The Challenge
The Challenge (1982)

When an American prizefighter meddles in the long-standing feud between two Japanese brothers fighting over precious samurai swords, violence and bloodshed follows. The film is also titled Sword of the Ninja.

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 17, 1982
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hard-boiled, revolting, kung-fu friendly and ridiculous.

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Adam Lippe

The knowing feel of the photography is best expressed in an early chase scene where Frankenheimer repeatedly flash cuts to fish heads as Glenn grimaces as he runs. It's grimy, off-putting, and just right for the moment.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Nifty little culture-clash action flick from John Frankenheimer

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
I just saw this for the first time recently and I was completely blown away by it. A forgotten gem in the 80's action genre, The Challenge is a glorious… More
Adam Mahler
Preposterous, from the bland title that studio execs must have chosen -- totally unrelated to the content of the movie -- to the desperate symbolism of the last… More
Leo L
A favorite, what can I say