starring: Sonny Chiba (Shinichi Chiba) · Sue Shiomi (Etsuko Shiomi)
Mitsuru Sato · Yutaka Nakajima · Tony Cetera
Chiba is THE STREET FIGHTER
For most Americans, this film was their first encounter with Sinichi (Sonny)
Chiba. And what an encounter it was! Unlike the Hong Kong/Chinese martial
arts films from the same period (i.e., Bruce Lee and Shaw Bros projects),
STREETFIGHTER was ultraviolent. When Sonny Chiba got into a fight, somebody
was going to get seriously hurt. In fact, this movie was so violent, so
savage, so gory, that it was the first to receive an "X" rating
for "non-sexual reasons" by the MPAA.
Sonny Chiba is a nihilistic loner named Terry Surugi who makes money as
a mercenary, by selling his fighting skills to the highest bidder. Terry
isn't concerned with moralistic complications. If somebody pays him to
break a murderer out of jail, then that's what he's going to do. In this
film, Surugi is hired by a Yakuza boss to kidnap an old magnate's daughter.
Then, after the job is finished, the gangster refuses to pay up so revenge
is the only answer. The result is a bloody path of severed limbs, squashed
eyeballs and ripped out vocal cords.
film; special widescreen uncut version (92 min.) in DVD format, encoded
for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine; original US theatrical
print in English language.
Material/Gore : Viewer discretion is advised.