The Octagon

Overview

Karate champ Chuck Norris returns for another chop-socky vigilante flick in The Octagon, one of a handful of undistinguished Ninja pictures released during the early '80s. Norris appropriately plays a retired karate champ hired as a bodyguard for a wealthy woman Karen Carlson plagued by a gang of vicious ninjas. Reluctant at first to take the job, he reconsiders when he learns the gang is headed by his longtime arch rival Tadashi Yamashita Lee Van Cleef. The script -- as is the case in nearly every Ninja film -- ...
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Overview

Karate champ Chuck Norris returns for another chop-socky vigilante flick in The Octagon, one of a handful of undistinguished Ninja pictures released during the early '80s. Norris appropriately plays a retired karate champ hired as a bodyguard for a wealthy woman Karen Carlson plagued by a gang of vicious ninjas. Reluctant at first to take the job, he reconsiders when he learns the gang is headed by his longtime arch rival Tadashi Yamashita Lee Van Cleef. The script -- as is the case in nearly every Ninja film -- has holes bigger than Okinawa, and the acting is downright atrocious, particularly that of Norris, who, thankfully, improved with time. However, the production values are fair, as is the direction, and the action sequences are often exciting and comparatively realistic. Recommended for genre fans only.
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Special Features

16x9 (1.78:1) anamorphic master in HD from the original interpositive; Brand new 5.1 surround sound track; Audio commentary with director Eric Karson; Brand new interview with star Tadashi Yamashita; Featurette; Original trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2013
  • UPC: 851740003932
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Source: Scorpion Records
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 29,917

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chuck Norris Scott James
Karen Carlson Justine
Lee Van Cleef McCarn
Tadashi Yamashita Seikura
Carol Bagdasarian Aura
Richard Norton Longlegs
Art Hindle A.J.
Kim Lankford Nancy, Dancer
Kurt Grayson Doggo
Yuki Shimoda Katsumoto
Larry D. Mann Tibor
John Fujioka Isawa
Jack Carter Sharkey
John Barrett Justine's Killer
Aaron Norris Hatband
Brian Tochi Seikura at Eighteen
Gerald Okamura Ninja Instructor
Carlos Romano Pilot
Don Pike Chauffer (sic)
Elizabeth Carder Desk Clerk
Ken Gibbel Meat
Redmond Gleeson Duffy
Ted Duncan Truckdriver
Kevin Brando Scott at Eight
Jo McDonnell Amy Lee
Enrique Lucero One Armed Man
Alan Marcus Truckdriver
Ernie Hudson Quinine
Brian Libby Deadwyler
Crane Jackson House Detective
Technical Credits
Eric Karson Director
Paul Aaron Original Story
Glenn Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Belkin Executive Producer
Barbara Burgdorf Costumes/Costume Designer
Dann Cahn Editor
Leigh Chapman Original Story, Screenwriter
Joel Freeman Producer
Dick Halligan Score Composer
Jim Hassinger Set Decoration/Design
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Michael Leone Executive Producer
Chuck Norris Choreography
James L. Schoppe Production Designer
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