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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Old school karate movie. Poor quality audio dubbing, but entertaining nonetheless. Always liked Sonny Chiba.Published 15 months ago by sonia hughes
This was a good sedative plot and It put me right to sleep. I guess I'm getting too old for this type of karate flick. BoringPublished on July 17, 2014 by eighth
Video and audio quality are what you would expect from a '70s "classic" like this. Enjoyed the storyline and the action sequences and would recommend to anyone who is... Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Steven Macdiarmid