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Karate Killer (1976)
"Kill or Be Killed" (original title)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Ryan ...
Steve Hunt
Charlotte Michelle ...
Olga
Norman Coombes ...
Baron von Rudloff
Daniel DuPlessis ...
Chico
Raymond Ho-Tong ...
Miyagi
Ed Kannemeyer ...
Ruell
Douglas Baggott ...
Luke
Stuart Parker
Jorg Henrichsen
Steve Coetzer
Klaus Zungler
Phillip Gerber
Bevan Bagott ...
Karateka
Ian Bell ...
Karateka
Pieter Burger ...
Karateka
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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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Not just a challenge...the only way to survive! See more »

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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 »

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Most of Steve's high jumps are just filmed with him jumping down and then played in reverse. See more »

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A classic
17 June 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie along with Deathwish 3, Hell train, Commando Amazons and a few other gems are on my unintentionally funny top 10. Some highlights include the incredible plot. The story is of a former SS officer battling his WW2 Japanese equivalent to get revenge for a competition that was held before the war. In that competition the Japanese mastermind Miyagi bribed members of the German team to lose with Diamonds because, as Baron Von Rudolph says "THEY ALWAYS HAVE DIAMONDS!!". Poor Von Rudolph is disgraced and dishonourably discharged by the Fuhrer. 40 years later he is thirsty for revenge. As he recounts the story Von Rudolph quakes with emotion, German war music fills the air and there is not a dry eye in the house. Such is the premise of the competition. Some other highlights include a Dwarf and his doll and action star James Ryan IV dismantling a car with his bare hands to turn it into a sail car for the desert!! Oh yea the martial arts action isnt too bad either. A must rent for the b-movie enthusiast.


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