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Karate Kiba (1976)

Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Etsuko Shihomi
Jirô Yabuki ...
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Aaron Banks ...
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Ling Chia ...
(U.S. version) (as Judy Lee)
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(as Sonny Chiba)
Saburô Date
Eiji Gô
Bill Louie ...
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Hideo Murota ...
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Ryôhei Uchida
Rin'ichi Yamamoto
Rikiya Yasuoka
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Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to come forward and provide information about the drug lords' activities. He is soon approached by a mysterious woman claiming to have important information and asking for Chiba's protection. She seems to be legitimate, but is she really what she appears to be? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Sonny Chiba, hired to kill... If his kick doesn't get you... his fatal fist will!

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The quote at the beginning of the movie was used almost word for word in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction. This explains why the bible passage is different when looked up, as it has been translated and reworded at least three times. See more »

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Narrator: The path of the righteous man and defender is beset on all sides by the iniquity of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper, and the father of lost children. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious anger, who poison and destroy my brothers; and they shall know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard when I shall lay my vengeance upon them!
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Not Chiba's Best.
2 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now I'm more of a Bruce Lee fan than a Sonny Chiba, but I always admired his films. The Street Fighters series is awesome, but this is one of his films I'm half in half on. Don't get me wrong it had it's moments, but it was just too fast for it's own good.

Sonny plays himself and offers himself to be a bodyguard to anyone who knows about the flood of illegal drugs. And this is where the film goes nowhere into endless action and cheap yet gruesome deaths.

If you are a die hard Chiba fan than get this, if not then my friend you are sadly in for a sour treat. A treat into weird camera angles of violence and stupid dialog that comes great for Chiba, but lame for others.


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