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Roots of Evil (1979)

Die Brut des Bösen (original title)
An action film directed by Christian Anders and Antonio Tarruella.


Christian Anders, Antonio Tarruella (co-director) (as Tony Tarruella)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Anders Christian Anders ... Frank Mertens
Maribel Martín ... Ingrid (as Maribel Martin)
Dunja Rajter Dunja Rajter ... Cora Ramada
Deep Roy ... Van Bullock
Fernando Bilbao ... Komo (as Fred Harris)
Ria Kemp Ria Kemp ... Guest Star
Wolfgang Schütte Wolfgang Schütte ... Thomas (as Wolfgang Schutte)
José María Guía José María Guía ... O'Blonski (as Jose Ma. Guia)
Ichimi Ichimi ... Takimura (as Ishimi)
Fernando Hilbeck ... 1st Inspector
Carl Rapp Carl Rapp ... 2nd Inspector
Robert Case Robert Case ... 3rd Inspector (as Roberto Case)
Cris Huerta Cris Huerta ... Sumo (as Chris Huertas)
Yasuhito Ishikawa Yasuhito Ishikawa ... Ting
Hideaki Gennai Hideaki Gennai ... Cheng


An action film directed by Christian Anders and Antonio Tarruella.

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ROOTS OF EVIL: The Martial-Arts Film That Pulls All the Punches (US 1982 release) See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


In the English version it is said that Komo is castrated, whereas in the German one he is not. See more »


Earlier in the movie Frank explains that Karate should only be used as a defense technique, never as an attack. However during the entire movie there are several scenes where Frank beats up several people who didn't attack him at all, e.g. in Bullock's karate school. See more »


Frank Mertens: [calling out furiously from behind a bush] Here I am! I'm not afraid!
[runs out to confront Van Bullock and Komo in the open field]
Frank Mertens: Why did you kill my master!
Van Bullock: It's very clear. Before you die, I'll explain it to you. Before Takimura came to Spain, he lived in Tokyo. He was very good friends with the police. He made them put me in jail. But that time, I was already dealing in heroin. I spent *nine* years in jail! Thanks to that swine of Takimura, I spent *nine* years in jail! *Each* day, *each* one ...
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Alternate Versions

In the English version Komo is castrated, whereas in the German one he is not. See more »


Drugs And Love
Written by Christian Anders, Arranged by José Luis Navarro
Sung by Christian Anders, with Madrid-Sound-Orchester
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Excellent Kung Fu Mystery Action Movie from Top Singer.
17 December 2005 | by worldlaw1See all my reviews

Christian Anders one of Germany's greatest singer/songwriters of melodious smooth pop ballads , here makes his directorial debut to superb effect.

Unlike previous ignorant tasteless comments from s.kahrs this movie delivers both action, mystery, romance and suspense to keep the viewer spellbound.

Anders always uses a professional quality approach to his singing , acting and directing he finds loud garbage rock/metal/punk/hip hop drugged up noisy "music" utterly repulsive and delivers high class pop music and film thrills for millions to enjoy.

A high quality intense thrilling film.

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West Germany



Release Date:

16 August 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Roots of Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leo Kemkes See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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