Friday, July 21, 2017

KARATE, THE HAND OF DEATH / Joseph Brenner Productions - 1961

It's Friday, and time for this title found on Something Weird Video, the story goes like this... Before the credits roll, a Nazi war criminal is in Tokyo to cash in his war loot, a million dollars in platinum, and is murdered by karate chops!! A visiting American is framed and must elude police as well as a gang that thinks he has the precious metal. The American, Matt Carver, has his own history, he was raised in Japan, he's fluent in Japanese and karate, and he was an American soldier in the Pacific in WWII. While in hiding, Matt turns to the Harakawa family that includes Akira, his boyhood friend. Matt's history with the family holds the key to the mystery of the dead Nazi, but how do these separate stories connect, and can he figure it out before it's too late?.. Well, keep reading!

Matt arrives in Tokyo and meets with the police, they notice the calluses on his hand, a sign of karate training, could he be the killer? He also receives a coin during the interview.

Then, two gangsters accost Matt and it looks like there will be a deadly fight, but...

Matt has a flashback where he kills a number of Japanese soldiers during the war with karate chops and feels like his karate training is a curse.

While Matt is daydreaming, the thugs beat him down and take him away.

When he comes to, he's in the company of Mr. Harakawa and is welcomed by the family. Matt then gives a karate demonstration at his pal Akira's gym!

Break time, Matt and his friend Ivan take in a show at a popular restaurant...

Matt digs out his secret recording device to see if he can get some poop on the killer!

Holy crap, guess what, freakin' Akira is behind the killing and theft!!

And, Akira's father has been listening in, hiding behind some crates! When dad gives Akira a sword to commit hara-kiri for dishonoring the family, he attacks his dad, and, the fight is on between him and Matt!

Akira has broken a big vat of acid on the floor and has pushed Matt into it!!.. YOW-EEE!!

Then, with a super quick karate jab to Akira's throat, well, the killer becomes the killed! You know, bad karma has a way of sneaking into the game.

Matt is not proud of what he's done, but, it had to be done! How's that for a brain twister?! Tune in tomorrow when Eegah!! haunts this spot...

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