Karate Warriors

1976 [JAPANESE]

Action / Crime / Drama

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IMDb Rating 6.8/10 10 363 363

Plot summary

Sakata protects a little boy while coping with rival gangs.



December 26, 2023 at 04:47 AM

Director

Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

Top cast

Shin'ichi Chiba as Shuhei Sakata
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816.57 MB
1280*536
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
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1.48 GB
1920*804
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds ...

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10

A prime piece of rousing Sonny Chiba martial arts trash

A tough rogue mercenary (the almighty Sonny Chiba) arrives in a town where two rival gangs are engaged in a harsh turf war over who's got exclusive dibs on an expensive stash of heroin. Chiba pits both gangs against each other for his own personal gain. Director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi maintains a fast, unflagging pace throughout, stages the copious fight scenes with excitingly bloody'n'brutal gusto, and even sprinkles a generous amount of gratuitous female nudity. The snazzy cinematography makes inspired use of split screen, freeze frames, and strikingly stylized strenuous slow motion. Moreover, the use of a shaky hand-held camera during the savage fight scenes adds an extra thrilling raw energy to the already lively proceedings. The groovy fuzztone guitar-burning score likewise hits the funky spot. With his hard-boiled charisma and surly screen presence, Chiba makes for a perfect blithely amoral and cynical anti-hero. He gets to show a more soft and sensitive side when his character befriends a little boy; this surprisingly touching subplot has an especially sweet and moving payoff. Of course, Chiba truly shines with his ever vicious and unbridled displays of poke-your-eyes-out nasty and ferocious martial arts. A solid and satisfying chopsocky outing that's well worth checking out.

Reviewed by Nate-9 8 / 10

one of Chiba's best

Out of the 8 or so Sonny Chiba movies I've seen this ranks 2nd only to The Streetfighter. Amazing action, awesome slow motion editing (that speeds up on impact at times), and drama too. Sonny gives one of his best performances.

Reviewed by AwesomeWolf 7 / 10

Revenge of the man with no name

Version: English dub

Like nearly every other martial-arts movie made in the 70s, and presented on a $10 "Master's of Martial Arts" DVD, it is nearly impossible to watch 'Karate Warriors' and actually understand what is happening. For example, in the first scene, you can nearly make out some yakuza trashing a pornography shop. I say nearly, but this movie is presented in the total opposite of widescreen, I like to call it "super-compressed screen". I blame this on both bad cinematography and a cheap DVD authoring job. Neither of which are factors when Sonny Chiba is involved.

Sonny Chiba arrives in a town where two gangs are fighting each other. After someone is hurt in the showdown in the porno-shop, Sonny Chiba takes him to a doctor. This doctor seems to know everything about both gangs, telling Sonny everything he needs to know about the evil-doers before this doctor disappears for the rest of the movie, which ends up Sonny v. every gang member in town v. a wandering samurai (I thought wandering, sword-carrying samurai had kinda disappeared before the 1970s, but I guess I was wrong), as Sonny takes on the two gangs by playing them against each other.

Think that sounds familiar? It should, as 'Karate Warriors' is another remake of Akira Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo'. It isn't as good as 'Yojimbo', or the Sergio Leone remake 'A Fistful of Dollars', but it is entertaining. Any plot is substituted for fights, fights, and more fights. For example, any scene that shows either someone in sunglasses or a group of at least 3 men, you can be assured that someone is going to be beaten up very shortly.

On the negative side, the camera is very shaky, which makes it hard to see if there is a fight on the screen or just a couple of guys playing one of those primary-school clapping games. When we finally get to see a clear fight, it is in slow-motion, then a speed-up when a strike connects, and back to slow-motion. And everyone thought 'the Matrix' was original.

'Karate Warriors' makes a good introductory lesson on Japanese movies from the 70s: Anyone wearing sunglasses and refuses to take them off is generally a bad guy, women are always secondary characters, nothing makes a better plot-device than a good old fashioned random brawl, an any apparent emotional ending is really a phony-ending just to tie up all loose ends before Sonny kills the remaining bad-guys in the real ending - 7/10

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