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A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

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Rick
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Yoshida
Donna Kei Benz ...
Akiko
Atsuo Nakamura ...
Hideo
Calvin Jung ...
Ando
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Go
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Toshio
Kiyoaki Nagai ...
Kubo
Kenta Fukasaku ...
Jiro
Shôgo Shimada ...
Father of Yoshida
Yoshio Inaba ...
Instructor
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Old Man
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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

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John Frankenheimer

Written by

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Richard Maxwell ... (written by) &
John Sayles ... (written by)
 
Ivan Moffat ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Ron Beckman ... producer
Lyle Poncher ... executive producer
Robert L. Rosen ... producer

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

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Kôzô Okazaki

Film Editing by

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John W. Wheeler

Editorial Department

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Steve Polivka ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Yoshiyuki Ishida

Set Decoration by

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Kôichi Hamamura

Costume Design by

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Etsuko Yagyu

Makeup Department

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Masato Abe ... hair stylist
Robert Dawn ... makeup artist (as Bob Dawn)
Yukio Ueda ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Alan Levine ... unit production manager: USA
Kijuro Ohta ... unit production manager: Japan

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Kyoji Sasaki ... property master

Sound Department

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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

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Roger Hanson ... special effects

Stunts

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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

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Mike Benson ... camera operator (as Michael A. Benson)
Koichi Haruta ... key grip
Richard Craig Meinardus ... first assistant camera (as Richard Meinardus)
Lowell Peterson ... first assistant camera "b" camera
Kazuo Shimomura ... gaffer
Don Smetzer ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Patricia Mock ... casting: USA
Hisao Nabeshima ... casting: Japan

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Hiroshi Hamazaki ... costumes: men
Masatoshi Utsumi ... costumes: women

Location Management

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Robert Monosmith ... location auditor
Toshiro Suzuki ... location manager

Music Department

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Robert Takagi ... music editor (as Bob Takagi)
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines He has trained every thought, every muscle, every nerve, for the moment of truth! See more »
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Also Known As
  • À armes égales (France)
  • El reto del samurái (Spain)
  • A szamurájkard (Hungary)
  • A hadüzenet (Hungary)
  • Büyük düello (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 113 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $804,512, 25 Jul 1982

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Scott Glenn, the original script was about a ruthless club fighter from California with no family and no real background who gets involved in bringing a sword to Japan, and through a lot of crazy adventures he winds up with a martial arts sensei. The core of the movie would have been about father and son finding each other from completely different cultures. After shooting started, Glenn became aware very quickly that all those character-driven scenes were either being cut or shortened to almost non-existence, and that he was doing a martial arts movie. Toshirô Mifune came to him and told him: "Look, this is what's happening. I'm disappointed, and I know you are, but this is what it is. So you can either have your heart broken every day, or you can use this experience as an opportunity to be spending an interesting time in Japan with me as your tour guide." Glenn accepted Mifune's offer. 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in P & B (1983). See more »

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