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The Street Fighter (JAPAN 1974)

aka Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken  

Director : Shigehiro Ozaw
Cast : Sonny Chiba, Waichi Yamada, Tony Cetera, Yutaka Nakajima, Teijo Shikeharo, King Stone and Masashi Ishibashi.

Synopsis
Terry is a tough, mercenary, master of martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Terry to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price, then try to kill him to conceal their secret plans, he promptly offers his services to protect her. Much ultra-violent martial-arts fighting action, as expected, ensues. This also includes a subplot of a family’s blood feud with Terry over a disputed debt.

Review
by Edward Tang

Ah, Sonny Chiba. Searching through his filmography, there are so many great flicks that are as entertaining as hell. As the main character in “Street Fighter”, he plays a badass named Terry. Chiba has been compared mostly to Bruce Lee, and even so, if Bruce hadn’t have died, there was a movie in the works that would have starred both men. Chiba’s style is much more harsh, which leads to such examples as ripping off genitals and the all so famous x-ray shot. The film is all so basic, typical story and the acting is mookishly average. Hell, watching the dubbed version back a few years was horrible, and I truly hated this film because I felt it was too corny. But after taking in the original cut, I could see where some of the love is coming from. The fighting scenes are more than enough to quench my thirst and lust for some kickass, throw down fricken violence.

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Shogun’s Shadow (JAPAN 1989)

aka (Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin – Gekitotsu)

Director : Yasuo Furuhata
Cast : Sonny Chiba, Ken Ogata, Hu Chien Chiang, Hiroki Matsukata and Hu Jianqiang. Written by Hiro Matsuda and Sadao Nakajima.

Synopsis
An order is given to the young shogun heir, Tachechiyo, to embark on a journey to Edo to participate in an initiation ritual that will mark his passage to manhood. Seven samurai, headed by master swordsman Igo Gyobu (Ken Ogata), are charged with the task of delivering him safely to his destitation. Along their journey, they must combat an advancing army under the command of Iba Shoemon (Sonny Chiba), a vassal of the Shogun. The seven samurai must fight to the death to get Tachechiyo to Edo.

Review
by Edward Tang

“Shogun’s Shadow” is a great thrill ride of a film that took me by surprise as a fast-paced flick that really doesn’t stop to smell the roses. Although Sonny Chiba takes top billing on the DVD box, you can’t really call it his film. The film belongs to the heroic deeds of Ken Ogata, a star in his own right, and just wasn’t as well seen as Chiba was with his Street Fighter series. Ogata with a multi-talented cast get us involved in this simple story, of a group of samurai trying to take a small boy to Edo, but are chased by ruthless assassins who want the young boy dead. The story isn’t all that impressive, and you’ve probably seen it before, but something about the characters made me really get into this film. For you “action fans”, there is a select amount of action here as well, some very good scenes and of course Sonny Chiba and Ken Ogata square off to a great fight in itself.

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Election (2 Disc Special Edition) (Panorama)

DVD Information
Distributor : Panaroma
Audio : DTS and DD 5.1
Discs : 2 (DVD9 & DVD5)
Languages : Cantonese, Mandarin
Format : NTSC
Subtitles : Chinese, English
Running Time : 99 mins (movie) / 71 mins (bonus)
Contents : 2 DVD, colored booklet
Screen Ratio : 2.35:1 (movie) / 4:3 (bonus)
Classification : III
Region : 0 / ALL
Others : -

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SPL : Sha Po Lang (HK 2005)

Director : Wilson Yip Wai Shun
Produced by : Carl Chang
Action Director : Donnie Yen
Screenplay : Szeto Kam Yuen, Ng Wai Lun
Cast : Donnie Yen (Inspector Ma Kwan), Simon Yam (Chan Kwok Chung). Sammo Hung (Wong Po)
Co-Starring : Liu Kai Chi, Danny Summer, Ken Chang, Austin Wai, Timmy Hung, Kenji Tangki
Special Introduction : Wu Jing (Jack)

Synopsis
A powerful crime lord who constantly eludes the law…a senior detective at the end of his career who will go to any lengths to catch him…and a deadly martial arts expert who is about to take the reins of the serious crime unit. Over the course of one special day – a time when family bonds are supposed to take precedence – a bloody confrontation will take place between the underworld and the police.

Review
by Gary Cheah

WARNING : Might contain some spoilers

It seems that all the hype about this crime-thriller flick was true. SPL is definitely one of the most anticipated film to come out from the ever great Hong Kong movie industry in recent years. This is the movie that will be remembered as the one that recapture the glory of HK’s action movies. So, what is this SPL? It stands for Sha, Po and Lang which derived from the names of three renegade stars in Chinese astrology which symbolize the three main characters (destruction, conflict or avarice).

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Dragon Tiger Gate (2 Disc DTS Regular Edition)

DVD Information
Distributor : Deltamac HK
Audio : DTS-ES 6.1, DD-EX 5.1, Dolby 2.0
Discs : 2 (DVD9)
Languages : Cantonese, Mandarin
Format : NTSC
Subtitles : Chinese, English
Running Time : 94 mins (movie) / 140 mins (bonus)
Contents : 2 DVD, 6 colored bookmark
Screen Ratio : 2.35:1 (movie) / 4:3 (bonus)
Classification : IIB
Region : 0 / ALL
Others : -

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