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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 »
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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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8/10 - remember it's a ninja film and enjoy it! 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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Canada:13+ (Québec) | USA:R
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Referenced in Forty Deuce (1982)See more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
8/10 - remember it's a ninja film and enjoy it!, 5 March 2006
Author: Simon Booth from UK

In order to bust a gang of drug smugglers the law can't touch, two cops hand in their badges and hire a ninja and a pervert to take the bad guys on! Hey, don't look at me, I didn't write it :p I keep trying to like Sonny Chiba films, but have been consistently disappointed (I've liked films he's been in, such as Stormriders, but not films he's starred in). But I keep trying, because it's clear a man of such martial arts talent *should* be able to pull out some great films. Finally I've found one that, for me, realises Chiba's potential - THE EXECUTIONER - and I realised that the problem with most of the other Chiba films I've seen was a complete lack of ninjas! Chiba plays the heir to the leadership of the Koga ninja clan, whose grandfather puts him through arduous training as a child so that the clan's skills will survive. When he's old enough to leave the roost he finds his ninja skills are really not that much use, and just about makes a living as a second-rate private detective. The former cops hook him for their mission with the promise of billions of yen's worth of drug money once they take the dope from the Yakuza that are supplying it.

The 70's knew what people wanted when they went to the cinema - sex and violence! THE EXECUTIONER has little ambition more than to provide us with some of both, though definitely more of the latter. The influence of Bruce Lee is strong, but Bruce would probably never have been involved with something this sleazy. Chiba is like Bruce minus the philosophy and principles - a "bad ass", in other words. There's not a lot more to say about the film really... the plot offers little in the way of surprises, but quite a few cheap thrills and some genuine laughs (the film doesn't seem to take itself too seriously), and Chiba pulls a guy's rib right out of his chest. What else do you want????

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