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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 ...
Instructor
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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Ian Moffat worked on the film's screenplay uncredited. The picture was the second and final of two collaborations of Moffat and director John Frankenheimer who had previously co-written Black Sunday (1977) for Frankenheimer. 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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A SADLY UNDERAPPRECIATED CLASSIC
21 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

What seems to be just another "east meets west" actioner is given the John Frankenheimer treatment and comes up a winner. Scott Glenn is fantastic as a loser boxer recruited to help escort a priceless family heirloom back to Japan, and by the end o f the film he rediscovers his worth as a human being and man. Frankenheimer has always dealt extremely well with themes of "manliness" and this one is no exception. For a good companion piece, check out his even better "round-eye on the loose in Japan" flick THE YAKUZA.


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