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Karate Kiba (1976)

Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers ... See full summary »

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Ikki Kajiwara (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Etsuko Shiomi ... (as Etsuko Shihomi)
Jirô Yabuki Jirô Yabuki ... (as Jirô Chiba)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Banks Aaron Banks ... (U.S. version)
Ling Chia ... (U.S. version) (as Judy Lee)
Shin'ichi Chiba ... (as Sonny Chiba)
Saburô Date Saburô Date
Eiji Gô Eiji Gô
Bill Louie Bill Louie ... (U.S. version)
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Hijacker
Ryôhei Uchida Ryôhei Uchida
Rin'ichi Yamamoto Rin'ichi Yamamoto
Rikiya Yasuoka
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Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to come forward and provide information about the drug lords' activities. He is soon approached by a mysterious woman claiming to have important information and asking for Chiba's protection. She seems to be legitimate, but is she really what she appears to be? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Sonny Chiba, hired to kill... If his kick doesn't get you... his fatal fist will! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bodyguard See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The quote at the beginning of the movie was used almost word for word in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction. This explains why the bible passage is different when looked up, as it has been translated and reworded at least three times. See more »

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Narrator: The path of the righteous man and defender is beset on all sides by the iniquity of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper, and the father of lost children. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious anger, who poison and destroy my brothers; and they shall know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard when I shall lay my vengeance upon them!
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Alternate Versions

1976 version entitled The Bodyguard has added appearances of actors Bill Louie and Aaron Banks at beginning. See more »

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Edited into You're Still Not Fooling Anybody (1997) See more »

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THE WORD "SUCKS" WAS CREATED TO DESCRIBE FLICKS LIKE THIS
13 March 2002 | by EL BUNCHOSee all my reviews

Even if you are a die-hard Sonny Chiba fan there is no reason to see this snooze-fest. However, watch the first five minutes for a tacked-on bit shot at a Times Square dojo in the mid-'70's that has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the film. That sequence is so badly-acted and ludicrous that you'll wet yourself laughing! The sequence goes something like this:

CAMERA PANS UP STAIRCASE, GOES INTO DOJO.

An Hispanic martial arts guy does a pointless routine with two pair of nunchaku ("chucks") and comments to an Italian-looking karate guy "That's how Bruce Lee woulda done it!" The Italian guy says "That's pretty good, but here's how Sonny Chiba woulda done it!" He then proceeds to approximate some of Chiba's trademark moves from THE STREET FIGHTER on some poor student. After leaving the poor student hanging by his nuts, the two martial artists rub their chins and muse "I wonder what Sonny Chiba's doing now?" Then the movie lurches to a start. You may now turn off your vcr and do something useful like eat your own earwax.


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