- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005BGP0
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Street Fighter [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The story’s simple but effective and contains some surprisingly dark and seedy aspects – assassins, mafia, firing squads, prostitution – pretty hard stuff for this era. The direction is also top-rate: stylish and flashy when it needs to be, and no-nonsense handling of the action scenes. Put it all together and this is quite simple a masterpiece in Kung-Fu cinema – blood, guts and tons of action that still feels both shocking and brutal 40 years on. The Street Fighter is an absolute must-see for all fans of action cinema.
Overall, Optimum Asia did a fantastic job on restoring these brilliant films.
This is the film that that cemented Sonny Chiba as one of the most memorizing and intimidating screen persona's to ever come out of Japan. After the huge success of King Boxer with Lo Leih in 1972 and Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee in 1973, production company Toei decided to cash in on their own martial arts epic.
Instead of the heroic lead they opted to go for a real anti hero in Tsurugi. He has a love for money and no respect for women, in after a client cannot afford to pay for his services he forces himself on the mans sister. Not something Bruce Lee or Lo Leih would've done. Tsurugi shows very little emotion throughout the film, except anger. Only when his close friend and partner Rakuda is killed do we see a softer side to him.
The fight scenes are well choreographed and brutal. They don't look as fluid as the visually appealing as ones Shaw Brothers were churning out at the time but I don't think that was the style they were going for. They instead go for a more gritty look. What stands out to me was the gore, we get eyes gouged, broken arms, throats ripped out and in one memorable moment he removes a would be rapists balls. The film is great as Chiba fights his way through a horde of bad guys on a cargo ship until the rain drench finale.
The score has a great upbeat theme tune and then an intense emotional piece, which was used on Rakuda's death scene.
Overall a very enjoyable film that spawned various sequels.
Unlike Hong Kong martial arts films this isn't about the elegance or discipline of the moves or the moral philosophy - it's all about the violence, as brutally over the top ultraviolent as only the 70s could be. A rapist has his penis and scrotum ripped off, one skull smash is shown in x-ray and Chiba proves adept at ripping out any number of bad guys internal organs while much unconvincing stage blood flows. It's the sheer so-far-over-the-top-it-practically-circumnavigates-the-world-twice nature of the violence that makes it seem less offensive than it should, or you suspect, wants to be.Read more ›
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A superb collection of martial arts films which you will struggle to beat. Sonny Chiba plays an anti-hero fist for hire with a penchant for using extreme violence to get the job... Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by Joe O'Reilly
OPTIMUM did a nice job to show the HD experience, with only 3 disc in the format of DVD5! However, we still expect these action classics to appear on blu-ray format someday.Published on 17 Sept. 2011 by HAN XIAO
Three martial arts movies made "on a budget". Honestly, the big special effect in the first film is a car which kinda slides down a roadside drain. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by Mark Lockett
Let me preface this, by saying I live in the US and have a all code dvd player. I have been looking for this typre of set for quite some time and couldn't be more satisfied with... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2010 by Curtis Pyles
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. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2009 by Haunted Nostril
This is basically Japan's answer to Bruce Lee. Sonny Chiba plays the main character who is a bit of an anti-hero and finds himself mixed up with Yakuza's and a professional fighter... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2009 by Cub Tiger