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The Challenge (1982) Film screening

City Films

Former Bristol IMAX, Bristol Aquarium  |  £8.50 / £5

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The Challenge is an under-seen action classic from John Frankenheimer, the director of The Manchurian Candidate, French Connection II and Ronin, and stars Scott Glenn and Japanese acting titan Toshiro Mifune.

Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set-up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At the behest of the businessman, Rick undertakes samurai training from the other brother, but joins his cause.

Director: John Frankenheimer
18 / USA / 113 minutes

This screening is part of Forbidden Worlds Film Festival and Future City Film Festival. Future City Film Festival normally takes place every two years in the autumn but had to be postponed last year due to the pandemic. It will now run through 2022 as a series of special events. We are grateful to the British Film Institute for their support for the festival.

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Booking Information

Tickets can be booked via the Forbidden Worlds Film Festival website. Ticketing is managed by Tito and the Forbidden Worlds Film Festival. Please check their terms and conditions and privacy policy when booking as Bristol Ideas do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies. Please contact Forbidden Worlds Film Festival with any queries.

Accessibility Information

Please note that entry to the auditorium is separate from the main Bristol Aquarium entrance. Signage and ushers will be on hand to point you in the right direction.

  • The entrance has level access. There are lifts to the second floor and there is level access inside to the auditorium.
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor of the aquarium and two accessible toilets on the second floor.
  • Some Aquarium staff have BSL training.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

If you have accessibility requirements, please contact Forbidden Worlds Film Festival in advance so the team can assist you in your visit.

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