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February 1976 (USA) See more »
Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of [i]Shorinji Kempo[/i]... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Doshin So (as Sonny Chiba)
Yutaka Nakajima ... Kiku Sakamoto
Makoto Satô ... Kentaro Otaki
Naoya Makoto ... Hiroshi Tomoda
Sanae Kitabayashi ... Kino Nakano
Akiko Mori ... Masako
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
Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama ... Koiwa
Midori Hoshino ... Murayama Noriko
Toshihiko Sawada ... Kawai
Makoto Wada ... Ishihara
Shunsuke Kariya ... Matsunaga Gunji
Giichi Sugi
Sami Suzuki
Gôzô Sôma
Akira Kuji
Tadashi Takatsuki
Masao Hiraishi
Teruo Shimizu
Miru Rado
Teinosu Aru
Taiko Rin ... Horse thief
Shigeru Yokoyama ... Tachibana Mitsuo
Kôji Miemachi
Megumi Jô
Fumie Shô
Kimie Matsui
Yuko Toshima
Hitoki Iizuka
Norihiko Umeji
Naoyuki Tsuji
Eiji Iwabuchi
Mieko Muramatsu
Osamu Yamanouchi
Jirô Sagawa
Kôji Sawada ... Kimura
Ryôjirô Nishimoto
Sakae Yamaura
Misao Haruda
Toshimichi Takahashi
Osamu Kimura
Shoji Matsushita
Fukunosuke Izumi
Kengo Miyaji ... Mitsui
Kôichi Yamada
Kenji Gotô
Masumi Osaki
Yumi Sumika ... Chieko Nakano
Yasushi Esaki
Masako Kuchitori
Akemi Koike ... Toshie Nakano
Homare Hasegawa
Yasuto Sugawara
Kazuki Onoda
Yoichi Nanya
Kojun Ikuta
Asao Koike ... Sakae Akamatsu
Hiroshi Nawa ... Tanosuke Iwasa
Hideo Murota ... Horse thief's division head
Etsuko Shihomi ... Miho Tomoda
Tetsurô Tanba ... Nobuyuki Kobayakawa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naomi Katô ... Hase
Yukio Someno

Directed by
Noribumi Suzuki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Isao Matsumoto 

Original Music by
Shunsuke Kikuchi 
Cinematography by
Yoshio Nakajima 

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87 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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Edited into Martial Arts Mayhem Vol. 3 (2007) (V)See more »


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manliness personified, 20 January 2013
Author: Volcanic_Slut

In a defining moment of this movie, Sonny Chiba stares ahead in the snow with those strangely piercing otter eyes of his and monologues: "love and strength are one. Strength without love is nothing. Love and strength... ARE ONE!" Maybe that's about all you need to know to determine whether or not this is your thing.

It's important to note this is one of the few 70s Chiba films that isn't just an exploitation flick, although there are a few bones thrown to that audience (pun intention status classified)--I'm sure a few other reviews mention the violence highlights. It's not even really a martial arts movie, or rather, maybe it could be said it's more "purely" about martial arts than your average Hong Kong yarn; it's a slow-burning post-war drama in which the plot emerges from the underlying philosophy, rather than the narrative simply being a vehicle for combat. Action junkies will be bored, but in typical 70s Japanese fashion it's extremely stylish and watchable, even a bit funky.

Somehow the melodrama is layed on thick without ever getting overly sappy, and watered down bushido philosophy & anti-imperialism make for a righteous mix of thematic meat as Chiba punishes thugs and does the best he can to protect his own. Yes, there are "troublesome" nationalistic overtones that turn a questioning eye toward multiculturalism, go cry about it. It is an extremely masculine, sincere film, so of course modern audiences probably can't relate either way.

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