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The Street Fighter (1974)

Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken (original title)
Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director:

Shigehiro Ozawa

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Kôji Takada (screenplay), Motohiro Torii (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Takuma Tsurugi (Terry) (as Sonny Chiba)
Yutaka Nakajima Yutaka Nakajima ... Sarai Chuayut (as Doris Nakajima)
Chiyoko Kazama Chiyoko Kazama ... Yang Gei-Cheun
Etsuko Shihomi ... Nachi Shikenbaru (as Sue Shiomi)
Goichi Yamada Goichi Yamada ... Rakuda Zhang (as Gerald Yamada)
Nobuo Kawai Nobuo Kawai ... Tetsunosuke Tsuchida
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji ... Liang Dung-Yat
Chico Lourant Chico Lourant ... Bondo (as Chico Roland)
Tony Cetera Tony Cetera ... Abdul Jadot
Osman Yusuf ... King Stone (as Yuseph Osman)
Jirô Yabuki Jirô Yabuki ... Gijun Shikenbaru (as Jirô Chiba)
Minken Karasawa Minken Karasawa ... Warden Yamazaki
Takuzô Kawatani Takuzô Kawatani ... Ôshima
Kojiro Shirakawa Kojiro Shirakawa ... Inspector Chan
Tetsuo Torisu Tetsuo Torisu ... Detective A
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Storyline

Terry is a tough, mercenary, master of martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Terry to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price, then try to kill him to conceal their secret plans, he promptly offers his services to protect her. Much ultra-violent martial-arts fighting action, as expected, ensues. This also includes a subplot of a family's bloodfeud with Terry over a disputed debt. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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If you've got to fight...fight dirty! See more »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Street Fighter See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The blind assassin wielding a cane sword appears to be an obvious reference to the Zatoichi blind swordsman films starring Shintarô Katsu. See more »

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When the female yakuza boss shoots the member who failed to kill Terry, you can see his teeth when Terry knocked many of them out of his mouth in the fight scene before. See more »

Quotes

Terry's Father: Listen my son, TRUST NO ONE! You can count on no one but YOURSELF. Improve your skills, son, harden your body, become a NUMBER ONE MAN! Do not ever let ANYONE beat you!
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Alternate Versions

The DVD by DIGIVIEW Productions is 75 minutes long, NR Not Rated version. See more »

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Referenced in Romeo Must Die (2000) See more »

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S10 Reviews: The Street Fighter (1974)
28 August 2005 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

Synopsis: Terry Tsurugi (the great Sonny Chiba) is a martial arts master who uses his abundant talents as a mercenary gun-for-hire. Terry is brought in by the Yakuza to kidnap the daughter and sole heir of a recently deceased uber-rich oil tycoon. But when the mafia can't meet the monetary composition that Terry asks for they attempt to keep their plot secret by offing Terry. What a momentous mistake on their part.

Thoughts: Sonny Chiba's "The Street Fighter" is considered a classic in the martial arts genre. I certainly won't disagree with that since the film is a solid action flick with serious energy. The English dubbing is awful (as always) but does lend itself to the entertainment. The action scenes are shot and staged masterfully and Chiba kicks the baddies from one side of the screen to the next. There are a few tired clichés (the smart-alec sidekick who becomes more of a hindrance than anything) but the overall end result is very entertaining.


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