7.1/10
4,058
55 user 43 critic

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

Writers:

Steve Autrey (english version), Kôji Takada (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Takuma "Terry" Tsurugi returns. In this sequel, he sets out to bust up a phony charity put together by the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Claude Gagnon, Masafumi Suzuki
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Terry Sugury is hired to recover one of two tapes containing a formula for making heroin for a price of 200 dollars a pound. But he gets double crossed. So he wants the tape back.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Reiko Ike, Etsuko Shiomi
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A teenage girl makes a new friend at her school who tells her that she has the ability to travel between worlds.

Director: Kazuya Konaka
Stars: Timothy Breese Miller, J. David Brimmer, Jessica Calvello
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Stars: Etsuko Shiomi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Asao Uchida
Long June (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Kamol Srisawat
Stars: Kriangkrai Angkunchai, Sorapong Chatree, Somchai Kemglad
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of teens are enjoying themselves, playing paint ball. At the same time, a group of convicts escape from the prison. Both head to a new building. The first group is just going there ... See full summary »

Director: Khomsan Srisawat
Stars: Suttida Kasemsan Na Ayutthaya, Thanaphong Khlaaiphongphan, Thana 'Oil' Suthikamorn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mai and his younger brother Meh falls in love with the same woman but their rivalry has to be put aside after their father becomes sick.

Director: Rashane Limtrakul
Stars: Suttida Kasemsan Na Ayutthaya, Somchai Kemglad, Aroon Pavilai
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii
Stars: Riona Hazuki, Reiko Takashima, Jinpachi Nezu
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The film exposes the atrocities of war through the eyes of two children who are stranded in the DMZ after the end of the Korean War. The DMZ, strewn with abandoned tanks, dead bodies, land ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-ho Park
Stars: Mi-lyeong Jo, Kung-won Nam, Bin-a Ju
Red Eagle (2010)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Year 2016, Bangkok is a rotten capital infested with chaos and criminals. Widespread corruption by politicians has dipped the moral compass to a new low, and the government's hasty plan to ... See full synopsis »

Director: Wisit Sasanatieng
Stars: Ananda Everingham, Yarinda Boonnak, Wannasing Prasertkul
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Upon the death of the third Shogun, his heir is kidnapped by a ninja group. Consequently, Hattori Hanzo fights the evil forces that threaten to destroy the nation.

Director: Eiichi Kudô
Stars: Makoto Fujita, Emi Hamada, Yûji Honma
Natural City (2003)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in... See full summary »

Director: Byung-chun Min
Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Jae-un Lee, Rin Seo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Takuma Tsurugi (Terry) (as Sonny Chiba)
Etsuko Shiomi ... Nachi Shikenbaru
Goichi Yamada Goichi Yamada ... Rakuda Zhang
Fumio Watanabe Fumio Watanabe ... Renzo Mutaguchi
Masashi Ishibashi Masashi Ishibashi ... Tateki Shikenbaru
Masafumi Suzuki Masafumi Suzuki ... Kendo Masaoka
Rin'ichi Yamamoto Rin'ichi Yamamoto ... Kowloon Dinsau
Yutaka Nakajima Yutaka Nakajima ... Sarai Chuayut
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu ... Môrôkô
Tony Cetera Tony Cetera ... Abdul Jadot
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji ... Liang Dong-Yi
Reiko Ike
Osman Yusuf ... Kingstone
Eizô Kitamura Eizô Kitamura
Toijo Shikeharo Toijo Shikeharo
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The First X Rated Fight Scenes in Screen History! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Street Fighter See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

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!
See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on the FX network is "between" the R-rated and X-rated cuts in that it (surprisingly) shows more violence than the R-rated cut (such as when Junjo has to stab his sister through her back), but is still missing some violence present in the X-rated cut (such as when blood spills from the blind swordsman's head when attacked by Terry). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kiss of the Dragon (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

THE MOVIE THAT GAVE MARTIAL ARTS FLICKS THEIR REPUTATION FOR GORE AND SADISM!!! A MUST-SEE!
13 March 2002 | by EL BUNCHOSee all my reviews

Remember during the height of the martial arts movie boom (roughly 1973-1976) the reputation that chopsocky films had for being replete with misery, violence, gore and degradation of the human spirit? Well, most films in the genre didn't live up to the hype at all. THE STREETFIGHTER, however, set the standard for onscreen insanity, was originally rated X for violence, and has yet to be equalled (well...maybe THE STORY OF RIKI) for sheer, nasty entertainment value.

Sonny Chiba stars as Terry Tsurugi, an utterly amoral b**tard who is absolutely the last guy you would ever want to face in combat. Bruce Lee's characters had the common decency to simply kill you and move on, whereas Tsurugi would make his punishment of an opponent extremely personal, down to the point of tearing off pieces of their bodies. His fighting style is graceless but effective, and a lot easier for any of us who strove to match the grace of Bruce to appreciate. If you want to see ass-whuppin' administered with balletic grace and artistry, do not see this film. If you want to see a guy mercilessly whip truckloads of ass, then this is the movie for you!

In a nutshell: Terry tsurugi is a badass-for-hire who will take on any job if his price is met. Plotline #1 has Terry rescuing convicted karate murderer Junjo from his date with the hangman. When Terry relocates Junjo to Hong Kong so the Japanese police won't find him, Junjo's brother and sister show up and tell Terry that they can't afford to pay him the rest of the money they owe for their brother's escape. Tragedy results that will make Junjo Terry's bitterest enemy and will eventually see them in a final showdown where only one will survive.Plotline #2 sees Terry volunteering to bodyguard the heiress to an oil fortune who is being pressured by the Yakuza. Her uncle happens to be a Karate master who is the only man alive that Tsurugi respects, and by working for him, Terry makes an attempt at redeeming himself as a human being (well, sort of...). Terry tries to stay one step ahead of the Yakuza, and his efforts culminate in a literal bloodbath where he takes on about thirty goons and puts much foot to ass.

The two plotlines overlap wildly and the ass-whuppin' set-pieces are loads of violent fun. Chiba's intense performance is unlike any other character in the history of the genre. Mean, violent and downright reprehensible, THE STREETFIGHTER is a unique milestone in the martial arts movie genre. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.


23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 55 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed