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Shôrinji kenpô (1975)

R | | Action, Drama | February 1976 (USA)
Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So. Mr Soh has been acting as a secret agent in Manchuria during the... See full summary »

Director:

Norifumi Suzuki (as Noribumi Suzuki)

Writer:

Isao Matsumoto
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Doshin So (as Sonny Chiba)
Yutaka Nakajima Yutaka Nakajima ... Kiku Sakamoto
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Kentaro Otaki
Naoya Makoto Naoya Makoto ... Hiroshi Tomoda
Sanae Kitabayashi Sanae Kitabayashi ... Kino Nakano
Akiko Mori Akiko Mori ... Masako
Akira Ôizumi Akira Ôizumi
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu ... Sakai Osa
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Kaga
Genji Kawai Genji Kawai ... Murayama Senzo
Junichi Tatsu Junichi Tatsu ... Miyoshi Bungo
Kazuhide Haruta Kazuhide Haruta ... Michiomi Nakano
Kinji Takinami Kinji Takinami
Rikiya Yasuoka ... Takehara
Seiya Satô Seiya Satô ... (as Joya Sato)
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Storyline

Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So. Mr Soh has been acting as a secret agent in Manchuria during the Japanese occupation. He is first seen spying on a meeting of Chinese soldiers as they plan a surprise ambush on the retreating Japanese Army. He is discovered and has to fight his way out, using fists, feet and then a machine gun. He rushes to inform the Japanese commanders of the plot, but is horrified to learn that Japan has done the unthinkable by surrendering unconditionally. Soh returns to his homeland to find a ravaged land of beaten people. Victimised by gangsters, occupation forces and corrupt local officials, the poor and the disenfranchised have lost the will to fight back. Using his "Shao Lin" skills (subtitle translation of Shorinji Kempo), he regularly champions the weak and teaches the black market thugs the error of their ways, becoming a regular guest at the local prison. He is seen... Written by David Noble

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The First Film That Features "SHOALIN" The Purest and Highest Form of Martial Arts

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killing Machine See more »

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Toei Company, Toei Tokyo See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The promotional trailer on the DVD release shows a missing scene, where Otaki is involved in a one-to-one fight with Soh just before he breaks down and tells him his wife is dead. See more »

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Edited into Martial Arts Mayhem Vol. 3 (2007) See more »

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Japanese Nationalism and Samurai values in this Post WWII movie.
6 March 2004 | by aggie80See all my reviews

One of the nice things is that this movie opens with some introduction to the history of martial arts in China. The movie is put together well and is far from the typical kung fu movie, much closer to the standard samurai flick. There are a wide number of fight scenes in many different locations. This has a bit more of a political message buried in it then most, but lots of things in it that don't make a lot of sense. But the bottom line is that there is an underlying theme of the Samurai to it.

Interesting thing to note is that the American Flag that is prominently shown in one place as being of the American conquerors shows 50 stars instead of the 48 that would have flown there after WWII. Not too much of the ugly foreigners in it, but strong Japanese nationalism.

I'll watch this again, particularly for the action scenes.


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