MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 503 this week

The Challenge (1982)

 -  Action | Drama  -  23 July 1982 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 1,139 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 17 critic

A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 230 titles
created 26 Apr 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 917 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Challenge" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Challenge (1982)

The Challenge (1982) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Challenge.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fibre he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a young beautiful ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Tuesday Weld, Estelle Parsons
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A salesman with a sudden passion for reform has an idea to sell to his barfly buddies: throw away your pipe dreams. The drunkards, living in a flophouse above a saloon, resent the idea.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Lee Marvin, Fredric March, Robert Ryan
The Horsemen (1971)
Certificate: GP Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Omar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jack Palance
All Fall Down (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ralph and Annabell Willart are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for nothing son Berry-Berry. When Berry-Berry begins yet another meaningless love ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Karl Malden
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three skydivers and their travelling thrill show barnstorm through a small midwestern town one Fourth of July weekend.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Gene Hackman
52 Pick-Up (1986)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A secret fling between a man and his mistress leads to blackmail and murder.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: David Niven, Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy. He begins to discover that the facts in the case aren't ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a 16-year-old, neglected by his movie producer father, gets in trouble, his father doesn't believe his claim of self-defense.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: James MacArthur, Kim Hunter, James Daly
The Fixer (1968)
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bog, is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown
Drama | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following the opening of a Japanese auto factory in Sicily, the head of the company is kidnapped by Sicilian mobsters. In hopes of avoiding paying either ransom or life insurance, the head ... See full summary »

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: Kôji Kikkawa, Andy J. Forest, Marina Suma
The Rainmaker (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Traveling rainmaker Starbuck arrives at the drought-ridden Curry place, promising rain for the farm and perhaps a romance for 'spinster sister' Lizzie

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Lonny Chapman, James Cromwell, Tommy Lee Jones
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Rick
...
Toru Yoshida
Donna Kei Benz ...
Akiko Yoshida
Atsuo Nakamura ...
Hideo Yoshida
Calvin Jung ...
Ando
...
Go
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Equals  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Star Billing: Scott Glenn (1st), Toshirô Mifune (2nd) and Donna Kei Benz (3rd). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in P & B (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
awesome and overlooked adventure yarn
25 June 2006 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I must confess to a particular fondness for thetwo films of John Frankenheimer's that he himself didn't seem to have much affection for: Prophecy(about mutant bears in the woods of Maine) and his one, The Challenge. I remember seeing this in theaters back in '82 and really digging it. The script by John Sayles moves along at a nice clip and Scott Glenn is well cast and well used ( for once) as the down on his luck American boxer who finds himself involved in an age old blood feud between two opposing ways of life in Japan; there is an interesting tension between the good guys and the bad guys: East/West as well as Modern/Traditional. (Clever fellow, that Mr Sayles.)The major character arc for Scott Glenn's American pug is not at all dissimilar to that later adopted by Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. Not only does this film have one of the last major performances in a western film from that towering figure of Japanese cinema, Toshiro Mifune, but it boasts what remains one of the all-time classic modern sword fights in the climactic showdown in a giant gleaming glass and steel Japanese office building. Scott Glenn and Atsuo Nakamura slash each other to ribbons with samurai swords then resort to stapling each other's faces and shocking each other with severed computer cables during the final battle and it is choreographed, shot and edited, with a snappy sense of kineticism. Bravo to all involved.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Challenge DVD mrc8251
Aspect ratio? gantami
Head Splitting Scene? animemom
I dont get it beradhimself
3 actors from Seven Samurai in this film Shogun7
Wrong picture el-fast
Discuss The Challenge (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?