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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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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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Became public domain after rights failed to renew. 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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Recent ultra-budget reissue by PC Treasures claims to run 84 minutes, but actually has the 91 minute version. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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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.


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