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.
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Saigo no tokkôtai / The Last Kamikaze (1970) Jun’ya Satô, Kôji Tsuruta, Ken Takakura, Shin’ichi Chiba, Drama, War
Ah, yokaren / The Young Eagles of the Kamikaze (1968) Shinji Murayama, Yukiko Anjô, Junzaburô Ban, Shin’ichi Chiba, Drama, War
Â dôki no sakura / Diaries of the Kamikaze (1967) Sadao Nakajima, Hiroki Matsukata, Shin’ichi Chiba, Isao Natsuyagi, War
Sengoku jieitai / G.I. Samurai (1979) Kôsei Saitô, Shin’ichi Chiba, Jun Etô, Moeko Ezawa, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Dasso yugi / Jail Breakers (1976) Kôsaku Yamashita, Shin’ichi Chiba, Haruko Wanibuchi, Eitarô Ozawa, Action, Crime
The film is packed with nice stunts throughout, but the screenplay could be better. After escaping the prison Chiba teams up with a bunch of thugs, who design prison escapes for money. Unfortunately trust and loyalty are unknown concepts to these men who take turns deceiving each other. The endless “who’s-cheating-who” game has been done better in other films, and sometimes the writing is downright sloppy: when a carefully planned escape operation fails, Chiba simply steals a fire engine and drives away without anyone noticing! It also feels that director Kosaku Yamashita, who made his name with yakuza films, was a bit out of his element here. However, even with these weaknesses it’s an entertaining action comedy which compares favourably against some of the later, similar Yasaku Matsuda films like Execution Game (1978) and No Grave for Us (1979). The focus is on stunts and comedy.
Kimitachi ga ite boku ga ita / Here Because of You (1964) Ryuichi Takamori, Ushio Akashi, Shigeko Arai, Shin’ichi Chiba, Drama
An uplifting drama about the bond between a group of high school seniors and their kind-hearted teacher, Mr. Yabuki. Faced with the rigors of growing up in modern times, students often look to Mr. Yabuki for advice and guidance. But when Mr. Yabuki’s career is threatened as a result of a false accusation from the school’s PTA, the students band together to stand up for their beloved teacher and help him to save his good reputation and job.
Nippon dorobô monogatari / Tale of Japanese Burglars (1965) Satsuo Yamamoto, Rentarô Mikuni, Yûnosuke Itô, Shin’ichi Chiba, Shinjirô Ehara, Drama
Hayashida Gisuke is illegal dentist during the day and a burglar by night. One night during the burglary he becomes a witness of derailment. Later some commies were found guilty in this incident, but he know it wasn’t they. He can save innocent people but for that he must confess his own crime.
This trilogy is comprised of Karate Bullfighter, Karate Bear Fighter, and Karate For Life, each one focusing on a different part of the life of Matsutatsu Oyama, a great practitioner and teacher of Kyokushin Karate. He’s played here by Sonny Chiba, himself a student of Oyama’s. Each of the films in question are worth a look, and this set offers a great deal for anyone who is interested in the particular charms of Japanese martial arts films.