The Challenge (1982)

Genres - Drama, Action, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Martial Arts  |   Release Date - Jul 23, 1982 (USA)  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The Challenge is a classy effort directed by John Frankenheimer. Scott Glenn stars as an American boxer who finds himself in the middle of a Japanese blood feud. Toshiro Mifune and Atsuo Nakamura plays the last surviving brothers of an ancient samurai family, embroiled in a battle of the possession of the family swords. Once involved in this contretemps, Glenn must also contend with the minions of the Yakuza, a Japanese Mafia-style organization. Sword of the Ninja was co-written by John Sayles, better known as the writer/director of such films as Brother From Another Planet and Eight Men Out.



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