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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)
Eiji Gô ...
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 ...
Lone wolf
Hideo Murota ...
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Meika Seri ...
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Kôji Hio ...
Bunshô Chin
Hiroshi Nawa
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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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Brutal!
17 March 2008 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

This karate classic is one of a kind. Sonny Chiba is remember for his Street Fighter prowess plays a fighter with ninja skills who is recruited by a ex-cop now hit-man along with a another fighter who is a complete nincompoop and very sexy lady. They go after a drug syndicate who uses a deaf-mute as a pawn to their schemes. The death-scenes are a little more animated than gruesome. The fighting scenes are great as well. I liked the part where Sonny's character steps on the paint and painted the enemies up. More plans do come up, and the fighter wants to get more of his share of the cut. However, he trust in the boss is questionable. The crime syndicate gets more fighters to take on Sonny's character. Somehow, arrogance and egos clashed with some of the fighters which gave Sonny character an edge. This movie was rather corny in some areas, other than that, in was fun to watch in my opinion. A very big keeper. 5 stars!


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