The Octagon

The Octagon


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The Octagon

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2004
UPC: 0692865126331
Original Release: 1980
Rating: R
Source: Trinity Home Ent
Time: 1:44:00

Special Features

"The Making Of" documentary; "How American Cinema Changed Hollywood Forever"; Biographies; Theatrical trailer; TV commercial; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), English 2.0, Spanish 2.0

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chuck Norris Scott James
Karen Carlson Justine
Lee Van Cleef McCarn
Richard Norton Longlegs
Tadashi Yamashita Seikura
Carol Bagdasarian Aura
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
Richard Halligan Score Composer
Jim Hassinger Set Decoration/Design
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Michael Leone Executive Producer
Chuck Norris Choreography
James L. Schoppe Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Arrival [5:59]
2. Ninja's Revenge [3:50]
3. First Teaching [1:13]
4. they Weren't Terrorists [:44]
5. Mercenary's Point of View [3:03]
6. Reasons Not to Compete [1:00]
7. Damsel Not in Distress [4:30]
8. What to Do With a Terrorist [2:18]
9. The Beginning of the Truth [5:39]
10. Digging for the Truth [2:56]
11. The Past Becomes the Present [5:25]
12. Finding the Way In [3:39]
13. The Inner Truth [7:09]
14. Why Can't They Begin? [8:31]
15. Last Pieces of the Puzzle [5:28]
16. The Decision Is Made [6:21]
17. No Turning Back Now [5:07]
18. Finding the Octagon [:29]
19. The Assault Against Evil [7:19]
20. Earning the Right to Fight [6:42]
21. Conquest Without Victory [3:11]
22. Revolt Against the Ninja [4:16]
23. Death of Evil [4:07]
24. Credits [2:00]

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