Karate: The Hand of Death

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In this early martial arts action-drama, Matt Carver (Joel Holt) is an American who studied in Japan and is returning for his first visit in quite some time. Not long after he arrives, Matt comes into the possession of an unusual coin, which soon makes him the target of British ne'er-do-well Ivan Mayberry (Frank Blaine) and a band of Japanese toughs. After becoming reacquainted with his old friend Akira (Akira Shiga), who now runs a karate school in Tokyo, Matt learns just why the coin is so valuable -- it features code that, if correctly unraveled, will lead its bearer to a fortune in platinum. As Matt tries to sort out the good guys from the bad guys, he's forced to put his skills in karate to use. One of the first feature films centered on the martial arts (and certainly the first in English), Karate, the Hand of Death was made with the cooperation of the Japanese Karate Foundation. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
2/3/04 
Studio
Image Entertainment
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 20 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • "The Incredible Martial-Arts-Mayhem Kung-Fu Trailer Show," containing over two hours of bone-busting, fist-flying action, with 50 previews from the wildest martial arts movies ever made, including: Big Bad Bolo; Blood of the Dragon; The Buddha Assassinator (Shogun Massacre); Chaku-Master (Kung-Fu Death Wish); Chinese Hercules; Deadly Strike (Wanted! Bruce Li, Dead or Alive!); Deep Thrust; Devil Woman/Dragons Never Die; Dragons Die Hard; Fearless Fighters; Flying Claws Fights 14 Demons; Fury of the Black Belt; Hammerfist Masters; Hands of Death; He Has Nothing but Kung-Fu (Gangbusters Kung-Fu); Incredible Master Beggars; The Iron-Fist Rebel; Japanese Connection; The Karate Killer; Kill and Kill Again; Kill or Be Killed; Korean Connection; Kung-Fu: The Punch of Death; Lee, the Angry Man; The Mad, the Mean and the Deadly; Master of the Flying Guillotine; Masters of the Iron Arena; Return of the Street Fighter; The Sacred Knives of Vengeance; The Screaming Tiger; The Shanghai Killers; Shanghai Lil and the Sun Luck Kid; Shaolin Master Killer; Single Fighter; Sister Street Fighter; Slash: The Blade of Death!; Slaughter in San Francisco; The Snake Fist Fighter; The Street Fighter; Superdragon; Superfist; The Tattoo Connection; Temple of Death; Ten Tigers of Shaolin; The Thunder Kick; Thunderfist; Tower of Drunken Dragons; Two Swords, Two Sorcerers; When Tae Kwon Do Strikes; World War of Kung-Fu
Number of Discs
1

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