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Rage of Honor (1987)

R | | Action, Drama | February 1987 (USA)
Tanaka, a DEA agent, and his partner Ray are after a bunch of drug dealers. But they are betrayed by an insider and Ray is killed. Tanaka follows the culprit, a sadistic drug lord, down to Argentina.

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Shiro Tanaka
Lewis Van Bergen ...
Havlock
Robin Evans ...
Jennifer Lane
Gerry Gibson
Charles Lucia ...
Dick (as Chip Lucia)
Richard Wiley ...
Ray Jones
Theodore McNabney ...
(as Ted McNabney)
Alan Amiel
Armando Capo ...
Juan (as Armando Caro)
Marlee Jepson ...
Girl in Convertible
Alejo Apsega ...
Killer in Hotel
Ezequiel Ezquenazi ...
Killer in Hotel (as Ezequiel Ezkenazi)
Eric Seward ...
Desk Clerk
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Tanaka, a DEA agent, and his partner Ray are after a bunch of drug dealers. But they are betrayed by an insider and Ray is killed. Tanaka follows the culprit, a sadistic drug lord, down to Argentina.

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When just getting even is not enough! See more »

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Way of the Ninja  »

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When the arrow is shot into the rope ahead of Shiro Tanaka, several views of the rope and arrow and Shiro Tanaka in the same frame show the arrow is actually tied to the rope on the side away from the camera. Then in closeup it is suddenly sticking through the rope and the rope is cut and breaking. See more »

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The VHS Days are Back!
25 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Japanese cop, Shiro (Sho Kosugi), and his partner Ray are after a bunch of drug dealers. But they are betrayed by an insider and Ray is killed. Shiro follows the murderer, a sadistic drug lord, up to Singapore.

This is director Gordon Hessler's follow-up to "Pray for Death" (1985), also starring Sho Kosugi. The general consensus seems to be that the best Hessler-Kosugi team-up was "Pray for Death", but I respectfully disagree. I feel they stepped it up a notch or two for "Rage of Honor", and I really appreciate the James Bond-as-a-ninja theme.

Some people may take issue with Hessler's direction. Cool A** Cinema notes, "Unfortunately, the action sequences suffer the same fate as most American martial arts pictures of the day. There's very few master shots and far too many close ups." That point is well taken, but for those looking for an action film rather than a martial arts film, this may not be easily noticeable. No one should be expecting Bruce Lee.

The Arrow Video blu-ray is not packed with extras, but is far from bare bones and does include a brand new interview with star Sho Kosugi on "Rage of Honor" and the later stages of his film career. We also have an interview with Stelvio Cipriani, the film's composer. The first pressing includes a collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film and an extract from Kosugi's upcoming book. And, of course, you are getting the film in high definition, looking far crisper and cleaner than we ever got in the glory days of VHS -- you can actually see the individual drops of splashing water.


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