Karate: The Hand of Death [DVD] [1961]

Something Weird Video strikes gold with their Karate, the Hand of Death DVD, delivering not only the first kung fu flick ever released in America, but also including 50 of the most bone-crushing, high-flying, and gut-busting martial arts trailers around! The film itself is delivered in all of its 2.35:1 widescreen glory, with a Dolby Digital mono audio track; both the image and audio show considerable age, but that shouldn't be surprising given their source material. The big bonus really isn't the feature as much as it's the inclusion of "The Incredible Martial-Arts-Mayhem Kung-Fu Trailer Show," over three and a half hours of nonstop kicks, flips, and fat lips. While the trailers are usually the icing on the cake on other Something Weird releases, here they're the full-course meal! From the scores of Bruce Lee clones to the introduction to Sonny Chiba, it is all here for you to chop your way through. Perfect for parties and a dream come true for fans of the genre, Karate: the Hand of Death is one disc that will not disappoint!
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Karate, the Hand of Death
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

Cast & Crew

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    Frank Blaine - Ivan Mayberry
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    Tommy Moore - Herr Blucher
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