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The Challenge (1982)

R  |   |  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rick Murphy
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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

The modern Japanese architectural complex, the setting for the film's big finale, as well as being seen on the film's main movie poster and prominently on home video covers, was the International Conference Hall in Kyoto, Japan. 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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If you liked the sword fighting in "kill bill" see this!
13 November 2003 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a very under rated movie. I remember when it first came out "Siskel and Ebert" TV show was THE movie review program and at that time they had a big called "the dog of the week" where they would show a couple clips from some grade Z film and trash it. Siskel said they had picked "The Challenge" based on the fact it was advertized as a cheap Bruce Lee knock off. Instead Siskel turned the segment around and instead of trashing it talked about how fun it was and what the heck was the studio thinking to just dump it like that. As for the movie, good cast, has all the elements for a "movie that men want to watch" namely humor, sex, and plenty of action. Very well made and considering Frankenheimer I would have thought people would give it more of a chance. If you like Hugh Grant movies skip it, if you prefer Tarentino then by all means check it out. Wait until you see Scott Glenn being served food that is still crawling!


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