MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,940 this week

Sword of Heaven (1985)

 -  Action | Crime | Fantasy  -  December 1985 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 43 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

A Japanese policeman in Los Angeles uses an ancient magic sword to battle killers and an extortion ring.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 756 titles
created 17 May 2012
 
a list of 360 titles
created 05 Jun 2012
 
a list of 136 titles
created 04 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Sword of Heaven" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sword of Heaven (1985)

Sword of Heaven (1985) on IMDb 5.8/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sword of Heaven.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

When her slimy boyfriend Danny (Peter Brown) uses his unsuspecting girlfriend Elizabeth (Tracy Bregman) to carry a stash of cocaine in her skis, she is nabbed by airport security. After a ... See full summary »

Director: Tom DeSimone
Stars: Jill St. John, Tracey E. Bregman, BarBara Luna
The Octagon (1980)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Director: Eric Karson
Stars: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When the detectives of an undercover police unit are being mysteriously killed by a martial artist, a professional kickboxer is hired to assist them.

Director: Paul Aaron
Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Chuck Norris, Clu Gulager
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds... See full summary »

Director: Sam Firstenberg
Stars: Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

Director: Sam Firstenberg
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A magic blade made thousands of years ago from the remains of a meteor is stolen by a criminal gang in Japan. A Japanese policeman tracks the gang to California in his quest to get the sword back before it can be put to evil use.

Director: Byron Meyers
Stars: Tadashi Yamashita, Mel Novak, Bill Wallace
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Steven Kaman
Stars: Kato Kaelin, Nancy Kwan, James Lew
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Director: Alan Hauge
Stars: Mel Novak, Doug Shanklin, Loren Cedar
Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Follows the exploits of four youngsters sent back in time 1,500 years to the height of the Mayan Empire.

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Raul Julia-Levy
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Tadashi Yamashita ...
Tadashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Guard at Pats House
...
Martial Arts Trainee
Lou Casamassa ...
Martial Arts Trainer
...
Soldier (as Christopher Paul Ford)
William Ghent ...
Toshiro
Gerry Gibson ...
Patrick
Lyle Glazer ...
Bar patron (as Lyle Morse)
Venus Jones
Wynston A. Jones ...
Cal Johnson
Frederick Long ...
Construction Worker
Mika ...
Satoko
Mel Novak ...
Dirk
...
Third Monk
Steve Palko ...
Rollo
Edit

Storyline

A Japanese policeman in Los Angeles uses an ancient magic sword to battle killers and an extortion ring.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le glaive de la vengeance  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Meteor (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Skip the first hour and watch the last 20 minutes
17 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

The first hour of "Sword Of Heaven" is disjointed and nonsensical: we seem to be watching the "plots" of two different movies, one about an ancient sword with mystical powers made out of a comet (those powers don't seem to go beyond glowing in blue, however), the other about a serial killer whose victims are mostly rich people who have been blackmailed but refuse to pay up. An Irish police detective is on the serial killer case, and what do you know, his Japanese friend and martial arts instructor at the police academy is the one who has to protect the sword and deliver it to its rightful owner. The first hour is basically filler, but in the last 20 minutes we finally get some decent martial arts encounters as the hero, Tadashi Yamashita, has to fight a succession of henchmen one-on-one and sometimes one-on-two before getting to the main villain. Yamashita certainly has some moves, and there is a pretty neat beheading there as well. Also we get this amusing exchange:

  • "Where did you learn all these acrobatics?"




  • "Old Bruce Lee movies!"




  • "You should be watching 007 instead"




The last 20 minutes almost redeem the movie. (*1/2)


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
ouch... Antoine Tremblay
Discuss Sword of Heaven (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?