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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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Ryôhei Uchida
Rin'ichi Yamamoto
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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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Bodyguard Kiba
30 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I only heard of Sonny Chiba via the film True Romance and Quentin Tarantino being a big fan of him. Chiba appeared in the Kill Bill films.

However this movie is not a good introduction to Sonny Chiba. Karate Kiba is a recut version of The Bodyguard made a few years earlier.

The film opens with a narration that was ripped off by Tarantino for Pulp Fiction. The path of the righteous man.... as spoken by Samuel L Jackson.

We first see Chiba taking down a plane hijacking. We then see him offering to take down Japanese drug gangs and offers to become the personal bodyguard of anyone who has the information to take them down. A woman who claims to have valuable information steps forward but she has something to hide and Chiba and her always get into trouble with the Yakuza which leads to some martial arts action.

However the film is badly dubbed, poorly edited, the version I saw even had nudity pixelated. The script is rather pedestrian and the film even for a karate action film is rather disappointing despite the opening narration which offers a lot more than we actually get.


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