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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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OK karate flick, but really kind of forgettable. See more (7 total) »

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôji Hio ... Bunshô Chin
Hiroshi Nawa
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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 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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Additional Details

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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Runtime:
87 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:13+ (Québec) | USA:R
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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
OK karate flick, but really kind of forgettable., 4 January 2006
Author: Johann from United States

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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