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The Octagon Details


Karate champ Chuck Norris returns for another chop-socky vigilante flick in The Octagon, one of a handful of undistinguished Ninja pictures released during the early '80s. Norris appropriately plays a retired karate champ hired as a bodyguard for a wealthy woman (Karen Carlson) plagued by a gang of vicious ninjas. Reluctant at first to take the job, he reconsiders when he learns the gang is headed by his longtime arch rival Tadashi Yamashita (Lee Van Cleef). The script -- as is the case in nearly every Ninja film -- has holes bigger than Okinawa, and the acting is downright atrocious, particularly that of Norris, who, thankfully, improved with time. However, the production values are fair, as is the direction, and the action sequences are often exciting and comparatively realistic. Recommended for genre fans only. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:August 14, 1980


Chuck Norris
as Scott James
Karen Carlson
as Justine
Lee Van Cleef
as McCarn
Tadashi Yamashita
as Seikura
Richard Norton
as Longlegs
Carol Bagdasarian
as Aura
Kim Lankford
as Nancy, Dancer
Art Hindle
as A.J.
Kurt Grayson
as Doggo
Yuki Shimoda
as Katsumoto
John Fujioka
as Isawa
Jack Carter
as Sharkey
Aaron Norris
as Hatband
Brian Tochi
as Seikura at Eighteen
Gerald Okamura
as Ninja Instructor
Carlos Romano
as Pilot
Elizabeth Carder
as Desk Clerk
Ken Gibbel
as Meat
Redmond Gleeson
as Duffy
Jo McDonnell
as Amy Lee
Enrique Lucero
as One Armed Man
Alan Marcus
as Truckdriver
Ernie Hudson
as Quinine
Brian Libby
as Deadwyler
Crane Jackson
as House Detective


Eric Karson
Joel Freeman
Paul Aaron
Screen Story
Leigh Chapman
Screen Story
Leigh Chapman
Michel Hugo
Dick Halligan
Composer (Music Score)
Dann Cahn
Alan Belkin
Executive Producer
Jim Hassinger
Set Designer
Barbara Burgdorf
Costume Designer
Chuck Norris
Aaron Norris
Fights Choreographer
Aaron Norris
Stunts Coordinator