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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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Donna Kei Benz ...
Akiko
Atsuo Nakamura ...
Hideo
Calvin Jung ...
Ando
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Go
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Toshio
Kiyoaki Nagai ...
Kubo
Kenta Fukasaku ...
Jiro
Shôgo Shimada ...
Father of Yoshida
Yoshio Inaba ...
Instructor
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Old Man
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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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Opening Weekend:

$804,512 (USA) (25 July 1982)

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$3,534,852 (USA)
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Trivia

Much of the movie was filmed on the grounds of the ancient Sokokuji Temple, which had remained unchanged for 700 years. 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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LOOK OUT FOR THE STAPLED EYEBROW SCENE!
10 September 1999 | by (CARDIFF,WALES) – See all my reviews

This is a very under-rated Frankenheimer thriller that plays like an upmarket Chuck Norris movie.The Japanese locations are well chosen and different with interesting characters and themes.Scott Glenn is very good as the hero who becomes a better man as the film progresses.He certainly becomes a better fighter and his wild,frantic anything goes tussle with the villain in an office at the end is fight choreography at its best.Not surprisingly as this element of the film was overseen by Steven Seagal who lived in Japan at the time and who gives us action here that was a foretaste of things to come in his own movies.Look out for the stapled eyebrow scene in this fight and freezeframe the split open head at the close of it.This is good stuff with excellent production values throughout.Toshiro Mifune had nothing to be ashamed of here.


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