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The Challenge (1982)

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

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Toru Yoshida
Donna Kei Benz ...
Akiko Yoshida
Atsuo Nakamura ...
Hideo Yoshida
Calvin Jung ...
Ando
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Toshio Yoshida
Kiyoaki Nagai ...
Kubo
Kenta Fukasaku ...
Shôgo Shimada ...
Toru Yoshida's Father
Yoshio Inaba ...
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Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Old Man
Miiko Taka ...
Toru Yoshida's Wife
Akio Kameda ...
Boxer
Hisashi Osaka ...
Knifeman
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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

Toshirô Mifune portrayed a character, Toru Yoshida, who had a similar sounding first name to his own. See more »

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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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VERY intense at times and brutal, but I liked it!
9 June 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

There are certain movies on IMDB that are enigmas. The ratings are low, but the reviews are GOOD. Such is The Challenge. Frankenheimer, who had a string of masterworks in the early 60s with Seconds, Manchurian Candidate, The Train, and at least the race parts of Gran Prix stumbled badly on several films thereafter. This, and French Connection II, helped get him back on his feet.

So which is right, the low ratings or the high comments! Duh. Always go with the latter in this case. The Challenge will make you feel like you were in Scott Glen's shoes, immersed in an alien culture that you come to respect and even fight for. And any film with a Goldsmith action score is already a plus.


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