The Challenge


Action / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 1534


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Scott Glenn as Rick Murphy
ToshirĂ´ Mifune as Toru Yoshida
Sab Shimono as Toshio Yoshida
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781.39 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 53 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

A True Gem

A down-and-out American boxer (Scott Glenn) becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

This is one of those hidden gems you never hear about. A great blend of American and Japanese cinema, some action and some grit. The film really ought to be a cult classic, and yet I feel like very few people have ever heard of it. Most surprising to me is how the film did not seem to get a bump after the Netflix series "Daredevil" took off. In some ways, Scott Glenn's character on that show is very much a continuation of his character here.

Thanks to Kino, the film is available on Blu-ray though it does not seem to have any features. That is too bad. I am always ready for an audio commentary.

Reviewed by Filmfandave 7 / 10

Bloodshed over an Heirloom

Rick Murphy, an amateur American boxer (Scott Glenn) becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers, Yoshida (Toshiro Mifune) and his younger brother Hideo, which concerns the possession of a pair of swords known as The Equals passed down through their family generations. One sword is meant to be kept by each sibling. The feud starts after Yoshida's sword is stolen during World War II. Out of greed and obsession, Hideo claims to have the right to own both.

When the stolen sword is tracked down in present-day California, Murphy is contracted by Yoshida's children Toshio and Akiko, to smuggle it back to Japan. Upon arrival at the airport, Murphy and Toshio are kidnapped by Hideo's men to be taken to their boss. On their way, Toshio is brutally killed but Murphy later manages to escape with the help of Akiko. Murphy who is wounded is taken by Akiko to her father's sword-fighting school, where he eventually learns the truth about the feud.

After being trained the skills of sword-fighting by Yoshida, Murphy decides to join him in his venture to Hideo's industrial complex to rescue Akiko, who has been taken hostage in return for the sword, and settle the feud in a blood fight. These two brothers will stop at nothing to keep possession of the swords - one out of greed and the other for honor!

This is John Frankenheimer's lesser work. For viewers unfamiliar with Japanese culture, the plot may feel absurd: shedding blood for a family heirloom! However, if you like action films about East-meets-West sort of thing, this is worth a look.

Reviewed by pandmervin 10 / 10

Excellent movie

Saw movie nearly 30 years ago, actually forgot title, and had to search for it based on what I remembered. Based on what I remember, Glen was hired by agents of the Traditional brother to transport (smuggle) a sword into Japan, a sword which was one of two of a matching pair originally owned by their father prior to WWII. The Businessman brother already had control of one of the swords and wants it's twin. The Tradionalist Samari brother wants to unite both swords but only in the context of what they stand for. The action begins with the arrival of Glen in Japan and the blood feud between brothers opens into all out conflict. I think one of the best action scenes is when Mifune declares his acceptance of Glen when he utters,"...5 days!" What's unique is that the evil brother, the businessman, will stop at nothing to get the sword. However, he kills one of his own assassins for interfering in a one-on-one fight between he and his brother.

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