Up 20,257 this week

Karate Kiba (1976)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  September 1976 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 278 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 21 critic

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 »


0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 20 titles
created 07 Feb 2011
a list of 601 titles
created 21 Jun 2011
a list of 470 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
a list of 253 titles
created 08 Mar 2013
a list of 16 titles
created 7 months ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Karate Kiba (1976)

Karate Kiba (1976) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Karate Kiba.


Credited cast:
Jirô Chiba
Etsuko Shihomi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Banks ...
(U.S. version)
(as Sonny Chiba)
Judy Lee ...
(U.S. version)
Bill Louie ...
(U.S. version)


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Action | Crime | Drama


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

September 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bodyguard  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mindbogglingly bad
19 December 2006 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this film and WOW was that bad. Actually the only thing that kept me watching was that it was SO MONUMENTALLY bad it was kind of entertaining. The action of the characters is hilarious, from the hyper-dramatic way they fall to gunfire, to their incredibly bad acting (were the bad guys all just pulled off the street, or were they actually actors?), to incredibly bad delivery of lines, to their inexplicable actions (if you are going to try and shoot someone through a doorway as they enter, obviously the thing to do is shoot directly at the doorknob!!). This film must break some record for worst written and delivered lines.

The camera work was also really bad - you can hardly see what's going on in the fight scenes due to switching camera angles and shakiness.

I would have voted "1" except that I do like Chiba and sidekick Sue Shihomi, and I was entertained by a couple of scenes: 1) breaking of a villain's arm so the bone pops out of the skin (that's gotta hurt) 2) a drug kingpin eating a brown-furred animal (a monkey??) by hacking away at the carcass with a meat cleaver 3) Sonny Chiba's performing some impromptu eye surgery on a guy with his fingers.

I am actually a big fan of Sonny Chiba but this one is really not worth anyone's time. I've seen about 7 or 8 of his films and have come to the conclusion that the only ones worth watching (and they are great!) are the Street Fighter series, and The Killing Machine. I've also heard the Executioner and Golgo 13 are good. I recommend sticking to those ones.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
VIVA CHIBA malcolm-is-mean
Is Etsuko Shihomi really in this? CountTheMedals
Fun movie. thefirsttripleh
Discuss Karate Kiba (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: