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Executioner (1974)
"Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken" (original title)

 -  Action  -  1978 (USA)
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Three street toughs are hired to take down a Tokyo drug dealer in this hard-hitting Toei karate action film.

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Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
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Yutaka Nakajima ...
Emi (as Doris Nakajima)
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Toga as a boy (as Hiroyuki Shimosawa)
Yasuaki Kurata ...
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Makoto Satô ...
Ryô Ikebe ...
Arashiyama
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Mario Mizuhara
Michitaro Mizushima ...
Hakusessai Koga
Rikiya Yasuoka ...
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Hideo Murota ...
Boss
Meika Seri ...
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Bunshô Chin
Hiroshi Nawa
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OK karate flick, but really kind of forgettable.
4 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film starts out with an older guy and a young (and very attractive) lady recruiting three karate experts to take on a dope ring. Sonny's character was trained in the ninja arts, but has fallen on hard financial time. One of his cohorts is an ex-cop who is now a hit man and the other is a sleaze ball who Sonny has to break out of prison. After some cheap attempts to develop the plot and Sonny kicking ass, they go after the syndicate head while he's having some kind of party.

It's a little weak on the plot and there's way too much of the sleazy guy trying (in vain) to hook up with women, but it does have some pretty cool karate action. Sonny and the ex-cop banter back and forth, which gets a little annoying after a while. The sleazy guy doesn't really do much, except for shamelessly hitting on women (his character didn't advance the plot a whole lot), and some of the other karate experts were unremarkable.

Recommended only to true blue Chiba fans.


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