I believe he may have said that The Quest was going to be his last MARTIAL ARTS film. And it actually was the last pure martial arts movie he starred in.
I kind of feel you on not being impressed with The Quest. I'm not sure why, because it seems to have all the right individual elements for a cool karate flick--exotic location, an attractive female co-star, a tournament with a cool mythology surrounding it, Van Damme looking jacked and doing kicks, and even a prestige actor in the form of Roger Moore--but for some reason it didn't all come together in a fully satisfying way.
I'll take your word, as 'The Quest' is his last "martial arts" film. I hate when my memory mixes everything up lol
Maybe I'll give it another try, re: The Quest. I rented it as a teen, watched it on tv, and saw a few reviews... but I'll watch it again. But I hope I'll like it more than before.
Out of all JVD films, I put "Lion Heart" and "Blood Sport" as my favorites for nostalgia reseasons. Of course 'Stree Fighter' because it was a fun film.
The Quest is not a bad movie. I first watched it at the theater--I was pretty young and I think it was the first movie I ever watched in a theater by myself--and I later bought it on DVD and rewatched it a few times. But I also think that with some tweaks it could've been better.
My Top 3 JCVD movies have always been Bloodsport, Kickboxer and Double Impact.
The Quest isn't bad. And Legionnaire is a surprisingly good straight-to-video movie.
The Order is another straight-to-video movie he did, and it's not genuinely good (as I feel Legionnaire is), but I think it at least falls into "guilty pleasure" territory.
For Van Damme's best dramatic work JCVD is a must-see.