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Richard Maxwell (written by) &
John Sayles (written by)
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Release Date:
23 July 1982 (USA) See more »
He has trained every thought, every muscle, every nerve, for the moment of truth!
A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Scott Glenn ... Rick

Toshirô Mifune ... Yoshida
Donna Kei Benz ... Akiko
Atsuo Nakamura ... Hideo
Calvin Jung ... Ando

Clyde Kusatsu ... Go

Sab Shimono ... Toshio
Kiyoaki Nagai ... Kubo
Kenta Fukasaku ... Jiro
Shôgo Shimada ... Father of Yoshida
Yoshio Inaba ... Instructor
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Old Man

Miiko Taka ... Yoshida's Wife
Akio Kameda ... Boxer
Hisashi Osaka ... Knifeman
Yûko Okamoto ... T.V. Monitor Girl #1
Tae Matsuda ... T.V. Monitor Girl #2
Pat McNamara ... Fight Promoter
Pamela Bowman ... Girl in Gym
Roy Andrews ... Hanger-on
Henry Celis ... Jorge
Kazunaga Tsuji ... Hashimoto
Kusuo Kita ... Thug
Naoto Fujita ... Tanaka
Masao Hisanori ... Oshima
Ryuji Yamashita ... Toshio Yoshida (childhood)
Toshio Chiba ... Customs Officer
Minoru Sanada ... Porter
Shigehiro Kino ... Van's Driver
Katsutoshi Nakayama ... Taxi Driver
Masatoshi Ishikawa ... Thug's Driver
Eriko Sugita ... Woman #1 in Bar
Munehisa Fujita ... Man in Bar
Sanae Nakahara ... Cashier (as Sanaye Nakahara)
Kanata Uyeno ... Waitress

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
Writing credits
Richard Maxwell (written by) &
John Sayles (written by)

Ivan Moffat  uncredited

Produced by
Ron Beckman .... producer
Lyle Poncher .... executive producer
Robert L. Rosen .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Kôzô Okazaki 
Film Editing by
John W. Wheeler 
Production Design by
Yoshiyuki Ishida 
Set Decoration by
Kôichi Hamamura 
Costume Design by
Etsuko Yagyu 
Makeup Department
Masato Abe .... hair stylist
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (as Bob Dawn)
Yukio Ueda .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alan Levine .... unit production manager: USA
Kijuro Ohta .... unit production manager: Japan
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Abe .... first assistant director
Forrest L. Futrell .... second assistant director: second unit
Toshinori Hirayanagi .... second assistant director
Hisao Nabeshima .... first assistant director
Lindsley Parsons III .... first assistant director: second unit
Masaichi Shirai .... second assistant director
Etsu Totoku .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kyoji Sasaki .... property master
Sound Department
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer
Joseph D. Citarella .... re-recording mixer (as Joe D. Citarella)
Jack A. Finlay .... looping editor
John Glascock .... sound mixer (as John Glasscock)
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert Henderson)
Alan Robert Murray .... sound editor (as Alan Murray)
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Roger Hanson .... special effects
Shigeji Aoki .... stunts
Kazuo Arai .... stunts
Akiyoshi Arima .... stunts
Kazunori Asano .... stunts
Masuji Fujiwara .... stunts
Michio Harada .... stunts
Kan'ichi Hayashi .... stunts
Noboru Ishihara .... stunts
Tsuneo Ito .... stunts
Akira Kato .... stunts
Ryû Kuze .... stunt coordinator
Haruo Matsuoka .... stunts
Toshio Matsushima .... stunts
Seiji Nishino .... stunts
Hiroshi Oike .... stunts
Takashi Okamura .... stunts
Kenji Ono .... stunts
Mitsuyuki Oshima .... stunts
Yoshio Otake .... stunts
Masaru Sakurai .... stunts
Katsumi Shirono .... stunts
Takafumi Tanaka .... stunts
Takashi Totsuka .... stunts
Yoshifumi Tsuboike .... stunts
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi .... assistant stunt coordinator
Yuichi Yoneda .... stunts
Yoshikazu Yoshimoto .... stunts
Roku Yoshinaka .... stunts
Hiroyuki Yuasa .... stunts
Fergus O'Fay .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael A. Benson)
Koichi Haruta .... key grip
Richard Craig Meinardus .... first assistant camera (as Richard Meinardus)
Kazuo Shimomura .... gaffer
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Casting Department
Patricia Mock .... casting: USA
Hisao Nabeshima .... casting: Japan
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hiroshi Hamazaki .... costumes: men
Masatoshi Utsumi .... costumes: women
Editorial Department
Steve Polivka .... assistant editor
Location Management
Robert Monosmith .... location auditor
Toshiro Suzuki .... location manager
Music Department
Robert Takagi .... music editor (as Bob Takagi)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lou Dyer .... unit publicist
Wai Kwan Hung .... production advisor
Ryû Kuze .... sword coordinator
June Samson .... script supervisor
Steven Seagal .... martial arts coordinator (as Steve Seagal)
Max Whitehouse .... assistant: Mr. Frankenheimer

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113 min | USA:108 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

Billed as Steve Seagal, later an actor and movie star, Steven Seagal worked on this movie as technical advisor and martial arts coordinator. The Sept-Oct 1982 edition of Coming Attractions (USA) magazine said that Seagal was "recognized in Japan as a shihan, or 'master of masters' of the combat arts".See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in P & B (1983)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Great 80's action, 14 October 2004
Author: coolkycouple2004 from United States

I saw this under the title "Sword of the Ninja" back in the 80's and not being a huge fan of martial arts movies, found it very enjoyable. I didn't expect the movie to be so really has a great story of two Japanese brothers, one traditional and one a powerful businessman, fighting over a set of ancient family swords. The American is brought in as a courrier(and planted thief)and becomes embroiled in the battle.

The amount of action and gore in this movie is unbelievable, and the story even has room for a young boy training to become a warrior and a great scene where the American is introduced to fine Japanese food thats still alive.Moving at a brisk pace, this movie flows well from beginning to end..and what an ending it has!

My rating....7 out of 10

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