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Writers:
Teruo Ishii
Bobby White (subtitles)
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Release Date:
1978 (USA) See more »
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The meanest Chiba movie yet! See more »
Plot:
Three street toughs are hired to take down a Tokyo drug dealer in this hard-hitting Toei karate action film. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
Eiji Gô ... Ichiro Sakura
Yutaka Nakajima ... Emi (as Doris Nakajima)

Hiroyuki Sanada ... Toga as a boy (as Hiroyuki Shimosawa)
Yasuaki Kurata ... Karate teacher
Makoto Satô ... Takeshi Hayato
Ryô Ikebe ... Arashiyama
Masahiko Tsugawa ... Mario Mizuhara
Michitaro Mizushima ... Hakusessai Koga
Rikiya Yasuoka ... Lone wolf
Hideo Murota ... Boss
Meika Seri ... Woman
Kôji Hio ... Bunshô Chin
Hiroshi Nawa

Directed by
Teruo Ishii 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Teruo Ishii 
Bobby White  subtitles

Produced by
Sunao Sakagami .... producer
Hisashi Yabe .... planner
 
Original Music by
Hajime Kaburagi 
 
Cinematography by
Yoshikazu Yamasawa 
 
Film Editing by
Fumio Sôda  (as Fumio Soda)
 
Production Design by
Baku Fujita  (as Hiroshi Fujita)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shinichi Hashimoto .... assistant director (as Shin'ichi Hashimoto)
 
Sound Department
Tadayuki Komatsu .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yasunojô Kawasaki .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken" - Japan (original title)
"Direct Hit! Hell Fist" - USA (literal English title)
"Rebirth of Underworld Superpower" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
"The Executioner" - USA (DVD title)
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87 min
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Canada:13+ (Québec) | USA:R
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Basically Lupin III, 22 August 2012

Teruo Ishii was a bit of a troll. When the studio expected something he didn't want to do, he would just have fun with it, go all out, and more or less attempt to sabotage the whole production. With The Executioner they wanted a karate film with Sonny Chiba, and technically that's what he gave them--in the same sense The Room is technically a drama that deals with complex social issues.

So, aside from the fact Chiba's character is supposed to have inherited ninjitsu, this is basically a live action adaptation of Lupin III. It's over-the-top stylish, gaudy, ultra-violent, aggressively sexist, and it's just wink wink nudge nudge the whole way through. The puerility can become a bit much. At times it feels like you're being challenged to see how much sleaze you can take, but the movie oozes style and is a lot of fun, so you stick with it. A few boner and rape jokes later, you're thinking this is absolutely stupid, why would anybody watch this? Then you see something garishly brilliant that reminds you of Dario Argento crossed with French new wave. Did Sonny Chiba just rip that guy's rib out? Holy s***! And suddenly you're back on the movie's side.

And it just goes on like that. It's some of the most extreme, exploitative, intoxicating, dumb tacky pulp you'll see this side of The Street Fighter. Much to Ishii's dismay, The Executioner was a success in Japan, and he was called on to make a sequel. It is also insane.

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