If you are a fan of eighties action, this will do nicely: THE CHALLENGE review

Scott Glenn plays a washed-up boxer who is hired to transport a valuable Samurai sword to Japan, unaware that it’s just a set up in a blood feud between two Japanese brothers who both lay claim to the sword. One is a rich businessman, the other a wise Samurai warrior played by Toshiro Mifune. Scott Glenn undertakes samurai training from Mifune, learns how to be a badass samurai in a matter of weeks and slaps all the bad guys in the film to death. This underrated ‘East meets West’ martial arts film belongs in the collection of any self-respecting 1980’s action movie buff. It has a healthy dose of violence, shooting, a great score by Jerry Goldsmith and awesome fight scenes – especially the brutal end fight. The choreography was actually done by none other than “martial arts consultant” Steven Seagal, who I worship, before he became an actor. The film gets better and better with each viewing, John Frankenheimer’s direction is masterful, and although movies like this don’t really require acting, Glenn and Mifune give terrific performances as student and teacher. Pure excellence.

The Challenge
Release year: 1982
Country: USA/Japan
Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Scott Glenn, Toshiro Mifune
Scott Glenn plays a washed-up boxer who is hired to transport a valuable Samurai sword to Japan, unaware that it's just a set up in a blood feud between two Japanese brothers who both lay claim to the sword. One is a rich businessman, the other a wise Samurai warrior played by Toshiro Mifune. Scott Glenn undertakes samurai training from Mifune, learns how to be a badass samurai in a matter of weeks and slaps all the bad guys in the film to death. This underrated 'East meets West' martial arts film belongs in the collection of any self-respecting 1980's action movie buff. It has a…

RCC Rating:

Style and coolness
Story and camerawork
Sword-fu and Gun-fu
Torture and split open head

Unmissable

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