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Welcome to the Grindhouse: Dragon Princess/Karate Warriors

3.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Double feature

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Product Details

  • Actors: Etsuko Shihomi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Yasuaki Kurata, Jirô Yabuki, Bin Amatsu
  • Directors: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Yutaka Kohira
  • Writers: Hirô Matsuda, Tatsuhiko Kamoi
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7I3WI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Welcome to the Grindhouse: Dragon Princess/Karate Warriors" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
I have been looking forever for a widescreen print of Dragon Princess, and I finally found it! I will talk about the movies below, but first I want to talk about the grindhouse experience this disc offers. Before the double feature starts 2 original Sonny Chiba trailers are shown. After the first movie ends, 2 more trailers are shown right before the second movie begins.

DRAGON PRINCESS-

After Sonny Chiba's daughter witnesses him get beat up in a spectacular fight at the start of the movie, Sonny Chiba trains his daughter (Etsuko Shihomi) to be a karate killing machine. Sonny Chiba's role is basically only a cameo since he dies 20 minutes into the movie. So now his daughter goes to take revenge. She teams up with kung fu movie legend Yusuaki Kurata to take down the killers.

The action is fantastic. Sonny Chiba's fight at the start of the movie is the best fight in the movie, and the other fights are good. Etsuko Shihomi was one of very best Asian martial arts actresses and she reallY gets to show off. Yusuaki Kurata's kicking skills are up there with anybody and he is a very welcome addition to the cast.

Rating- 4/5

The picture quality is very good and looks 100 times better than my 3 previous super full frame versions. And the English dub is remastered to perfection.

KARATE WARRIORS-

Similiar to Streetfighter, Sonny Chiba plays a mercenary killer. There are 2 gangs at war and both are trying to get a big stash of heroin. There is a samurai working for one of the gangs and Chiba knows he will have to fight him one day because they are both after the heroin.
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This an excellent film if you're a Sonny Chiba fan.The story is based on Kurasawa's the bodyguard.Its the perfect plot for this type of film.
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The BCI/Eclipse release of Karate Warriors is available at your local Family Dollar Store (for $1.00 +tax). But buyer beware! The video and audio transfer on this release is very, very poor: a fuzzy picture and a nearly inaudible soundtrack.

The (all-too familiar) plot traces the mercenary Chiba pitting two rival gangs against one another. In the process he befriends a young boy whose father is an apt Samurai. Chiba's and the Samurai's paths eventually collide.

Admittedly, there is some fine karate entertainment here. Also, Sonny shows a very believably gentle side to his character in his relation to the young boy. In fact, next to the first two Streetfighter episodes, this is probably my (third) favorite Sonny Chiba film.

Too bad the DVD transfer is so pitiful--bordering on the intolerable, otherwise I would easily have given the film 4 stars.
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The movie Karate Warriors was decent by Sonny Chiba. It was not the 75% of a fighting kung fu movie that I expected. It had a nice plot though. One guy complained that it could be bought cheaper in a store. Hea, if so, do like I did. Buy the Prime time from Amazon and get it even cheaper.

Anyway, good plot, the sound and picture were good too. I saw some reviews that complained about this. But otherwise, a movie worth watching anyway.
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By jr on June 22, 2014
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Domestic violence isn't funny, but the slap at around 36 minutes is. She goes the opposite way he slapped her... I mean, I know this isn't the most recent movie, but they didn't notice that during filming? Gratuitous violence, a samurai, and a karate master - what more does a movie need?
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Not the greatest martial arts flick, but still a decent story. Fair amount of martial arts and swordplay, Sonny show his moves, so the fight scenes are not too bad. There are quite a few pretty Asian breasts, too. Although this is a low-budget chop-socky, it is still a fair movie. My favorite fight scene uses both slow-motion filming to show the moves, and regular speed to show the aftermath, and I was hoping that there would be more of that, but there wasn't. It's not a bad time waster, and if you're a Chiba fan, you'll get to see his softer side, which actually was pretty decent acting. I always did like the Asian aesthetics during this period of film- the bad guys were always ugly, the women typically pretty, and the antiheroes/troubled leads/good guys had a code of ethics. I would watch it again on a rainy day. Can't rate in half stars- wish Amazon would fix this, so 3.5 stars rounded down. Not quite good enough to rate 4, and Amazon can take the blame for not having a more accurate rating system.
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Great heritage film with wonderful martial arts. Fair plot holds interest, while moving the story along very well. This is a fine heritage martial film worth viewing at least, or collecting. Loved it.
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