Karate: The Hand of Death
Director: Joel Holt
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 3, 2004
- Originally Released: 1964
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Featured:||Joel Holt & Reiko Okada|
|Directed by||Joel Holt|
KARATE: THE HAND OF DEATH is a very early kung-fu movie--the first to be released in America--with a big budget, Japanese locations and great fighting. A stolen coin retrieved from the body of a slain ex-Nazi falls into the hands of Matt Carver, who happens to be a black belt karate star. It's not long before Carver realizes how valuable the coin is when he is besieged by people trying to kill him, leading him to research the origins of the coin, with some surprising results. Action packed karate moves ensue with a bloody, and spectacular, finale.
Description by Image Entertainment:
See: Kung-Fu Masters! Devil Weapons! The Ultimate in Martial Arts! See: The Deadly Stroke of Bare-Hand Combat! Furious Fighting! Skull-Cracking Action! Bone-Crushing Attacks! It'll Kung the Fu Out of You! Before there was Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, or Oddjob, there was Karate Hand of Death, the first martial arts movie ever released in America! When an ex Nazi is murdered in the streets of Japan, a mysterious coin stolen from his corpse is found in the possession of Matt Carver, an American with a black belt in Karate and huge scars on his knuckles to prove it. Besieged by killers who crave the coin, Carver quickly learns that it leads to a million-dollar fortune in stolen plutonium as well as a duel to the death with a karate chopping psycho -- all in glorious eye-splitting widescreen! Plus: We leap from Japan to China for The Incredible Martial-Arts-Mayhem Kung-Fu Trailer Show containing over Two Hours of Bone-Busting, Fist-Flying Action with 50 -- count 'em! -- 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 Claw 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, When Tae Kwon Do Strikes, World War of Kung Fu, Return of the Street Fighter, The Sacred Knives of Vengeance, The Screaming Tiger, Shanghai Killers, Shanghai Lil and the Sun Luck Kid, Shaolin Master Killer, Single Fighter, Sister Street Fighter, Slash -- Blade of Death!, Slaughter in San Francisco, Snake Fist Fighter, The Street Fighter, Superdragon, Superfist, The Tattoo Connection, and much more!
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