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Onna hissatsu ken (1974)

Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring responsible for importing heroin from Japan to Hong Kong. When he is identified and ... See full summary »

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Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

Writers:

Masahiro Kakefuda (screenplay), Norifumi Suzuki (screenplay) (as Noribumi Suzuki)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Etsuko Shiomi ... Li Koryu (as Etsuko Shihomi)
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Seiichi Hibiki (as Sonny Chiba)
Asao Uchida Asao Uchida ... Tetsudo Fujita
Sanae Ôhori Sanae Ôhori ... Shinobu Kojo
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu ... Shigetomi Kakuzaki
Hiroshi Kondô Hiroshi Kondô ... Li Gyokudo
Emi Hayakawa Emi Hayakawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takashi Hio Takashi Hio ... Gomaru Akasawa (as Kôji Hio)
Masashi Ishibashi Masashi Ishibashi ... Kazunao Inubashiri
Tatsuya Kameyama Tatsuya Kameyama ... Shimura
Ryoichi Koike Ryoichi Koike ... Tesshin Uesu
Hideo Kosuge Hideo Kosuge ... Tomoyuki Obayashi
Akira Kuji Akira Kuji ... Neret
Toshio Minami Toshio Minami ... Ma Ba-Yuan
Kengo Miyaji Kengo Miyaji ... Kizaki
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Storyline

Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring responsible for importing heroin from Japan to Hong Kong. When he is identified and imprisoned, the police pressure his sister, Tina Long, to help them locate and free him. She gets the help of Lee's martial-arts school, including the powerful Sonny Kawasaka, for the inevitable battle-royale with the drug gang, which includes masters of many different 'schools' of fighting. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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He's a one man army. She's a one woman death squad. See more »

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Action | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Female Fighting Fist in Danger See more »

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Toei Tokyo See more »
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| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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ONNA HISSATSU KEN series. #1 of 4 films. See more »

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As with the "real" Street Fighter series, this film was initially going to be released in the US with an X rating for violence. However, New Line Cinema cut the film to receive an R-rating for a more profitable release. There are currently plans to release an official uncut print in America on DVD, but as of this writing, it is uncertain as to which company will pick up the distribution rights. See more »

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Koryu's exploding fist vs. unusual humans
7 February 2009 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Koryu (Etsuko Shihomi) is sent from Hong Kong to Japan to investigate the disappearance of her brother who was trying to find proof against drug smugglers. She needs to fight against their boss who once says "I like unusual humans and keep them", and assembled all kinds of strange looking fighters therefore, from a guy with a Mohawk and arrows to a jungle women squad. Some of his guards wear a black mask for no reason at all, as they take it off in every fight, anyway.

Koryu's almost only friends are at a Shorinji Kempo school. Sonny Chiba, star of the original "Street Fighter", appears there as well. Shorinji Kempo differs from many other kinds of Martial arts by its strong Buddhist idea of happiness. Many viewers were irritated about the mirrored swastika symbol they use in the movie. Although it is true that such a cross was a symbol of good luck in ancient times, Shorinji Kempo was invented as late as 1947, when the overwhelming majority of people had an entirely different understanding for the symbol, thus it was not clever to use. They must have been told because they changed it meanwhile...

The notorious Norifumi Suzuki wrote on the screenplay for "Sister Street Fighter", but didn't direct in the end. It's still bewildering enough, though! 18 year old Etsuko Shihomi in the title role looks so innocent, but really explodes with energy in the fights. Mind you, nowadays they often cast models for such films who look good in the close-ups, while fast cutting has to hide the fact that they know little about martial arts (check out the lady in Jackie Chan's „New Police Story" for a typical example). In 1974, Etsuko had to do everything for real, hiding the bruises of the battles, and the result is still impressive today. I voted 8/6/8/7 for the 4 "Sister Street Fighter" movies.


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