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The Octagon (1980)

 -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  14 August 1980 (USA)
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A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

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Seikura
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Larry D. Mann ...
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Scott's life is plagued by two kinds of flashbacks. First are the childhood memories of the rigorous training he and a friend endured under a martial arts master. The second is of a mission Scott went on that ended with him watching his friend get murdered. Scott later becomes drawn closer to a vicious crime ring known as The Octagon. As he gets closer to the truth, Scott learns that these may be the men that murdered his friend so long ago. Written by Spaz <junebug2@texas.net>

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In a world of choices, for one man there is no choice . . . he must face THE OCTAGON See more »


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First major Ninja picture of the 1980s popular ninja movie cycle which was first released in the 1980 year before Enter the Ninja (1981) in 1981. The 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice (1967) and Sam Peckinpah's 1977 film The Killer Elite (1975) had both previously featured ninja characters. See more »

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During a car chase sequence, the off-white colored car hits the pursing red vehicle that is parked in its path. The next time we see them, both cars are undamaged and not touching each other. See more »

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Scott: Oh my God! Ninja... ja... ja... ja...
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Norris vs. Ninja
27 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Personally, I wouldn't say that this is an action movie. It's more of a thriller. The movie is in fact really slow and a bit boring most of the time. The decent action doesn't kick in until just before the end. If it hadn't been for that scene, this movie wouldn't have got more than 3 stars from me. But since the last scene was pretty good, I give it a 6. Just remember that this is an Chuck Norris-movie. Norris isn't exactly the best martial arts actor, he hasn't got any spectacular moves and I get a little tired watching him wear the same type of jeans in almost every movie. There are a bunch of ninjas in the movie. The movie tried to establish them as skilled and feared fighters, but it didn't succeed with that.


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