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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:

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

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Street Fighter See more »

Company Credits

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

First film to ever get an X rating for violence in the US. American newspaper ads carried the quote "NOTICE: The MPAA has rated this film unsuitable for viewers under the age of 17 because of its extraordinary fight sequences." See more »

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Near the end of the movie, on the ocean liner, Terry is fighting three men in a hallway and some equipment is visible at the bottom of the screen. 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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time to get tough
4 October 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Sonny Chiba was mostly a cult star for years until he appeared in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" as a sword-maker (I'd never heard of him until then). Of course, fans of martial arts movies knew Chiba for movies like "Gekitotsu! Satsujin Ken" (called "The Streetfighter" in English).

Without a doubt, the 1970s were known for martial arts movies -- along with disco -- and this movie is a prime example. Chiba plays Takuma Tsurugi (called Terry in the English dubbing), a martial arts master who has to come to the rescue of a kidnapped heiress. That's the official plot, but there can be no doubt that the flick's main purpose is to show off every imaginable move, with some scenes slowed up just so that you can see the action. I wouldn't put the movie in the same class as "Enter the Dragon", but even so, it's some of the most fun that you can have watching a movie. I hope that Sonny Chiba gets to appear in more movies!


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