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Karate, the Hand of Death (1961)

An American karate student in Japan searches for the sister of his friend and mentor.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Holt ...
Matt Carver
Frank Blaine ...
Ivan Mayberry
Akira Shiga ...
Akira Harakawa
Joe Hirakawa ...
Kosaka Harakawa
Reiko Okada ...
Ken Noyle ...
Fujio Ito ...
Lt. Okada
Mayana ...
Bob Markworth ...
Maurice Gruel ...
Rie Sugura ...
Tony Sugahara ...
Naboro Kudisahi ...
Hiroshi Hayashi ...
Coin Dealer
Tommy Moore ...
Herr Blücher


A Nazi war criminal is in Tokyo to cash his war loot: $1 million in platinum. When he's murdered, a visiting American is framed and must elude police as well as a gang that thinks he has the precious metal. He's Matt Carver and he has his own history: raised in Japan, fluent in Japanese and karate, but an American soldier in the Pacific in World War II. He's bitter, and he's in Tokyo to put ghosts to rest. While in hiding, he turns to the Harakawa family, including Akira, his boyhood friend. Carver's history with the Harakawa family holds the key to the mystery of the dead Nazi, but how do these separate stories connect, and can Carver sort it out before it's too late? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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9 August 1961 (USA)  »

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Kung Fu Madness
7 November 2005 | by (North Hollyweird) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this DVD a 7, not for the main feature, which is not a very good film. It also is not the worst martial arts film ever, and is probably worth viewing at least once for novelty value. It is most notable for being the first American made film with "Karate" in the title, and one of the first American films ever with any type of martial arts in it.

No, it is the "co-feature" that makes the DVD worth purchasing. Titled "The Incredible Martial Arts Mayhem Kung-Fu Trailer Show," it is merely a compilation of trailers for dozens of martial arts and kung-fu movies from the Sixties and Seventies. Lots of great viewing and non-stop action on showcase here, and a great primer for those unfamiliar with the genre. If you like martial arts films, or compilations of film trailers, then this DVD most DEFINITELY belongs on your shelf. There's over two hours of cool trailers on this thing! Recommended.

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