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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Sonny Chiba

Sonny Chiba is an actor, singer, and martial artist from Japan who has done a fair amount of film direction and film production over the full course of his legendary career. In total, Chiba has appeared in more than 125 movies which are in addition to the various other ways in which he has been involved with the Japanese film industry, so it should come as no surprise to learn that he continues to be a figure of considerable influence in his chosen profession. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Sonny Chiba: Was

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Sonny Chiba
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I'm Your Biggest Fan! - Reeves, Gerwig, and Chance

By Salim Garami

What's good? Apologies because I don't have much to say or talk about this week, except remark on how I'm still in a pretty pleasant mood moving out of Thanksgiving weekend and into the holiday season.

And part of what prolonged my pleasant mood was to find an admittedly 2-year-old video of movie star Keanu Reeves on promotional tour promoting John Wick in Japan discussing his admiration for martial arts film legend Sonny Chiba (of The Street Fighter or Kill Bill fame), influencing his physical choreography and style. Lo and behold, Chiba was in the studio ready to meet with Keanu and the Matrix star is suddenly starstruck to meet him and begins waxing rhapsodic over Chiba's work. Seeing such a household star in the industry be taken aback by the presence of figure that certainly isn't as well-known internationally as Reeves brought a smile to my face.
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The Green Slime

Look out! Gamma Gamma Hey! It’s the attack of screaming, arm-waving green goober monsters from a rogue planetoid, here to bring joy to the hearts of bad-movie fans everywhere. Just make sure your partner is agreeably inclined before you make it a date movie — this show has ended many a good relationship, even before the immortal words, “We’ll never make it chief, it’s coming too fast!”

The Green Slime


Warner Archive Collection

1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 90 min. / Gamma sango uchu daisakusen / Street Date October 3, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom, Robert Dunham.

Cinematography: Yoshikazu Yamasawa

Film Editor: Osamu Tanaka

Original Music: Charles Fox, Toshiaki Tsushima

Written by Bill Finger, Ivan Reiner, Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair

Produced by Walter Manley, Ivan Reiner

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

It’s a summer evening in 1969. Unable to get into a showing of Butch Cassidy
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Rick Famuyiwa In Talks To Direct Martial Arts Movie: Son of Shaolin

Martial arts movies are true guilty pleasures -- one of the more overlooked and undervalued of all the film genres. I was raised on a steady diet of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sonny Chiba, and Chuck Norris films. Later, I got to know Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Jean Claude-Van Damme, Steven Seagal for -- for the better or (sometimes) worse. These amazing fighters led the way for more recent talents, like Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais.

The '70s and '80s were arguably The greatest decades of martial arts movies (Enter the Dragon, Drunken Master, The Octagon, Bloodsport)... sure, you had to squint at times to get past bad acting and absurd plots, but we reveled in the pure visceral insanity of two (or more) trained fighters going toe-to-toe. Karate vs. Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do vs. Muay Thai -- for martial arts junkies, it's incredible to watch
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‘Karate Kill’ Review

Stars: Hayate, Asami, Kirk Geiger, Mana Sakura, Noriaki Kamata, Katrina Leigh Waters, David Sakurai | Written and Directed by Kurando Mitsutake

Kurando Mitsutake is not a name that will spring to mind of many an action movie fan, yet he has helmed a number of films that not only push the envelope of action but of exploitation. His most famous movie, until now, was undoubtedly Gun Woman, a crazy tale of a woman turned into an assassin against her will- complete with gun parts sew Inside her body (to evade a pat down obviously). Now Mitsutake gives us his take on that most old-school of action movie themes… revenge!

When Karate master Kenji’s (Hayate) young sister (Mana Sakura) is kidnapped by a dangerous cult, and taken to the U.S. he will stop at nothing to find her. Partnered with a mysterious shot-gun toting partner, Kenji must use his mastery
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Doberman Cop Starring Sonny Chiba Available on Blu-ray July 4th From Arrow Video

Doberman Cop Starring Sonny Chiba will be Available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 4th From Arrow Video

Released just as the popularity of yakuza movies was waning in Japan, and as the country’s film industry was undergoing some fundamental shifts, Doberman Cop is a unique entry in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Cops vs Thugs), and reunited him with star Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba (The Street Fighter, Wolf Guy) in an American-style crime movie that mixes gunplay and pulp fiction with martial arts and lowbrow comedy to create one of their most entertaining films.

Based on a popular manga by “Buronson” (creator of Fist of the North Star), Doberman Cop follows the fish-out-of-water adventures of Joji Kano (Chiba), a tough-as-nails police officer from Okinawa who arrives in Tokyo’s Kabuki-cho nightlife district to investigate the savage murder and mutilation of an island girl
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DVD Review – Wolf Guy (1975)

Wolf Guy, 1975.

Directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi.

Starring Sonny Chiba, Kyôsuke Machida, Saburô Date, Tooru Hanada, and Haruki Jo.


The surviving member of a clan of werewolves uncovers a plot involving murder, rape and a mysterious spirit tiger.

42 years after it original theatrical release, Wolf Guy can now finally be seen outside of Japan without having to import it thanks to Arrow Video and, quite frankly, if you consider yourself a connoisseur of grindhouse/exploitation movies then you owe it to yourself to catch up with this one if you haven’t done so already as this is one truly weird and wonderful slice of Japanese genre cinema that in a just world would now be considered a classic.

Based on a popular Manga, Wolf Guy (or Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope to give it its full, and better, title) begins with Akira Inugami (Sonny ChibaThe Street Fighter), the last surviving
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Arrow Video Reveals Full List of Bonus Features for Brain Damage Blu-ray / DVD

After introducing moviegoers to Belial in Basket Case, filmmaker Frank Henenlotter brought another evil entity to the big screen in Brain Damage, one of several horror films coming out on Blu-ray in the Us this spring from Arrow Video, who have now revealed the full list of special features for the 1988 film's high-def home media release.

Press Release: May sees the release of a fantastic slate of cult cinema from Arrow Video, with a healthy mix of giallo, cult crime and gore to keep fans happy.

First comes The Climber, starring cult actor Joe Dallesandro (Flesh for Frankenstein, Blood for Dracula). The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema and follows the rise and fall of Dallesandro's smalltime drug dealer, Aldo. Filled with brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions, this is an excellent action-thriller. The other big crime release of May is Cops vs Thugs, Kinji Fukasaku's masterpiece
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All 8 ‘Fast And Furious’ Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best

All 8 ‘Fast And Furious’ Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best
The eight-movie, 16-year history of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise is nothing less than the story of Hollywood filmmaking in the 21st century. As a scrappy, overachieving summer blockbuster has exploded into a series of bi-annual box office behemoths, the continuing adventures of Dominic Toretto have come to serve as an incredibly lucid chronicle of the transition from analog action to digital spectacle, and of how a hyper-localized star system gave way to our internationally focused age of branding. No other series in recent memory has taken so many sharp turns over the years, and no other series has been able to survive so many flat tires thanks to the sheer power of family.

With “The Fate of the Furious” ready to roll into theaters, we’ve decided to place the film in its proper context by ranking each installment of the saga from worst to best. Buckle up.
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Filmart: Japanese Star Hiroyuki Sanada on Sci-fi Horror 'Life,' Doing All His Own Stunts (Q&A)

Filmart: Japanese Star Hiroyuki Sanada on Sci-fi Horror 'Life,' Doing All His Own Stunts (Q&A)
One of the very few Japanese actors to make a successful transition to Hollywood, Hiroyuki Sanada has been in the movie business for more than half a century. Sanada, 56, came to the attention of international audiences for his role as a warrior and devoted family man in Yoji Yamada’s Oscar-nominated The Twilight Samurai (2002), before appearing alongside Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai the following year.

Despite his early martial arts training and graduating from Sonny Chiba’s Japan Action Club, his range is far wider than portrayals of Japan’s legendary swordsmen. He has appeared in films as...
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Arrow’s April Blu-ray Releases Include House / House II and Donnie Darko Box Sets, Wolf Guy

Arrow Video isn't playing any April Fools' Day joke on horror and thriller fans with their Blu-ray releases for next month, which include the respective House: Two Stories (previously scheduled for a March 21st release) and Donnie Darko box sets, Wolf Guy, Caltiki the Immortal Monster, and more.

Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with several titles for April 2017. On April 18th comes The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave (Blu-ray and DVD) and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Blu-ray and DVD), two giallo chillers from director Emilio P. Miraglia which were previously only available in the limited edition box set entitled Killer Dames. Miraglian blends the grisly whodunnit of the giallo with gothic and supernatural elements to create some truly unique chills in tales of revenge from beyond the grave and killer curses.

One of Emilio P. Miraglia's supernatural,
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Blu-ray Cover Art & Release Details for The Velvet Vampire, Time Walker, Up From The Depths & More

Over the next two months, Scream Factory’s releases include five Blu-rays limited to 1,000 units apiece. Each release will highlight an obscure and underseen sci-fi, horror, or fantasy film from the ’70s and ’80s, and the cover artwork and details on each Blu-ray have been revealed.

Deathstalker Double Feature (August 30th): “Deathstalker (1983)

Deathstalker (Richard Hill) is a mighty warrior chosen to battle the evil forces of a medieval kingdom who sets off on a journey to the most challenging tournament in the land. To the winner will go the throne of the evil wizard, the ultimate mystical power and the love of the beautiful Princess Codille (Barbi Benton). But first Deathstalker must prove himself worthy of his legacy . . . and treachery lurks at every turn.

Deathstalker II (1987)

Deathstalker II (John Terlesky) has a mission: to save the kingdom from the wicked grip of the immoral wizard Jerak and his queen Sultana,
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Battles Without Honor and Humanity – The Complete Collection

Bloody havoc reigns! Kinji Fukasaku's no-holds-barred vision of ugly violence and uglier politics on the streets of Hiroshima is a five-film Yakuza epic that spans generations. The film amounts to an alternate history of postwar Japan, that puts an end to the glorification of the Yakuza code. The enormous cast includes Bunta Sugawara, Tetsuro Tanba, Sonny Chiba and Jo Shishido. Battles without Honor and Humanity Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video 1973-74 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 760 min. / Limited Edition Boxed Set Street Date December 8, 2015 / 149.95 Starring Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Tetsuro Tanba, Kunie Tanaka, Eiko Nakamura, Sonny Chiba, Meiko Kaji, Akira Kobayashi, Tsunehiko Watase, Reiko Ike, Jo Shishido Cinematography Sadaji Yoshida Production Designer Takatoshi Suzuki Original Music Toshiaki Tsushima Written by Koichi Iiboshi, Kazuo Kasahara Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the 1990s the American Cinematheque was headquartered in various places, but settled for a few years in a large
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BFI Review – True Romance (1993)

True Romance, 1993

Directed by Tony Scott.

Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Val Kilmer and Brad Pitt.


Two lovers are on the run after killing a small-time pimp and stealing his drugs …

“You’re so cool”. The three words Patricia Arquette’s Alabama has running through her mind during the finale of Tony Scott’s True Romance. With a script by Quentin Tarantino, a cast that places Brad Pitt in a minor role and a score that seems equally jarring yet perfect, this is a film no one forgets. These early days, when Tarantino simply took his pay check by providing pop-culture savvy scripts to Scott and Oliver Stone, has a comic-book playful tone that even Qt fails to create in his productions. True Romance is edgy, fast and a huge amount of fun. With a shotgun
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7 Rowdy Roddy Piper Movies You Need to See

7 Rowdy Roddy Piper Movies You Need to See
Rowdy Roddy Piper was many things to many people. To some he was the boisterous, kilt wearing wrestler who squared off against the likes of Hulk Hogan, 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka and also yelled at people as the host of Piper's Pit. To others he was an actor in some of the more interesting films to ever be lensed. With Roddy Piper it didn't matter. He was many things to many people but no matter what, whether he wanted you to hate or love him, you loved him.

Roddy Piper sadly died this past Sunday of a heart attack. The man left us way too soon. At 61, he accomplished more with his career than most performers ever get a chance to fathom. He was a consummate entertainer who did what he did for the fans. He was once quoted as saying, "They cheered for me because they wanted to, not because they were programmed to.
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Ride or Die: A Complete History on the Evolution of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Franchise

Ride or die.” Those words only appear a few times in the franchise – most famously out of Vin Diesel’s gravelly baritone in Fast & Furious 6 – but they have become the personal motto for how this franchise has continued, grown, succeeded and become greater with each film. Today, Furious 7, the latest in the series will be released, and it’s a mark of achievement not only that they’ve made it to seven films, but that it only feels exciting for a seventh film about criminals racing cars to be released. The Fast and the Furious franchise is unlike any franchise out there right now, as it has evolved from perfectly adequate popcorn films about criminals racing cars to superb and exhilarating blockbuster action films. No other franchise can say that they only began to hit their creative stride with the fifth film. To understand how we arrived at this point though,
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Daredevil Showrunner Goes into Detail about Brutality, Kingpin, and More

Yesterday Marvel released the first trailer for their Netflix series Daredevil, and I really liked what I saw. This series has so much potential to deliver something awesome, and I couldn’t be more exited to watch it.

In an interview conducted by IGN, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight opens up about the series. He discusses things such as the evolution of the costume, The Kingpin’s role in the story, Matt Murdock's religion, the inclusion of Stick, and the kind of brutality we’ll see in the series.

Here's some of the insight that he offered on the highly anticipated series:

Costume Evolution:

"Really, the reason we start with this version -- which is hugely influenced by Man Without Fear -- is for two reasons. One, this really is the beginning, the formation of Matt Murdock a Daredevil. On the flip side, it’s the formation of Wilson Fisk becoming Kingpin.
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Exploitation Alley: The Street Fighter (1974)!!

The Street Fighter!!

I suppose I could blame my recent martial arts movie kick (no pun intended) on the recent and very amazing Why Don’T You Play In Hell? For many fans of the Exploitation genre, martial arts movies are a necessity and were probably some of the first films we were exposed to (or at least that’s how it was for me), being that they tend to be commonly And continually shown on TV. One that remains a complete kung fu classic, is the badass and hilarious (although it is totally not supposed to be) 1974 marvel, The Street Fighter. It’s this week’s Exploitation Alley film, because, you know, Sonny Chiba is the shit.

This Japanese cinematic masterpiece was released in the good ‘ol year of 1974, and was directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. If this movie is known for anything (besides being completely bad ass), it’s
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The Greatest Horror Anthology Film Segments of All Time

Popular in the 1960s and early 1970s with more rare appearances in the 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s, the anthology-style horror film has made a solid resurgence in recent years with such portmanteau releases as The ABCs of Death films and the V/H/S series.

With Mexico Barbaro, Fear Paris and other projects in various stages of completion, the anthology horror film looks to continue to be an important part of the horror cinema landscape.

Some anthology films employ a framing or wraparound sequence in an attempt to connect the segments that make up the film while others dispense with this classic Amicus-style approach entirely and simply present a collection of short films connected by genre.

Either way, a horror anthology film is ultimately about the quality of its individual segments and this article will take you on a tour of the greatest horror anthology segments of all time.
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See Samuel L. Jackson Recite His 'Pulp Fiction' Speech from Memory, Plus: The Original Movie the Quote Comes From

The endlessly quotable Pulp Fiction wouldn't be the same without Samuel L. Jackson's Ezekiel speech, which has consistently been voted as one of the best movie speeches of all time. The altered biblical passage, taken largely from Ezekiel 25:17, is recited several times in the film. Scholars and critics have debated its usage and meaning since the movie's 1994 release. Tarantino was inspired to include it thanks to Japanese martial artist Sonny Chiba, as a similar passage appears at the start of Chiba's Karate Kiba (The Bodyguard). During his appearance on the Graham Norton Show, Jackson reprised his famous lines, reciting the passage from memory. Jules Winnfield lives on. Watch the original scene for comparison, below. Warning: Nsfw language And...

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