The Challenge (1982)

R   |    |  Action, Drama

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


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9 June 2002 | Mr. OpEd
VERY intense at times and brutal, but I liked it!
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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Release Date:

23 July 1982


English, Japanese

Country of Origin

USA, Japan

Filming Locations

Osaka, Japan

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