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Doberman Cop (1977)

Doberuman deka (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 2 July 1977 (Japan)
A tough-as-nails cop from Okinawa investigates a savage murder in Tokyo's nightlife district. Originally dismissed as a bumpkin, he soon proves more savvy than the local police.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Buronson (manga), Shinji Hiramatsu (manga) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Joji Kano (as Sonny Chiba)
Janet Hatta ... Miki Haruno / Yuna Tamashiro
Eiko Matsuda ... Kosode
Masaru Shiga Masaru Shiga ... Kidnapper Ono
Tatsuo Endô ... Fujikawa
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Jiro Takahashi
Kôichi Iwaki Kôichi Iwaki ... Choei 'Hotshot' Mikawa
Takuzô Kawatani Takuzô Kawatani ... Hiyoshi Kinoshita
Hiroki Matsukata Hiroki Matsukata ... Kaiji Hidemori
Ryûji Katagiri Ryûji Katagiri ... Sanada
Ryô Nishida Ryô Nishida ... Det. Takuya Tamura
Seizô Fukumoto ... Thug A
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisuke Awaji Daisuke Awaji ... Makoto Shimokawa
Jûkei Fujioka Jûkei Fujioka ... Chief Sano
Tetsuo Fujisawa Tetsuo Fujisawa ... Director
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A tough-as-nails cop from Okinawa investigates a savage murder in Tokyo's nightlife district. Originally dismissed as a bumpkin, he soon proves more savvy than the local police.

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Director Kinji Fukasaku was relatively disinterested in the source material, the original 1975 manga "Doberuman Deka" by Buronson and Shinji Hiramatsu, resulting in numerous changes to the narrative for the film. See more »

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Featured in Sonny Chiba: A Life in Action, Vol. 2 (2017) See more »

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"I'm not a clown, I'm a crazy person"
23 March 2008 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Well if you've seen and loved Kinji Fukasaku's other great yakuza flicks, there's no harm in checking out Doberman Cop, but be warned it's nowhere near as good as, say, The Yakuza Papers or Graveyard of Honour.

It was probably shot very hastily with low production values, and it shows. The camera work is remarkably so so for a Fukasaku movie and here his trademark kinetic style could be mistaken for shoddy hand-held camera work. Everything from the sets to the fights just shows there wasn't much creativity involved. It's a pretty standard yakuza effort, probably shot together in 2 weeks to meet Japan's demands for the product.

Sonny Chiba stars as the naive village cop that comes to the big city of Tokyo to track down a missing girl from his village. There's a fair amount of anti-establishment bikers, crazy cops, yakuzas, prostitutes, star-system sleazebags, but what makes Doberman Cop worthwhile is Sonny Chiba. The guy is a badass, there's no way around that. And he gets to show his asskicking skills on a number of occasions, thank god. He also carries a pig. Good, not great stuff but worth a watch.


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