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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.

Director:

John Frankenheimer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Rick
Toshirô Mifune ... Yoshida
Donna Kei Benz Donna Kei Benz ... Akiko
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ... Hideo
Calvin Jung Calvin Jung ... Ando
Clyde Kusatsu ... Go
Sab Shimono ... Toshio
Kiyoaki Nagai Kiyoaki Nagai ... Kubo
Kenta Fukasaku Kenta Fukasaku ... Jiro
Shôgo Shimada Shôgo Shimada ... Father of Yoshida
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba ... Instructor
Seiji Miyaguchi Seiji Miyaguchi ... Old Man
Miiko Taka ... Yoshida's Wife
Akio Kameda Akio Kameda ... Boxer
Hisashi Osaka 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!

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Equals See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$804,512, 25 July 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,534,852
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film in three years for Director John Frankenheimer; his previous film was Prophecy (1979). 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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Bloodthirsty action flick
29 January 2003 | by Jonathon DabellSee all my reviews

The Challenge is one of John Frankenheimer's more tolerable action movies from the 1980s. It was the decade that the formerly great director made a number of duds, such as the embarrassing The Holcroft Covenant, but this one is OK in its simple minded way.

The story concerns American boxer Scott Glenn, who is hired to smuggle a priceless Samurai sword into Japan. He does it easily enough, but then discovers that the sword is responsible for a family feud, with two sides of the same family claiming that it is rightfully theirs.

The film is quite action packed and definitely bloodthirsty. It has a good sense of pace for the opening three quarters of an hour, and builds up an interesting plot. There's a slow bit for the next hour or so, but it comes back to life with a vengeance in the closing minutes with a truly outstanding sequence in which Glenn and his ninja buddy infiltrate a heavily guarded building. The Challenge is definitely no masterpiece (the afore-mentioned dull patch in the middle ruins it chances of that) but it's an enjoyable enough way to pass a couple of hours.


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