis, Jason Schombing, Scott Lawrence

STREETFIGHTER (1994) DIR – SCR Steven E. de Souza PROD Edward R. Pressman, Kenzo Tsujimoto CAM William A. Fraker ED Edward M. Abroms, Dov Hoenig, Donn Aron, Anthony Redman, Robert F. Shugrue MUS Graeme Revell CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Colonel Guile), Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Ming-Na Wen, Damian Chapa, Kylie Minogue, Simon Callow, Byron Mann, Roshan Seth, Andrew Bryniarski, Edward R. Pressman

SUDDEN DEATH (1995) DIR – CAM Peter Hyams PROD Howard Baldwin, Moshe Diamant SCR Gene Quintano (story by Karen Elise Baldwin) ED Steven Kemper MUS John Debney CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Darren McCord), Powers Boothe, Raymond J. Barry, Whittni Wright, Ross Malinger, Dorian Harewood, Kate McNeil

THE QUEST (1996) DIR Jean-Claude Van Damme PROD Moshe Diamant SCR Steven Klein, Paul Mones (story by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Frank Dux) CAM David Gribble ED William J. Meshover, John F. Link MUS Randy Edelman CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Christopher Dubois), Roger Moore, James Remar, Janet Gunn, Jack McGee, Aki Aleong, Abdel Qissi, Louis Mandylor

MAXIMUM RISK (1996) DIR Ringo Lam PROD Moshe Diamant SCR Larry Ferguson CAM Alexander Gruszynski ED Bill Pankow MUS Robert Folk CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Alain Moreau / Mikhail Suverov), Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hughes Anglade, Zach Grenier, Paul Ben-Victor, Frank Senger, Stefanos Miltsakakis, Stéphane Audran

DOUBLE TEAM (1997) DIR Hark Tsui PROD Moshe Diamant SCR Don Jakoby (story by Don Jakoby) CAM Peter Pau ED Bill Pankow MUS Gary Chang CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jack Quinn), Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke, Paul Freeman, Natacha Lindinger, Valéria Cavalli, Jay Benedict, Joëlle Devaux-Vullion

KNOCK OFF (1998) DIR Hark Tsui PROD Nansun Shi SCR Steven E. de Souza CAM Arthur Wong ED Marco Mak, Craig Menighan MUS Ron Mael, Russell Mael CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Marcus Ray), Rob Schneider, Lela Rochon, Paul Sorvino, Carman Lee, Wyman Wong, Glen Chin, Michael Wong, Moses Chan

LEGIONNAIRE (1998) DIR Peter MacDonald PROD Jean-Claude Van Damme, Peter MacDonald, Edward R. Pressman SCR Sheldon Lettich, Rebecca Morrison (story by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sheldon Lettich) CAM Douglas Milsome ED Mike Murphy, Christopher Tellefsen MUS John Altman CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Alain Lefevre), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff, Nicholas Farrell, Jim Carter, Ana Sofrenovic, Daniel Caltagirone

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN (1999) DIR Mic Rogers PROD Jean-Claude Van Damme, Craig Baumgarten, Allen Shapiro SCR John Fasano, William Malone (characters created by Christopher Leitch, Richard Rothstein, Dean Devlin) CAM Michael A. Benson [Mike Benson] ED Rachel Abroms, Jory Weitz MUS Don Davis CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Luc), Michael Jai White, Heidi Schanz, Xander Berkely, Justin Lazard, Kiana Tom, Daniel von Bargen

INFERNO, a.k.a. DESERT HEAT (1999) DIR Danny Mulroon [John G. Avildson] PROD Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lawrence Levy, Evzen Kolar SCR Tom O’Rourke CAM Ross A. Maehl ED J. Douglas Seeling MUS Bill Conti CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Eddie Lomax), Pat Morita, Danny Trejo, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Larry Drake, Vincent Schiavelli, David ‘Shark’ Fralick, Priscilla Pointer

REPLICANT (2001) DIR Ringo Lam PROD David Dadon, John Thompson, Danny Lerner SCR Les Weldon, Lawrence Riggins CAM Mike Southon ED David M. Richardson MUS Alex Khaskin, Guy Zerafa CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Replicant / Edward Garrotte), Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent, Brandon James Olson, Pam Hyatt, Ian Robison, Allan Gray, James Hutson

THE ORDER (2001) DIR Sheldon Lettich PROD John Thompson, Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner SCR Jean-Claude Van Damme, Les Weldon CAM David Garfinkel ED Alain Jakubowicz, Donn Aron MUS Pino Donaggio CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Rudy Cafmeyer), Charlton Heston, Sofia Milos, Brian Thompson, Ben Cross, Vernon Dobtcheff, Sasson Gabai, Alon Aboutboul

DERAILED (2002) DIR Bob Misiorowski PROD Boaz Davidson, Danny Lerner, David Varod SCR Jace Anderson, Adam Gierasch (story by Boaz Davidson) CAM Ross W. Clarkson ED Fernando Villena, Marc Jakubowicz MUS Serge Colbert CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jacques Kristoff), Tomas Arana, Laura Harring, Susan Gibney, Lucy Jenner, Jessica Bowman, Kristopher Van Varenberg [Kris Van Damme], John Bishop

IN HELL (2003) DIR Ringo Lam PROD Danny Lerner, John Thompson, David Varod SCR Eric James Virgets, Jorge Alvarez CAM John B. Aronson ED David M. Richardson MUS Alexander Bubenheim CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Kyle LeBlanc), Lawrence Taylor, Lloyd Battista, Carlos Gómez, Manol Manolov, Chris Moir, Billy Rieck

NARCO (2004) DIR Tristan Aurouet, Gilles Lelouche PROD Alain Attal SCR Gilles Lelouche (story by Alain Attal, Philippe Lefebvre) CAM Tetsuo Nagata ED Samuel Danési, Vincent Montrobert MUS Sébastien Tellier CAST Guillaume Canet, Zabou Breitman, Benoît Poelvoorde, Guillaume Gallienne, François Berléand, Vincent Rottiers, Léa Drucker, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Anne Marivin, Diane Kruger, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Himself)

WAKE OF DEATH (2004) DIR Philippe Martinez PROD Philippe Martinez, Stéphanie Martinez, Stanley Roup, Alan Latham SCR Philippe Martinez, Mick Davis, Laurent Fellous, Kristina Hamilton-Grobler CAM Emmanuel Kadosch ED Dedan Ouziel, Christopher Robin Bell MUS Guy Farley CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Ben Archer), Simon Yam, Philip Tan, Valerie Tian, Tony Schiena, Chade Hernandez, Danny Keogh

SINAV (2006) DIR Ömer Faruk Sorak PROD Murat Akdilek SCR Yigit Güralp (also story) CAM Veli Kuzlu ED Çagri Türkkan MUS Ramiz Bayraktar, Ozan Çolakoglu CAST Ismail Hacioglu, Yagmur Atacan, Rüya Önal, Caner Özyurtlu, Volkan Demorik, Altan Erkekli, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Charles)

SECOND IN COMMAND (2006) DIR Simon Fellows PROD Brad Krevoy, Donald Kushner, Pierre Sprengler SCR Jonathan Bowers, David L. Corley, Jayson Rothwell (story by Jonathan Bowers, David L. Corley, Milton Bearden) CAM Douglas Milsome ED Andrea Clark, Julia Verdin, Jeremy Zimmermann MUS Mark Sayfritz CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Cmdr. Sam Keenan), Julie Cox, Alan McKenna, Razaaq Adoti, Velibor Topic, William Tapley, Warren Derosa, Ian Virgo

THE HARD COPS (2006) DIR Sheldon Lettich PROD Pierre Spengler, Brad Krevoy SCR Sheldon Lettich, George Saunders CAM Douglas Milsome ED Matthew Booth MUS Joseph Metcalfe CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Philippe Sauvage), Razaaq Adoti, Vivica A. Fox, Viv Leacock, Mark Griffin, Ron Selmour

UNTIL DEATH (2007) DIR Simon Fellows PROD Moshe Diamant SCR Dan Harris, James Portolese CAM Douglas Milsome ED Matthew Booth MUS Mark Sayfritz CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Anthony Stowe), Stephen Rea, Selina Giles, Mark Dymond, William Ash, Stephen Lord

THE SHEPHERD, a.k.a. THE SHEPHERD: BORDER CONTROL (2008) DIR Isaac Florentine PROD Moshe Diamant, Gilbert Dumontet SCR Cade Courtley, Joe Gayton CAM Douglas Milsome ED Irit Raz MUS Mark Sayfritz CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jack Robideaux), Stephen Lord, Natalie J. Robb, Gary McDonald, Daniel Perrone, Scott Adkins, Andrée Bernard

JCVD (2008) DIR Mabrouk El Mechri EXEC PROD Jean-Claude Van Damme SCR Mabrouk El Mechri, Frédéric Benudis, Christophe Turpin (original idea by Frédéric Taddeï, Vincent Ravalec) CAM Pierre-Yves Bastard ED Kako Kelber MUS Gast Watzling CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD), Valérie Bodson, Hervé Sogne, Mourade Zeguendi, Renata Kamara, Huifang Wang

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION (2009) DIR John Hyams PROD Craig Baumgarten, Moshe Diamant SCR Victor Ostrovsky (characters created by Christopher Leitch, Richard Rothstein, Dean Devlin) CAM Peter Hyams ED John Hyams, Jason Gallagher MUS Michael Krassner CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Luc Deveraux), Dolph Lundgren, Andrei Arlovski, Mike Pyle, Corey Johnson, Garry Cooper, Emily Joyce, Zachary Baharov

THE EAGLE PATH (2010) DIR – SCR – ED Jean-Claude Van Damme PROD Jean-Claude Van Damme, Eugene Van Varenberg, Moshe Diamant CAM Douglas Milsome MUS Traithep Wongpaiboon CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Frenchy), Claudia Bassols, John Colton, Josef Cannon, Adam Karst, Chuck DiMaria, Cal Rein, Bianca Brigitte VanDamme, Kris Van Damme

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011, animated) DIR Jennifer Yuh Nelson PROD Melissa Cobb SCR Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger ED Maryann Brandon, Clare De Chenu MUS Hans Zimmer, John Powell CAST (voice only) Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Master Croc)

ASSASSINATION GAMES (2011) DIR Ernie Barbarash PROD Justin Bursch, Brad Krevoy, Patrick Newall SCR Aaron Rahsaan Thomas CAM Phil Parmet ED Peter Devaney Flanagan MUS Neal Acree CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Vincent Brazil), Scott Adkins, Ivan Kaye, Valentin Teodosiu, Alin Panc, Kevin Chapman, Serban Celea, Michael Higgs, Kris Van Damme, Bianca Brigitte VanDamme

BEUR SUR LA VILLE (2011) DIR – PROD – SCR Djamel Bensalah CAM Pascal Gennesseaux ED Jean-François Elie MUS Rachid Taha CAST Booder, Issa Doumbia, Steve Tran, Sandrine Kiberlain, Josiane Balasko, Gérard Jugnot, Roland Giraud, François-Xavier Demaison, Jean-Claude Van Damme (The Colonel)

RZHEVSKIY PROTIV NAPOLEONA, a.k.a. RZHEVSKIY VS. NAPOLEON (2012) DIR Maryus Vaysberg [Marius Balchunas] PROD Maryus Vaysberg [Marius Balchunas], Sergey Livnev, Sergey Shefir, Vladimir Zelenskiy, Andrey Yakovlev SCR Maryus Vaysberg [Marius Balchunas], Yuriy Volovich, Andrey Yakovlev CAM Irek Hartowicz ED David Dodson MUS Ilya Oleynikov CAST Pavel Derevyanko, Vladimir Zelenskiy, Mikhail Efremov, Svetlana Kodchenkova, Marat Basharov, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Himself)

DRAGON EYES (2012) DIR John Hyams PROD Joel Silver, Alan Amiel, Courtney Solomon SCR Tim Tori CAM Stephen Schlueter ED Andrew Bentler, Andrew Drazek, Jon Greenhaigh MUS Michael Krassner CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Tiano), Cung Te, Johnny Holmes, Peter Weller, Sam Medina, Crystal Mantecon, Danny Mora

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (2012) DIR Simon West PROD Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Miguel Menéndez de Zubillaga, Les Weldon SCR Sylvester Stallone, Richard Wenk (story by Ken Kaufman, David Agosto, Richard Wenk; characters created by Dave Callaham) CAM Shelly Johnson ED Todd E. Miller MUS Brian Tyler CAST Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Vilain), Bruce Willis, Arnold Scharzenegger

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (2012) DIR John Hyams PROD Craig Baumgarten, Moshe Diamant SCR John Hyams, Doug Magnuson, Jon Greenhalgh (story by John Hyams, Moshe Diamant; characters created by Christopher Leitch, Richard Rothstein, Dean Devlin) CAM Yaron Levy ED John Hyams, Andrew Drazek MUS Will Hendricks, Michael Krassner, Robin Vining CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Luc Deveraux), Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, Mariah Bonner, Andrei Arlovski, Tony Jarreau, Craig Walker

6 BULLETS (2012) DIR Ernie Barbarash PROD Justin Bursch, Patrick Newall CO-PROD Bianca Brigitte VanDamme, Mark Bakunas EXEC PROD Jean-Claude Van Damme SCR Chad Law, Evan Law CAM Phil Parmet ED Peter Devaney Flanagan MUS Neal Acree CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Samson Gaul), Joe Flanigan, Anna-Louise Plowman, Charlotte Beaumont, Steve Nicolson, Kris Van Damme, Bianca Brigitte VanDamme, Uriel Emil, Louis Dempsey

ALIEN UPRISING, a.k.a. U.F.O. (2012) DIR – SCR Dominic Burns PROD Dominic Burns, Tim Major, Andy Thompson, Alain Wildberger CAM Luke Bryant ED Richard Colton MUS Si Begg CAST Bianca Bree [Bianca Brigitte VanDamme], Sean Brosnan, Simon Phillips, Maya Grant, Andrew Shim, Peter Barrett, Jean-Claude Van Damme (George)

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2013) DIR Rob Meltzer PROD Justin Kanew, Luillo Ruiz SCR Jeff Kauffmann CAM Eric Haase ED Harry Yoon MUS Karl Preusser CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Storm), Adam Brody, Rob Heubel, Megan Boone, Kristen Schaal, Dennis Haysbert, Bianca Bree [Bianca Brigitte VanDamme]

ENEMIES CLOSER (2013) DIR – CAM Peter Hyams PROD Moshe Diamant, Orlando Jones, Bobby Ranghelov SCR Eric Bromberg, James Bromberg ED John Hyams MUS Tony Morales CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Xander), Tom Everett Scott, Orlando Jones, Linzey Cocker, Christopher Robbie, Zachary Baharov, Kris Van Damme

SWELTER (2014) DIR – SCR Keith Parmer PROD Eleonore Dailly, Chris Ranta CAM Michael Mayers ED Martin Bernfeld MUS Tree Williams CAST Lennie James, Grant Bowler, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Josh Henderson, Alfred Molina, Freya Tingley, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Stillman)

FULL LOVE (2014) DIR – PROD – SCR Jean-Claude Van Damme CAM Douglas Milsome ED Noureddine Zerrad MUS Youssef Guezoum CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Frenchy), Claudia Bassols, John Colton, Joseph Cannon, Adam Karst, Cal Rein, Bianca Bree [Bianca Brigitte VanDamme], Kristopher Van Varenberg [Kris Van Damme]

POUND OF FLESH (2015) DIR Ernie Barbarash PROD Henry Luk, Aki Aleong SCR Joshua James CAM Cliff Hokanson ED Asim Nuraney MUS Paul Michael Thomas CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Deacon Lyle), John Ralston, Aki Aleong, Charlotte Peters, Darren Shahlavi, Brahim Achabbakhe, Adele Baughan

JIAN BING MAN (2015) DIR Chengpeng Dong PROD Yedda Zhixi Chen, Tian Tian SCR Chengpeng Dong, Biao Su CAM Danny Chen ED Yiran Tu MUS Yingjun Zhao CAST Chengpeng Dong, Shanshan Yuan, Yan Liu, Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Eric Tsang, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Himself),

KUNG FU PANDA 3 (2016, animated) DIR Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson PROD Melissa Cobb SCR Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger ED Clare De Chenu MUS Hans Zimmer CAST (voice only) Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J. K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Master Croc)

KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE (2016) DIR John Stockwell PROD Nicholas Celozzi, Dimitri Logothetis, Ted Field, Samuel Cory Timpson, Allen Knudson SCR Jim McGrath, Dimitri Logothetis (characters created by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mark DiSalle) CAM Mateo Londono ED Carsten Kurpanek, Chris A. Peterson MUS Adam Dorn CAST David Bautista, Alain Moussi, Gina Garano, Georges St-Pierre, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Master Durand), T. J. Storm, Matthew Ziff

KILL’EM ALL (2017) DIR Peter Malota PROD Richard Salvatore, Rafael Primorac SCR Brian Smolensky, Craig Stewart, Jesse Cilio CAM Mark Rutledge ED Yvan Gauthier MUS Aldo Shilaku CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Philip), Autumn Reeser, Peter Stormare, Maria Conchita Alonso, Daniel Bernhardt, Kris Van Damme, Mila Kaladjurdjevic

KICKBOXER: RETALIATION (2018) DIR Dimitri Logothetis PROD Dimitri Logothetis, Robert Hickman SCR Dimitri Logothetis, Jim McGrath (characters created by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mark DiSalle) CAM Gerardo Madrazo ED Daniel McDonald, Christopher Robin Bell MUS Adam Dorn CAST Alain Moussi, Christopher Lambert, Mike Tyson, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Master Durand), Sara Malakul Lane, Sam Medina, Steven Swadling

BLACK WATER (2018) DIR – CAM Pasha Patriki PROD Richard Switzer, Tyler W. Konney, Alexander Ferguson, Jason Cherubini SCR Chad Law (story by Chad Law, Tyler W. Konney, Richard Switzer) MUS Spencer Creaghan CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Wheeler), Dolph Lundgren, Jasmine Waltz, Patrick Kilpatrick, Courtney B Turk, Al Sapienza, Kris Van Damme, John Posey, Aaron O’Connell

LUKAS, a.k.a. THE BOUNCER (2018) DIR Julien Leclercq PROD Julien Leclercq, Jérémie Guez, Julien Madon, Aimée Buidine SCR Jérémie Guez CAM Robrecht Heyvaert ED Benjamin Courtines CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Lukas), Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila, Alice Verset, Sam Louwyck, Kevin Janssens, Kaaris

WE DIE YOUNG (2018) DIR – SCR Lior Geller PROD Moshe Diamant, Sagiv Diamant, Gabriel Georgiev, James Portolese CAM Ivan Vatsov ED Lior Geller, Tal Keller MUS Erez Koskas CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme (Daniel), Atanas Srebrev, Karlos Klaumannsmoller, Elijah Rodriguez, Joana Metrass, David Castañeda, Kerry Bennett