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Karate, the Hand of Death (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 August 1961 (USA)
An American karate student in Japan searches for the sister of his friend and mentor.


Joel Holt


David Hill




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Holt Joel Holt ... Matt Carver
Frank Blaine Frank Blaine ... Ivan Mayberry
Akira Shiga Akira Shiga ... Akira Harakawa
Joe Hirakawa Joe Hirakawa ... Kosaka Harakawa
Reiko Okada Reiko Okada ... Reiko Harakawa
Ken Noyle Ken Noyle ... Rohmer
Fujio Ito Fujio Ito ... Lt. Okada
Mayana Mayana ... Dancer
Bob Markworth Bob Markworth ... Hantaro
Maurice Gruel Maurice Gruel ... Maurice
Rie Sugura Rie Sugura ... Nurse
Tony Sugahara Tony Sugahara ... Waiter
Naboro Kudisahi Naboro Kudisahi ... Plumber
Hiroshi Hayashi Hiroshi Hayashi ... Coin Dealer
Tommy Moore Tommy Moore ... Herr Blücher


A Nazi war criminal is in Tokyo to cash his war loot: $1 million in platinum. When he's murdered, a visiting American is framed and must elude police as well as a gang that thinks he has the precious metal. He's Matt Carver and he has his own history: raised in Japan, fluent in Japanese and karate, but an American soldier in the Pacific in World War II. He's bitter, and he's in Tokyo to put ghosts to rest. While in hiding, he turns to the Harakawa family, including Akira, his boyhood friend. Carver's history with the Harakawa family holds the key to the mystery of the dead Nazi, but how do these separate stories connect, and can Carver sort it out before it's too late? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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9 August 1961 (USA) See more »

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Karate See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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2.35 : 1
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ARGO and Hands of Death
14 February 2013 | by johnsandstromSee all my reviews

The true story behind hands of death was that it was a military intelligence front in Japan monitoring the communist party. The back story is fascinating and the people involved in this movie should be contacted before they are forever gone. Robert Sandstrom aka Richard Sloan was the producer of this film. His wife Rie Segura had a brief role at the end of the film. While the film itself is poorly written, the fact that the US went through the effort to set up a film production company in Japan is fascinating. While Argo was about setting up a fictitious company, this was an actual company that produced motion pictures. Today we might wonder why, but back in the 60's, the Cold War was a perceived threat that justified spending this much of our resources on such a venture. This is truly a big story that someone should someday tell to the rest of the world.

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