“Take your fancy clothes and your black silk underwear and go back to Disneyland.”

After a string of low budget, money making karate flicks (“Bloodsport,” “Kickboxer,” “Lionheart”), Jean-Claude Van Damme was bulletproof and ready for more. Working with trusted confidant Sheldon Lettich, the pair hatched “Double Impact,” a big budget, rip roaring 90’s action ride about twin brothers separated at birth who reunite to take back their family’s inheritance.

Utilizing early green screen, exotic Hong Kong locales, splits, kicks, guns and an imaginary sex scene, “Double Impact” was a hit upon arrival in the late summer of 1991.

Already seen as a “karate guy,” Jean-Claude Van Damme knew he was capable of better roles and bigger movies as he attempted to move into more mainstream action films to follow in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. “Double Impact” finds the bulging Belgian playing separate versions of himself, “a Tony Curtis playboy” type in Beverly Hills raised Chad and a “rough, Charles Bronson” figure from the streets of Hong Kong in Alex.

Van Damme would play twins or separate versions of himself at least four more times after. “Enter the Dragon” and “Bloodsport” baddie Bolo Yeung shows up along with frequent Clint Eastwood co-star Geoffrey Lewis, as well as female bodybuilding champion Cory Everson to create an oh so 90’s yet entertaining piece of indie action filmmaking. (Duvien Ho)

Introduction by director/co-writer Sheldon Lettich


Special Thanks to Amazon & Duvien Ho

Director: Sheldon Lettich
Country: United States
Runtime: 110 minutes
Format: 35mm
Year: 1991

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Sheldon Lettich in Person

Discussion between JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON & DOUBLE IMPACT screenings with Jean-Claude Van Damme!       

October 9
10:00 pm (1h 50′)

Egyptian Theatre

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