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Sword of Heaven (1985)

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


Byron Meyers


James Bruner (screenplay), James Bruner (story) | 3 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Tadashi Yamashita ... Tadashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deke Anderson ... Guard at Pats House
Chris Casamassa ... Martial Arts Trainee
Lou Casamassa Lou Casamassa ... Martial Arts Trainer
William Christopher Ford William Christopher Ford ... Soldier (as Christopher Paul Ford)
William Ghent William Ghent ... Toshiro
Gerry Gibson Gerry Gibson ... Patrick
Lyle Glazer Lyle Glazer ... Bar patron (as Lyle Morse)
Venus Jones Venus Jones
Wynston A. Jones Wynston A. Jones ... Cal Johnson
Frederick Long Frederick Long ... Construction Worker
Crystal Shaw Martell ... Adele
Mika Mika ... Satoko
Ninja: Warriors of Rock Ninja: Warriors of Rock ... Bar band
Mel Novak ... Dirk


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

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December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La espada del cielo See more »

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Features Meteor (1979) See more »


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Written by D.C. Cohlmeyer, Mamie Francis and Geoff Danelik
Performed by the Ninja: Warriors of Rock
courtesy of Rage Music International
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Skip the first hour and watch the last 20 minutes
17 January 2009 | by gridoon2019See 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)

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