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Release Date:
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
Aspect Ratio:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Martial Arts Mayhem Vol. 3 (2007) (V)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
classic Chiba!!, 8 March 2007
Author: wanderingstar from Toronto

"The Killing Machine" undoubtedly did not make the short list for foreign films up for Oscars in 1975, but for Chiba fans, this is pure gold.

It's 1945, and Chiba is a spy in the Japanese Imperial Army, one of the many "disillusioned" young men after Japan's unconditional surrender. The story takes him from the poor streets of post-war Japan, taking care of homeless kids, to founding a karate school which provides a bulwark of purity against corrupt drug traffickers.

The campy hokeyness is best exemplified in the first scene, when Chiba is spying on Chinese commanders in a nondescript house at the front. He is discovered, fights his way out, and in the split second change in scene, stumbles into a Japanese office, like it was located in the very next room (hey, do you think the two sets were side by side????).

But this film contains some great fight scenes. Back kicks, devastating punches, spurting limbs, and genitalia severed with scissors and fed to the local stray dogs abounds. In my fav scene which really exemplifies Chiba's style, he lays waste to an opponent by bending his arm back and breaking it, and it flops backwards at a grotesque angle. Then, as though this wasn't enough, he takes the time to turn the guy over and break his other arm! Classic!!! who can argue with this type of genius!!

Definitely, definitely see this, if possible with some beers and a bunch of friends with the same taste in campy 1970's martial arts films.

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