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Doshin So (as Sonny Chiba)
Yutaka Nakajima ...
Kiku Sakamoto
Makoto Satô ...
Kentaro Otaki
Naoya Makoto ...
Hiroshi Tomoda
Sanae Kitabayashi ...
Kino Nakano
Akiko Mori ...
Akira Ôizumi
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Sakai Osa
Kyôichi Satô ...
Kaga
Genji Kawai ...
Murayama Senzo
Junichi Tatsu ...
Miyoshi Bungo
Kazuhide Haruta ...
Michiomi Nakano
Kinji Takinami
Rikiya Yasuoka ...
Takehara
Joya Sato
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Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So. Mr Soh has been acting as a secret agent in Manchuria during the Japanese occupation. He is first seen spying on a meeting of Chinese soldiers as they plan a surprise ambush on the retreating Japanese Army. He is discovered and has to fight his way out, using fists, feet and then a machine gun. He rushes to inform the Japanese commanders of the plot, but is horrified to learn that Japan has done the unthinkable by surrendering unconditionally. Soh returns to his homeland to find a ravaged land of beaten people. Victimised by gangsters, occupation forces and corrupt local officials, the poor and the disenfranchised have lost the will to fight back. Using his "Shao Lin" skills (subtitle translation of Shorinji Kempo), he regularly champions the weak and teaches the black market thugs the error of their ways, becoming a regular guest at the local prison. He is seen... Written by David Noble

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The character Tomoda, who loses an arm, is a work of fiction, not related to the true-life one-armed practitioner who can be seen on historic clips of Shorinji Kempo. See more »

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Gory Japanese Nationalist, Martial Arts, Tearjerker. A first!
2 September 1999 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

In one scene he helps orphans, the next he rips off someones penis and feeds it to a dog. He cries the loss of his love, the prostitute he helped get off the street...then his friend gets his arm cut off with a sword and blood spurts from the stump. All of this with Japanese Nationalist beliefs and hatred against Chinese & Americans. This does star Sonny Chiba and it isn't bad, though the drama seems a little cheesy with the orphans and everybody's fake tears. Not one of his top three films for sure.


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