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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

Writers:

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

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Company See more »
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| (R-rated) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Became public domain after rights failed to renew. See more »

Goofs

When the Yakuza attacks "Terry" in his apartment after learning who leads them, one of the Yakuza members drops to his knees before Terry gets to him so he can vault off his back to kick another Yakuza member. See more »

Quotes

Terry Tsurugi: [after punching Junjou in the back] Soon you'll be unconscious through lack of oxygen; it's an ancient technique.
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Followed by Onna hissatsu ken (1974) See more »

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Become a NUMBER ONE MAN!
12 March 2004 | by EnriqueHSee all my reviews

Sonny Chiba is one of the very few martial-arts stars that has escaped Bruce Lee's shadow and this film shows you why. Though he wears dark clothes and is shirtless, (just like Lee), during some of the fight scenes, he still comes across as an original.

He's got screen presence to spare and his deadpan approach to the exaggerated violence and fight scenes makes this funny and a totally awesome guy movie with lots of blood, gore and fighting. The one thing that I thought was strange was the throaty, phlegm-sounding war-cry that Chiba and other karate masters use throughout the film, but even that grows on you.

I was inspired to watch this film when I saw short clips in "True Romance". The fight scene looked original, so I gave it a shot. Loved it.

How can you go wrong when the star of the films utters lines like, "Maybe some day we can hold a death match." and, after punching a guy in the back, "You'll be unconscious through lack of oxygen; it's an ancient technique."

And I really dig the roly-poly karate master who goes on to teach Chiba's character a few new things about fighting. How many times do you get to see an obviously overweight character show that being overweight doesn't prevent you from kicking ass?

The character of Ratnose does get overbearing after a while, but it's a small price to pay to watch Chiba play one of the coolest anti-heroes of all time.

"Become...a number one man!" and rent this movie. Pure 70s martial-arts cheese and ass kicking.


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