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Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread (1974)

Onna hissatsu ken: Kiki ippatsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 7 December 1974 (Japan)
This time Koryu heads to Yokohama in search of a woman named Birei, kidnapped by diamond smugglers who move their hot rocks by surgically implanting them into the nubile buttocks of Chinese... See full summary »


Kazuhiko Yamaguchi


Masahiro Kakefuda (screenplay), Norifumi Suzuki (screenplay) (as Noribumi Suzuki)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Etsuko Shihomi ... Li Hong-Long (Li Koryu)
Tamayo Mitsukawa Tamayo Mitsukawa ... Li Bai-Lan (Li Hakuran)
Michiyo Bandô Michiyo Bandô ... Kotoe Fujita
Hisako Tanaka Hisako Tanaka ... Wang Mei-Li (Oh Birei) (as Hisayo Tanaka)
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Kazushige Osone
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Goro Kuroki
Takashi Hio Takashi Hio ... Kiyoshi Nezu (as Kôji Hio)
Masashi Ishibashi Masashi Ishibashi ... Inoichiro Honiden
Kazuyuki Saito Kazuyuki Saito ... Shikajiro Honiden
Taiko Rin Taiko Rin ... Chozaburo Honiden (as Daikyo Rin)
Tsutomu Harada Tsutomu Harada ... Cui Chi-Niu (as Riki Harada)
Kanya Tsukasa Kanya Tsukasa ... Byakko
Osamu Kaneda Osamu Kaneda ... Konosuke Mayuzumi
Rikiya Yasuoka ... Genjuro Ranai
Shunsuke Kariya Shunsuke Kariya ... Hesius


This time Koryu heads to Yokohama in search of a woman named Birei, kidnapped by diamond smugglers who move their hot rocks by surgically implanting them into the nubile buttocks of Chinese prostitutes. Koryu's older sister, working as a jewelry designer, is secretly if unhappily involved with the gangsters.

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Action | Crime


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ONNA HISSATSU KEN series. #2 of 4 films. See more »


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Alternate Versions

For the 2019 Arrow UK Blu-Ray Sister Street Fighter Collection, a section filmed in one of the villains' lairs was optically re-framed to put out of shot a large wall photo of a rather young naked girl reclining on a settee. The photo was deemed to be indecent and in breach of the Protection of Children Act 1978. See more »


Follows Sister Street Fighter (1974) See more »

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Entertaining old-school martial arts
20 February 2008 | by dconnerSee all my reviews

I just stumbled across this movie on cable (under the title "Sister Street Fighter 2," and I believe the above review by Brian Camp relates to a different movie (or, perhaps, the movies are inconsistently titled in English, which often seems to happen in this genre.) I believe the Camp review relates to "3," as the movie I saw contained different plot elements and action settings, and the one review on "3" mentions the same "surgical removal of smuggled diamonds" bit, which does not appear in this film.

In this one, the plot concerns gold smugglers and a crime lord named Oh. Koryu travels from Hong Kong to Yokohama to take down the crime ring and save a little girl's mother (Oh's prisoner, mistress, and chemist, an interesting trifecta.) There's a lot of well-executed action, and Etsuko Shihomi has an appealing screen presence. It's especially well-photographed, and looks great in widescreen. The bad guys have a lot of over-the-top color, from a death match to determine which of a dozen or so strange martial artists from around the world (including one who I think is supposed to be a Zulu spearman) will have the right to kill Koryu (wouldn't it be easier to just send *all* of them after her?) But these movies have their own rules. The white-suited, one-handed, wheelchair-bound Oh is a lot of fun, and a rather transparent imitation of *Enter the Dragon*'s Han. You'll never guess the secret of Oh's fake left hand! Or of his wheelchair (though if you're an SCTV fan, you might be able to make a guess!)

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7 December 1974 (Japan) See more »

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