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The Street Fighter [DVD]

Sonny Chiba , Gerald Yamada , Shigehiro Ozawa    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sonny Chiba, Gerald Yamada, Tony Cetera, Yutaka Nakajima, Teijo Shikeharo
  • Directors: Shigehiro Ozawa
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006M4S3W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,443 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Martial arts film featuring animal fighting machine Terry Tsurugi (Sonny Chiba). Having been hired to kidnap a wealthy heiress, Terry (Chiba) soon swaps sides after his large fee is rejected.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violent and Beautiful 9 Aug 2005
By S. P. Maxwell VINE VOICE
This is one of the best martial arts films you're ever likely to see. It is very Japanese in spirit, with large numbers of opponents being despatched in a fast and brutal fashion, as opposed to the longer, more elaborate and dance-like fight sequences found in Chinese cinema. Chiba plays a ruthless character, and his behaviour lies way outside the norms for Western heros: early in the film he enslaves the sister of a man who owes him money and sells her to a Chinese brothel to recover his money! This kind of thing is not so unusual in Japanese cinema, but it can still be a bit hard to take even when you're used to it! However, Chiba's character is not without a moral code, and he sticks to it in such a way as to earn our admiration and respect, if not our liking. We are also recruited to his cause through association, for the main plot involves him helping some genuine good guys out against some genuine bad guys. But the main interest of the film lies in the amazing fight sequences. They combine Chiba's skill, power and grace; a good number of adversaries for him to despatch; and fantastic special effects to show the devastating results of the fighting - far more realistic in its way than the more sanitised fights seen in, well, pretty much most other films, where the worst thing that seems to happen to people is mild bruising! None of this is done in a frivolous spirit, but rather has the deep seriousness which gives this film its moral centre and saves it from being a tasteless gore fest for ghoulish teenagers. There are also some longer lasting fights with two different karate masters, and these are even better: exciting, awe-inspiring, and unequalled in any film I have seen except Way of the Dragon. Whether you enjoy this film or not, it will almost certainly be an experience you won't forget in a hurry! Try it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Action 2 Jan 2008
By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a 'genre' movie so see it for what it is (it wouldn't win any oscars, but it goes according to formula).

There's plenty of violence here and some of a particularly extreme nature - for example, a punch to the head like you've never seen before and an effective way of making sure that someone never tries to rape anybody ever again.

There's something to be said for Far East martial arts movies and they do have a rather venerated place in the psyche of the Western tough guy.

Watch this with your mates before or after the pub.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff! 29 April 2007
No, this is not that Van Damme garbage, but brutal, action-packed, 1970s Japanese martial arts at its best. Sonny Chiba never had the charisma or fighting skills of Bruce Lee, but then he never pretended he did. He delivered something totally different - gritty, dirty violence, no posturing, lots of blood. As usual with Eastern movies, particularly of this time period, there's little by way of plot, so what gives this an edge is that Chiba's character is VERY unlikeable. So why root for him? Because he dispatches even more unlikeable characters in some very gruesome ways. He's your typical anti-hero.

So, if you like low plot, high violence movies (and you're curious why Tarantino was so desperate to get Chiba in Kill Bill), take a look at this flick - it really is cool!
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