South African chop-socky alert! KARATE OLYMPIA/KILL OR BE KILLED
(1976) IVAN HALL
Another first for both South Africa and Africa ~ the first martial arts film produced on this continent. Far from featuring a few Oriental gentlemen beating most honourable seven colours of sh*t
out of most honourable opponent because of the dishonour of most honourable family and terrible dubbing in which mouth movements come three hours before the sounds, this is a very competent film which features a Nazi still living Hitler’s dream in the then South West Africa.
Baron von Rudloff (SS dress uniform, Iron Cross, swastika, Luger pistol and all) is a disgraced Olympic karate coach whose team loses to a Japanese team during the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games ~ years later, he organizes a contest to the death in his castle’s arena, between a team of his choosing and one chosen by Hiro Miyagi, the winning Japanese coach and his sworn enemy.
Another international box-office success for South Africa, starring James Ryan, Charlotte Prout Jones, Norman Coombes as the mad Nazi and featuring guest appearances by a host of local martial arts experts, including senseis Stan Schmidt and Norman Robinson, who were also credited as fight arrangers. Followed by Kill and Kill Again
, an even more successful sequel.
Useless trivia: also known as the first Afrikaans language martial arts film.