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Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess (1976)

Hissatsu onna kenshi (original title)
Karate master Kazuma gets severely beaten and crippled by nefarious rival Nikaido. Kazuma trains his loyal daughter Yumi in the martial arts so she can exact a harsh revenge on Nikaido and his band of evil thugs.

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Etsuko Shihomi ...
Yumi Higaki
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Kazuma Higaki (as Sonny Chiba)
Yasuaki Kurata ...
Masahiko Okizaki
Jirô Yabuki ...
Jiro Chinen (as Jirô Chiba)
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Bin Amatsu ...
Hironobu Nikaido
Brian Becher
Raina Guzman
Masashi Ishibashi ...
Shiroge Oni
Burt Johansson
Tatsuya Kameyama ...
Baba
Shunsuke Kariya ...
Yokoi
Yoshi Katô ...
Kakuzen
Genji Kawai ...
Robert Okizaki
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Eisaku Ohba
Yûsuke Nagumo ...
Mashiko
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Karate master Kazuma gets severely beaten and crippled by nefarious rival Nikaido. Kazuma trains his loyal daughter Yumi in the martial arts so she can exact a harsh revenge on Nikaido and his band of evil thugs.

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Sonny Chiba and Su Shiomi in the Biggest, Boldest, Bloodiest Battles of Their Lives! See more »

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31 January 1976 (Japan)  »

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Etsuko Shiomi and Yasuaki Kurata deserve better
26 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I saw "Dragon Princess" on a double-feature DVD; the other movie was "The Bodyguard", starring Sonny Chiba, who appears only in the opening 10 minutes of this one. It's an appropriate pairing, not only because of the Chiba connection, but because the two movies share the same basic problems: a story that feels stretched even at 90- minutes, lots of pointless filler, and fight scenes that generally don't deliver the goods due to a combination of poor filming and poor DVD transferring. "Dragon Princess" is a little better than "The Bodyguard", if only because there are more and longer fights. And there are some memorable scenes, like Etsuko Shiomi using kung fu against vicious dogs (years before Milla Jovovich did it in "Resident Evil"), a bad guy going crazy when he hears bell noises, and Shiomi & Yasuaki Kurata jumping from the top of a high cliff and landing safely on their two feet. But I can't stop feeling that both Shiomi (who looks really beautiful here) and Kurata deserved a better showcase than this. (*1/2)


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