The Octagon (1980)

Posted in Reviews by - December 29, 2012
The Octagon (1980)

Chuck Norris is on fighting form as karate champ Scott James, a sweet talker with psychological issues (his subconscious thoughts are represented by a echoed voiceover which gets really annoying). Mercenaries are being transported to a distant training ranch and taught the outlawed secrets of Ninjitsu, and their scary leader Seikura (Yamashita) just happens to be Scott’s martial brother. What an awkward coincidence. There’s only one way to sort this situation out: with violence, and plenty of it. Amateur performances and clumsy dialogue tend to slow things down, however the final assault with Norris fighting an entire ninja ranch singlehandedly is crazy enough to make it all worthwhile.

AKA: The Man Without Mercy

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