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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 ... 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:

R | See all certifications »

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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:

Mono

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 »

Alternate Versions

TV Version, Sword of the Ninja, was recut by the director and runs 97 m. See more »

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VERY intense at times and brutal, but I liked it!
9 June 2002 | by Mr. OpEdSee all my reviews

There are certain movies on IMDB that are enigmas. The ratings are low, but the reviews are GOOD. Such is The Challenge. Frankenheimer, who had a string of masterworks in the early 60s with Seconds, Manchurian Candidate, The Train, and at least the race parts of Gran Prix stumbled badly on several films thereafter. This, and French Connection II, helped get him back on his feet.

So which is right, the low ratings or the high comments! Duh. Always go with the latter in this case. The Challenge will make you feel like you were in Scott Glen's shoes, immersed in an alien culture that you come to respect and even fight for. And any film with a Goldsmith action score is already a plus.


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