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The Street Fighter (1974)

Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken (original title)
Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

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Takuma Tsurugi (Terry) (as Sonny Chiba)
Etsuko Shiomi ...
Nachi Shikenbaru
Goichi Yamada ...
Rakuda Zhang
Fumio Watanabe ...
Renzo Mutaguchi
Masashi Ishibashi ...
Tateki Shikenbaru
Masafumi Suzuki ...
Kendo Masaoka
Rin'ichi Yamamoto ...
Kowloon Dinsau
Yutaka Nakajima ...
Sarai Chuayut
Bin Amatsu ...
Môrôkô
Tony Cetera ...
Abdul Jadot
Akira Shioji ...
Liang Dong-Yi
Osman Yusuf ...
Kingstone
Eizô Kitamura
Toijo Shikeharo
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Terry is a tough, mercenary, master of martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Terry to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price, then try to kill him to conceal their secret plans, he promptly offers his services to protect her. Much ultra-violent martial-arts fighting action, as expected, ensues. This also includes a subplot of a family's bloodfeud with Terry over a disputed debt. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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If you've got to fight...fight dirty!

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

First film to ever get an X rating for violence in the US. American newspaper ads carried the quote "NOTICE: The MPAA has rated this film unsuitable for viewers under the age of 17 because of its extraordinary fight sequences." See more »

Goofs

When the Yakuza attacks "Terry" in his apartment after learning who leads them, one of the Yakuza members drops to his knees before Terry gets to him so he can vault off his back to kick another Yakuza member. See more »

Quotes

Terry Tsurugi: Tell that bitch who sent you how sorry I am I can no longer be her friend
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Connections

Followed by Onna hissatsu ken (1974) See more »

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"If you've got to fight, fight dirty!!!"
6 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sonny Chiba has been described by some as an anti-Bruce Lee and I agree, but to a certain extent. You see, it's not really fair considering that Lee is dead, they both hail from separate nationalities, represent different martial arts ideals (Lee founded Jeet Kune Do, Chiba was a mean karate machine), and Chiba has demonstrated he can more than hold his own against the disposable bad guys sent in his direction. Like Christian Slater's character described in "True Romance" (1993) regarding Chiba's "The Street Fighter" (1974), "he's just a bad motherf**ker, he gets paid by people to f**k guys up." Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa, Sonny Chiba's Terry Tsurugi is that lethal, that ruthless, that dirty a fighter. He's a one-man hit-squad, paid by gangsters to spring a condemned fighter from prison but when his price gets too high on his next assignment - a kidnapping - he's forced to make his hands and feet do the talking. The action in "The Street Fighter" is fairly gruesome, allowing it to become the first film to be rated "X" for violence in the United States. He pokes eyes, kicks feet, slaps around women, rips out tonsils (and other choice body parts), targets the solar plexus, and throws dudes out of top-floor windows. I loved it from start to finish, and it's easy to why it's so beloved to Quentin Tarantino.

10/10


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