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Etsuko Shihomi
Jirô Yabuki ...
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Ling Chia ...
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Saburô Date
Eiji Gô
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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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is there any widescreen versions of this movie?
21 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got a question. Is there any widescreen versions of This awesome flick? Any help would be great. I know that there are full screen copies out there but i want it in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. This film rocks. Sonny Chiba has never been better.The film rocks and it's interesting to see Chiba essentially playing himself. Surprislingly, this is one violent film. All of the butt-kicking of the Streetfighter with the action of 5 martial arts films rolled into one.

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 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?


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