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Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess (1976)

Hissatsu onna kenshi (original title)
Karate master Kazuma gets severely beaten and crippled by nefarious rival Nikaido. Kazuma trains his loyal daughter Yumi in the martial arts so she can exact a harsh revenge on Nikaido and his band of evil thugs.

Director:

Yutaka Kohira (as Yu Kohira)

Writer:

Hirô Matsuda (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Etsuko Shihomi ... Yumi Higaki
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Kazuma Higaki (as Sonny Chiba)
Yasuaki Kurata ... Masahiko Okizaki
Jirô Yabuki Jirô Yabuki ... Jiro Chinen (as Jirô Chiba)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu ... Hironobu Nikaido
Brian Becher Brian Becher
Raina Guzman Raina Guzman
Masashi Ishibashi Masashi Ishibashi ... Shiroge Oni
Burt Johansson Burt Johansson
Tatsuya Kameyama Tatsuya Kameyama ... Baba
Shunsuke Kariya Shunsuke Kariya ... Yokoi
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Kakuzen
Genji Kawai Genji Kawai ... Robert Okizaki
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu ... Eisaku Ohba
Yûsuke Nagumo Yûsuke Nagumo ... Mashiko
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Karate master Kazuma gets severely beaten and crippled by nefarious rival Nikaido. Kazuma trains his loyal daughter Yumi in the martial arts so she can exact a harsh revenge on Nikaido and his band of evil thugs.

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martial arts | kung fu | See All (2) »

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Sonny Chiba and Su Shiomi in the Biggest, Boldest, Bloodiest Battles of Their Lives! See more »

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Etsuko Shiomi and Yasuaki Kurata deserve better
26 October 2008 | by gridoon2020See all my reviews

I saw "Dragon Princess" on a double-feature DVD; the other movie was "The Bodyguard", starring Sonny Chiba, who appears only in the opening 10 minutes of this one. It's an appropriate pairing, not only because of the Chiba connection, but because the two movies share the same basic problems: a story that feels stretched even at 90- minutes, lots of pointless filler, and fight scenes that generally don't deliver the goods due to a combination of poor filming and poor DVD transferring. "Dragon Princess" is a little better than "The Bodyguard", if only because there are more and longer fights. And there are some memorable scenes, like Etsuko Shiomi using kung fu against vicious dogs (years before Milla Jovovich did it in "Resident Evil"), a bad guy going crazy when he hears bell noises, and Shiomi & Yasuaki Kurata jumping from the top of a high cliff and landing safely on their two feet. But I can't stop feeling that both Shiomi (who looks really beautiful here) and Kurata deserved a better showcase than this. (*1/2)


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 January 1976 (Japan) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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