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The Challenge 1982

  • John Frankenheimer
  • July 23, 1982
  • 113 mins
  • English
  • Action, Science Fiction
He has trained every thought, every muscle, every nerve, for the moment of truth!
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.


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It was great to see the principle martial arts were derived primarily from Aikido, plus swordsmanship that looks like Yagyu Shinkage Rye school of fencing. Of course Toru Yoshida, played by Toshiro Mifune, also demonstrated archery, but I do not know the style. Aikido and jujitsu students will recognize a lot of the waza, but a lot of the training (Taiso) was exclusively Aikido, and Rick (Scott Glenn) gets humiliated with kaiten-nage and kokyu-nage, found only in Aikido.

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