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The Challenge (1982)

 -  Action | Drama  -  23 July 1982 (USA)
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A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rick
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Toru Yoshida
Donna Kei Benz ...
Akiko Yoshida
Atsuo Nakamura ...
Hideo Yoshida
Calvin Jung ...
Ando
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Go
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Toshio Yoshida
Kiyoaki Nagai ...
Kubo
Kenta Fukasaku ...
Jiro
Shôgo Shimada ...
Toru Yoshida's Father
Yoshio Inaba ...
Instructor
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Old Man
Miiko Taka ...
Toru Yoshida's Wife
Akio Kameda ...
Boxer
Hisashi Osaka ...
Knifeman
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Storyline

Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At the behest of the businessman, Rick undertakes samurai training from the other brother, but joins his cause. He also becomes romantically involved with the samurai's daughter. Written by <scrow@chop.isca.uiowa.edu>

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He has trained every thought, every muscle, every nerve, for the moment of truth!

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Trivia

First feature film in about three years that was directed by John Frankenheimer whose last picture had been 1979's Prophecy (1979). See more »

Goofs

After Akiko disappears at the street festival, Rick runs into a guy with a walkie-talkie. As they're talking, people passing in the background look at the camera, duck, and run out of frame. See more »

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Referenced in P & B (1983) See more »

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Keeps coming to mind.
20 May 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

This isn't an award winning film. This isn't a well known film. But it has a good premise and is one of my secret pleasures. Two Brothers in a long standing feud over an ancient family sword and an American "dupe" that's been thrown into the fray. We watch his journey and education in a different culture with different values (yet oddly similar to ours, and riddled with similar weaknesses.)

The reason I know I like this one (even with all the flaws) is that it keeps coming to mind from time to time. And after some thought, I think it boils down to basic examinations of how to live one's life. How important is Honor? Is it better to take the quick and easy $ or to work for it? How important are family bonds? Are the modern ways of life any better than the traditional ones? Is it ever too late to turn your life around? And so forth. These are why I like this movie. Sure it can come off as a bit preachy about duty, honor, loyalty and traditional ways, but it has always made me think about what is the best way to live one's life.


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