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5.0 out of 5 stars Violent and Beautiful, 9 Aug 2005
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S. P. Maxwell (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The street fighter, 3 Sep 2013
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This DVD has been ordered by me for my dad, he requested it so I am sure he will enjoy it. The delivery was extremely prompt
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5.0 out of 5 stars FU 4 U REVIEW # 5: THE STREET FIGHTER, 26 Feb 2009
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I've been meaning to write a review of this bad boy for some time, in fact bad boy is too tame a description for this wrenchingly violent little escapade. So, as I usually do, I have provided you with a swift, concise list of the best and worse of The Street Fighter to hopefully help you decide if it's worth your precious time and hard earned pennies:

THE HIGH KICKS:
- Sonny Chiba is awesome as they come, no question, no explanations, just watch him and be stunned!
- Sonny's character, Terry Tsurugi, is one mean son of a ***** and would be quite hard to like in anyone but Chiba's neck mangling grip. One of the ultimate antiheroes the martial arts scene has ever thrown onto the screen. A brilliantly bad man.
- The violence is all included in this here optimum DVD release. if you've heard anything of this films reputation (or seen any of the pathetically cut down versions that have circulated on crusty VHS cassettes since day one) then you'll be glad to know that this is the fully uncut version.
- The violence itself for me was a major draw - sad I know but I've seen more than my fair share of the `House of Flying Daggers' style martial arts flick but, great though they are, sometimes you just feel like something raw and nasty and a bit `Shogun Assassin.' As I said before this is fully uncut and includes all the nastiness, and even though the blood is a little more red paint looking than modern audiences like, and although it's by no means in that `gorehound' bracket, some of the violence is effective and bountiful. We see heads caved in, throats ripped out and even a wiener getting torn off! Good times for us, bad times for Terry's adversary's.
- Chiba is imposing yet swift and has a repertoire of cool, nasty, moves that blur across the screen with gusto. He also uses a fair few weapons in here.
- The DVD is re-mastered and features all the language options you could want and seeing it without the terrible dub was a first for me, a great job too. Nice.
- The story flies along at a good pace and although not the most original thing you've ever seen it's non the less an entertaining martial arts romp.

THE LOW BLOWS
- At times it's age shows with it's overabundance of mad noises and crazy faces that Chiba emits every time he does something awesome. I enjoy all these things but to a new comer to the genre who's heard about this film it may be a little off putting.
- In line with the point above - the blood is redder than an old phone booth - I love it, other may not.

THE FINISHER
Believe the hype: this film is amazing. It's bloody, naughty and full of fantastic ways to obliterate endless waves of henchmen! Everything a fan could want from the genre, and a perfect place to start for initiates to the old school, and all on a respectably treated disc. GET IT!
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