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Karate Killer (1976)

Kill or Be Killed (original title)
Two former ranking figures of the Axis powers schedule a deadly martial arts tournament in an isolated locale. The two rivals then race to assemble the top competitors from around the world... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Ryan ...
Steve Hunt
Charlotte Michelle ...
Norman Coombes ...
Baron von Rudloff
Daniel DuPlessis ...
Raymond Ho-Tong ...
Ed Kannemeyer ...
Douglas Baggott ...
Stuart Parker
Jorg Henrichsen
Steve Coetzer
Klaus Zungler
Phillip Gerber
Bevan Bagott ...
Ian Bell ...
Pieter Burger ...


Two former ranking figures of the Axis powers schedule a deadly martial arts tournament in an isolated locale. The two rivals then race to assemble the top competitors from around the world, with Steve Hunt being the most sought after fighter. Written by JD-2 <Badge19@hotmail.com>

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17 June 1976 (South Africa)  »

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Filmed in 1977, the film was released three years later to capitalize on the martial arts genre that was sweeping the USA at the time. See more »


Several times the lips don't match the words spoken, probably due to language dubbing. See more »


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Silly fight movie, but I liked it
20 February 2001 | by (VEGAS) – See all my reviews

This movie is as goofy as you might expect it to be. It is a cheesy martial arts fight movie, but as far as that genre goes, its actually pretty good. Don't watch this movie expecting to see any high calibre martial arts moves. Although some of the actors in the movie are actual martial artist, all the moves are based on Karate, which is not very effective on film or the real world. Unlike Kung Fu, which is not effective in the real world, but is very effective on film.

The plot of the movie is not very original. Its sort of a rip off of Enter the Dragon, the Bruce Lee classic. The beautiful daughter of a scientist whose father has been kidnapped, hires Steve Chase, champion Karate Man, to rescue him. Steve decides he needs help, so goes around recruiting his old buddies to team up with him, forming a rag-tag group of interesting and eccentric tough guy characters. Then they go off to rescue the doctor from the clutches of a very unique and interestingly eccentric super villain, who runs a cult-like concentration camp where the inmates are injected with the afore mentioned doctor's mind control serum, in a plot to take over the world. What it builds up to is the Super Villain pitting Steve Chase and his buddies against his own warriors in a gladiator like contest to determine who is the ultimate warrior.

But you see, there is enough weird, off the wall stuff to really keep you interested as you watch the movie. The action moves along at a good clip, with original and entertaining scenarios unfolding regularly. As an adult, I see the film as a cheese-fest, but as a kid I LOVED this movie and I would watch it over and over. The fight scenes are pretty well done, the characters are all likable and wierd (check out the super villain's punk rock girlfriend) and its all the kind of stuff a kid just totally eats up.

I rated this movie a 7 out of 10, but I really did like it and I still watch it when I get a chance to catch it on tv, though it is on very rarely. You can still rent it if you look really hard.

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