Browsing the archives for the Martial Arts tag

The Bodyguard (1973 / 1976)

Country: Japan Starring: Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, Aaron Banks, Judy Lee, Bill Louie Director: Tatsuichi Takamori (1973) Director: Simon Nuchtern (1976) Cinematographer: Joel Shapiro Music: Maurice Sarli Producer: Susumu Yoshikawa (1973) Producer: Terry Levene (1976) AKA: Chiba The Bodyguard, Viva Chiba Original Title: Karate Kiba Sometimes in this day and age it is easy to […]

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The Killing Machine (1975)

Country: Japan Starring: Sonny Chiba, Yutaka Nakajima, Makoto Sato, Naoya Makoto, Sanae Kitabayashi, Akiko Mori, Hosei Komatsu, Tetsuro Tanba Director: Norifumi Suzuki Writer: Isao Matsumoto Cinematographer: Yoshio Nakajima Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi Original Title: Shôrinji kenpô Minor warning. This review contains adult themes. As a teenager at school, out in the yard, talk would often drift […]

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The Spy Next Door (2010)

Country: United States Director: Brian Levant Starring: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley, Alina Foley, Magnús Scheving, Billy Ray Cyrus Music: David Newman I blame Arnold Schwarzenegger and the film Kindergarten Cop for all the ‘tough-guys with kids’ films. Since then we’ve had Vin Diesel as The Pacifier, The Rock as The Tooth […]

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The Man From Nowhere (2010)

Country: South Korea Director: Jeong-beom Lee Starring: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim, Seong-oh Kim, Jong-pil Lee Writer: Jeong-beom Lee Music: Hyun-jung Shim There’s a tough little sub genre of spy films, I like to call the ‘messed with the wrong guy’ spy film. It usually features a band of villains picking on […]

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The Executioner II: Karate Inferno (1974)

Country: Japan Director: Teruo Ishii Starring: Sonny Chiba, Eiji Gô, Yutaka Nakajima, Etsuko Shihomi, Kanjûrô Arashi, Ryô Ikebe, Tetsurô Tanba, Makoto Satô Music: Hajime Kaburagi Original Title: Chokugeki jigoku-ken: Dai-gyakuten The Executioner II: Karate Inferno is a broad comedic caper film, with a pinch of extreme violence added at the end (which may be somewhat […]

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Sonny Chiba’s Dragon Princess (1976)

Country: Japan Director: Yutaka Kohira Starring: Etsuko Shihomi, Sonny Chiba, Yasuaki Kurata, Masashi Ishibashi, Jirô Chiba, Bin Amatsu Original Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi AKA: Which is Stronger, Karate or Tiger? Original Title: Hissatsu onna kenshi In some parts of the world, this film was known as Sonny Chiba’s Dragon Princess, which would imply that this is […]

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The Bod Squad (1974)

Country: Hong Kong / Germany Director: Ernst Hofbauer, Chih-Hung Kuei Starring: Hua Yueh, Hui-Ling Liu, Sonja Jeannine, Diane Drube, Gillian Bray, Tamara Elliot, Deborah Ralls, Hsieh Wang Music: Fu-ling Wang Original Title: Yang chi AKA: Enter the Seven Virgins, Virgins of the Seven Seas, Karate, Küsse, blonde Katzen Do you like Shaw Brothers swordplay movies? […]

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American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

Country: United States Director: Sam Firstenberg Starring: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Michelle Botes, Larry Poindexter, Gary Conway, Jeff Celentano, Jonathan Pienaar, Bill Curry, Dennis Folbigge, Ralph Draper Music: Michael Bishop & George S. Clinton American Ninja 2 is a huge improvement over the first film in the series. It is fast, furious and funny. Yes, […]

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Out for Justice (1991)

Country: United States Director: John Flynn Starring: Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Jo Champa Music: David Michael Frank Even as somewhat of a fan, it is hard to explain the rise of Steven Seagal as an action hero. Let’s face it the guy could never act – something that is verified over his long […]

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Out of Reach (2004)

Country: United States / Poland Director: Po-Chih Leong Starring: Steven Seagal, Ida Nowakowska, Agnieszka Wagner, Matt Schulze, Krzysztof Pieczynski, Nick Brimble Music: Alex Heffes Posted on Permission To Kill over the last few days, you will find quite a few reviews for (spy) films starring Steven Seagal. All of them are light years away from […]

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