Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler
Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler is a 1972 film, a sequel to Wandering Ginza Butterfly. The movie was directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, co-written with Isao Matsumoto and stars Meiko Kaji and Junzaburo Ban. Seeking revenge for the death of her father, Nami is now on the hunt for Hoshiden. After arriving in Tokyo, Nami once again becomes a hostess at a Ginza club, while searching every alley and gambling spot for Hoshiden, with the help of Ryuji. Meiko Kaji Junzaburo Ban Tamayo Mitsukawa Shingo Yamashiro Yukie Kagawa Sonny Chiba Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler on IMDb
Sister Street Fighter
Sister Street Fighter is a spin-off of The Street Fighter. The plot revolves around the female martial artist of the title; when her brother Lǐ Wàn-Qīng is kidnapped by drug lords, she seeks revenge. The drug lord's colorful collection of "killers" includes a toga-clad group of Thai Boxers called the "Amazons Seven", along with representatives of every martial art. Hóng-Lóng breaks into the drug lord's compound with the help of Seiichi Hibiki and other members of the Shorinji Kempo dojo. After all of his minions are defeated, the drug lord himself battles Hóng-Lóng, wearing a steel claw in imitation of Han, the villain from Enter the Dragon; this was the first in a trilogy of films. It was followed by Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread and The Return of the Sister Street Fighter; when Lee Long, a shorinji kempo champion and Hong Kong drug agent, goes missing during an investigation into the activities of a dummy corporation called Central Export, his sister, Tina, is called in to continue the investigation in his place.
On her way to Club Mandarin, she visits her uncle, who operates a restaurant, her cousins Jerry and Remi. At Club Mandarin, she receives a red rose, the signal to look for Lee's partner in the investigation, Fanny Singer; when assassins for Central Export abduct Fanny, Tina takes them on singlehandedly, but they manage to capture Fanny and load her in their car, hijacked by shorinji kempo student Sonny Hibachi, who proceeds to transport her to the ballet studio operated by his girlfriend, Shinobu Kojo. Furious at his minions for failing him, Ryozo Hayashi hires a mercenary, Hammerhead, to spy on the shorinji kempo school, led by Tetsudo Fujita; when Tina stops by, she's formally introduced to another student, Emmy Kawasaki. After Sonny assures Tina that Fanny's all right, she hurries over to Kojo's ballet studio to question Fanny. After Fanny reveals that Lee was captured, she gives Tina a necklace before spasming from a lack of exposure to heroin, which she had been forcefully addicted to, as Hammerhead's minions attack the ballet studio.
Tina and Kojo ward them off, but Fanny is killed in a sneak attack using a poison dart. Some time Emmy swears the shorinji kempo school's allegiance to Tina in her investigation as she stumbles across another piece of evidence in the form of a lock of hair. Central Export's leader, offers Hammerhead a great reward if he disposes of Tina. After Tina clears out several minions, she encounters Hammerhead, they fight on a bridge. Hammerhead reveals the truth to Tina, that Lee is still alive and captive in Kaki's dungeon, before sending her off the bridge into an apparent watery grave. Emmy helps Tina destroy a warehouse owned by Central Export. Though Kaki is furious at Hammerhead, he allows him and his minions to directly attack the shorinji kempo school with the hope that the attack will lead to Tina's demise in the process. Sonny wards off the ambush in a one-on-one duel against Hammerhead himself and when Hammerhead subsequently sinks into a depression and starts to drink himself to death, a frustrated Kaki is forced to use her uncle against her by forcing him to divulge a false lead.
Kaki believes Tina will be killed by his minions. She returns to her uncle's restaurant with Emmy just as he's killed by a poison dart in front of Jerry and Remi. Tina returns to Central Export and enters the dungeon, where she extracts Lee right before a sinister minister wielding an arrow gun offs him before her eyes. Tina herself is dropped into a pit and nearly killed when Kaki ties her by her feet above a bed of spikes, but as he burns the rope she breaks free and throws his mistress onto the bed of spikes, she proceeds to take down several more minions before confronting Hayashi and killing him by twisting his neck. Sonny and Kojo arrive as backup and kill many of the remaining minions, including Hammerhead. Tina kills him with his own claw hand. Similar to its predecessors, Sister Street Fighter was rated X when first presented to the MPAA. New Line cut 6 minutes of graphic footage, removing all shots with considerable amounts of blood and gore. Additionally, Etsuko Shihomi was deliberately credited with the more Western name of Sue Shiomi.
Brentwood Communications, who had released a public domain DVD of this censored version released the uncut version on DVD and Blu-ray, in Japanese with English subtitles. NOTE: English-translated names, if given or known, will be in parentheses. Etsuko Shihomi - Lǐ Hónglóng Emi Hayakawa - Emi Hayakawa Sanae Ōhori - Shinobu Kojō Xiè Xiùróng - Fanshin Hiroshi Kondō - Lǐ Yùtáng Tatsuya Nanjō - Jirō Nami Tachibana - Reiko Hiroshi Miyauchi - Lǐ Wànqīng Bin Amatsu - Shigetomi Kakuzaki Shōhei Yamamoto - Ryōzō Hayashi Seiya Satō - Murakami Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama - Kurokawa Tatsuya Kameyama - Shimura Teruo Shimizu - Hamano Masashi Ishibashi - Kazunao Inubashiri Kengo Miyaji - Kizaki Shinichi Chiba The film is well received. Fans cite the variety of battle. Detractors state there is flat acting and over-reliance on wire special effect during the final battle. Sonny Chiba's "Tsurugi" character
Shinichi Chiba known as Sonny Chiba, is a Japanese actor, film producer, film director, martial artist. Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills in martial arts in Japan and before an international audience. Born Sadaho Maeda in Fukuoka, Japan, he was the third of five children in the family of a military test pilot; when he was four years old, his father was transferred to Kisarazu and the family moved to Kimitsu, Chiba. After Chiba went to junior high school in Kimitsu, the physical education teacher advised him to do artistic gymnastics, he was passionate about track and field sports and volleyball. He participated in those four sports championships of Chiba Prefecture. In high school, Chiba dedicated himself to artistic gymnastics and won the National Sports Festival of Japan while in his third year, he enjoyed watching Western movies like High Noon. Chiba went to the Nippon Sport Science University in 1957, he was a serious candidate for a place in the Japanese Olympic team in his late teens until he was sidelined by a back injury.
While he was a university student, he began studying martial arts with the renowned Kyokushin Karate master Masutatsu "Mas" Oyama, which led to a first-degree black belt on October 15, 1965 receiving a fourth-degree on January 20, 1984. Sometime around 1960, he was discovered in a talent search by the Toei film studio, he began his screen career soon after; the CEO of Toei at the time bestowed him with the stage name "Shinichi Chiba." His acting career began on television, starring in two tokusatsu superhero shows, first replacing Susumu Wajima as the main character Kōtarō Ran/ Seven Color Mask in Seven Color Mask in the second half of the series starred as Gorō Narumi/Messenger of Allah in Messenger of Allah. His movie debut and first starring movie role was the 1961 science fiction movie Invasion of the Neptune Men; that year, Chiba appeared in the first Kinji Fukasaku film, Wandering Detective: Tragedy in Red Valley which marked the beginning of a long series of collaborations for the two.
Over the next decade, he was cast in crime thrillers. By 1970, Chiba had started his own training school for aspiring martial arts film actors and stunt performers known as J. A. C, he starred in the Karate Kiba, after appearing on the Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima in 1973. Karate Kiba was the first movie for him about martial arts. Chiba's breakthrough international hit was The Street Fighter, brought to Western audiences by New Line Cinema; the film and its sequels established him as the reigning Japanese martial arts actor in international cinema for the next two decades. It was New Line Cinema founder Robert Shaye who gave Chiba the English name "Sonny", which Chiba would adopt as his own from that point on, his subsequent projects included such pictures as The Bullet Train, Karate Warriors, Doberman Cop, Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon and The Assassin. He occasionally returned to the science fiction genre, in movies such as Message from Space, he began to star on some jidaigeki such as Shogun's Samurai, The Fall of Ako Castle, G.
I. Samurai, Shadow Warriors, Samurai Reincarnation, he was not only actor but stunt coordinator at G. I. Samurai, Burning Brave, Shogun's Shadow and executive producer, film director at Yellow Fangs. Chiba was busier in the 1980s, doing dozens of movies as well as making forays into television, with roles in such high-profile adventures as the popular Hong Kong comic-based movie: The Storm Riders, starring alongside Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok, his fame in Japan remained unabated into the 1990s. In his fifties, the actor resumed working as a choreographer of martial arts sequences. At the dawn of the 21st century, Chiba was as busy as in feature films and starring in his own series in Japan. Roles in Takashi Miike's Deadly Outlaw: Rekka and his work with directors Kenta and Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale II bridged the gap between modern day and yesteryear cinematic cult legends. Chiba's enduring onscreen career received a tribute when he appeared in a key role as Hattori Hanzo, the owner of a sushi restaurant and retired samurai sword craftsman, in director Quentin Tarantino's bloody revenge epic Kill Bill in 2003.
Chiba has starred in more than 125 films for Toei Studios and has won numerous awards in Japan for his acting. In November 2007, he announced the retirement of the stage name Shinichi Chiba and will now be known as J. J. Sonny Chiba as an actor and Rindō Wachinaga as a film director. Chiba established the Japan Action Club, now Japan Action Enterprise to develop and raise the level of martial arts techniques and sequences used in Japanese film and television. Chiba divorced his first wife, actress Yōko Nogiwa, with whom he has a daughter, Juri Manase, an actress, he has two sons from his second marriage to Tamami Chiba: child actor Mackenyu Arata, born on November 16, 1996, Gordon, born in 1998. He lives in Yokohama, Japan, his younger brother, Jirō Yabuki, was an actor. Christian Slater's character Clarence Worley in True Romance is a fan of Chiba. In a pivotal early scene he watches a Sonny Chiba triple feature; the writer of True Rom
Champion of Death
Champion Of Death known as Karate Bullfighter, is a Japanese martial arts film made by the Toei Company in 1975. It was the first in a trilogy of films based on the manga Karate Baka Ichidai, a manga based on Masutatsu Oyama's life by Ikki Kajiwara, Jiro Tsunoda and Jōya Kagemaru. Sonny Chiba stars as his former master Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin karate. Chiba would reprise this role in two more films Karate Bearfighter, Karate for Life. Korean descent Japanese karate master who tries to prove that his karate is better than the modern "dance" karate. Based on Mas Oyama portrayed by actor Sonny Chiba. Sonny Chiba as Mas Oyama Yumi Takigawa as Chiako Mikio Narita as Nakasone Katsumasa Uchida Jiro Chiba as Shogo Ariake Japanese Movie Database Kenka karate kyokushinken on IMDb Kenka karate kyokushinken at AllMovie
Masutatsu Ōyama, more known as Mas Oyama, was a karate master who founded Kyokushin Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. A Zainichi Korean, he spent most of his life living in Japan and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1968. Mas Oyama was born as Choi Young-Eui in Korea under Japanese rule. At a young age he was sent to Northeast China to live on his sister's farm. Oyama began studying Chinese martial arts at age 9 from a Chinese farmer, working on the farm, his family name was Lee and Oyama said he was his first teacher. The story of the young Oyama's life is written in his earlier books. In March 1938, Oyama left for Japan following his brother who enrolled in the Yamanashi Aviation School Imperial Japanese Army aviation school. Sometime during his time in Japan, Choi Young-Eui chose his Japanese name, Oyama Masutatsu, a transliteration of Baedal. Baedal was an ancient Korean kingdom known in Japan during Oyama's time as "Ancient Joseon". One story of Oyama's youth involves Lee giving young Oyama a seed.
As the seed grew and became a plant, Oyama said, "I was able to jump between walls back and forth easily." The writer, Ikki Kajiwara, the publisher of the comics based the story on the life experience Oyama spoke to them about – thus the title became "Karate Baka Ichidai". In 1963, Oyama wrote What is Karate which became a best seller in the US and sold million copies all over the world, it is still considered by many to be the "Bible" of Karate to this day. It was translated into Hungarian and English. In 1945 after the war ended, Oyama left the aviation school, he found a place to live in Tokyo. This is. In 1946, Oyama enrolled in Waseda University School of Education to study sports science. Wanting the best in instruction, he contacted the Shotokan dojo operated by Gigō Funakoshi, the second son of karate master and Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi, he became a student, began his lifelong career in Karate. Feeling like a foreigner in a strange land, he remained trained in solitude. Oyama attended Takushoku University in Tokyo and was accepted as a student at the dojo of Gichin Funakoshi.
He trained with Funakoshi for two years studied Gōjū-ryū karate for several years with So Nei Chu, a senior student of the system's founder, Chojun Miyagi. So was a fellow Korean from Oyama's native province. Around the time he went around Tokyo getting in fights with the U. S. Military Police, he reminisced those times in a television interview, "Itsumitemo Haran Banjyo", "I lost many friends during the war- the morning of their departure as Kamikaze pilots, we had breakfast together and in the evening their seats were empty. After the war ended, I was angry- so I fought as many U. S. military as I could, until my portrait was all over the police station." Oyama retreated to a lone mountain for solace to train his body. He set out to spend three years on Mt. Minobu in Japan. Oyama built a shack on the side of the mountain. One of his students named Yashiro accompanied him, but after the rigors of this isolated training, with no modern conveniences, the student snuck away one night, left Oyama alone.
With only monthly visits from a friend in the town of Tateyama in Chiba Prefecture, the loneliness and harsh training became grueling. Oyama remained on the mountain for fourteen months, returned to Tokyo a much stronger and fiercer Karateka. Oyama gave great credit to reading The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, a famous Japanese swordsman, to change his life completely, he recounts this book as being his only reading material during his mountain training years. He was forced to leave his mountain retreat. Months after he had won the Karate Section of Japanese National Martial Arts Championships, he was distraught that he had not reached his original goal to train in the mountains for three years, so he went into solitude again, this time on Mt. Kiyosumi in Chiba Prefecture, Japan and he trained there for 18 months. In 1953 Oyama opened his own karate dojo, named Oyama Dojo, in Tokyo but continued to travel around Japan and the world giving martial arts demonstrations, which included knocking live bulls unconscious with his bare hands.
His dojo was first located outside in an empty lot but moved into a ballet school in 1956. The senior instructors under him were T. Nakamura, K. Mizushima, E. Yasuda, M. Ishibashi, T. Minamimoto. Oyama's own curriculum soon developed a reputation as a tough, hard-hitting but practical style, named Kyokushinkai, which means'the ultimate truth,' in a ceremony in 1957, he developed a reputation for being'rough' with his students, as the training sessions were grueling and students injuring themselves in practice fighting was quite common. Along with practice fighting that distinguished Oyama's teaching style from other karate schools, emphasis on breaking objects such as boards, tiles, or bricks to measure one's offensive ability became Kyokushin's trademark. Oyama believed in the practical application of karate and declared that ignoring'breaking practice is no more useful than a fruit tree that bears no fruit.' As the reputation of the dojo grew students were attracted to come to tr
Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread
Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread is a Japanese martial arts directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi and starred by Etsuko Shihomi. The film is a sequel to Sister Street Fighter, it was followed by a final sequel entitled The Return of the Sister Street Fighter. Etsuko Shihomi - Lǐ Hónglóng Yasuaki Kurata - Shunsuke Tsubaki Tamayo Mitsukawa - Li Bailan Michiyo Bandō - Kotoe Fujita Hisayo Tanaka - Wang Meili Hideo Murota - Kazushige Osone Kōji Fujiyama - Goro Kuroki Kōji Hio - Kiyoshi Nezu Masashi Ishibashi - Inoichiro Honiden Kazuyuki Saito - Shikajiro Honiden Daikyo Rin - Chozaburo Honiden Riki Harada - Cui Chiniu Kanya Tsukasa - Byakko Osamu Kaneda - Konosuke Mayuzumi Rikiya Yasuoka - Genjuro Ranai Jim McLennan from the website "Girls with Guns" gave the film two and a half stars out of four, criticizing its lack of originality: "...if you watch this back to back with the original, it’s going to seem like a mockbuster rather than a sequel, albeit made by much the same people. One semi-significant difference is that replacing Sonny Chiba, you have Kurata, playing a martial-arts master who joins the Osone gang with his own agenda.
The opponents for our heroine are still the same selection of fighters with different talents, each introduced with a caption describing their origin. But these seem more restrained than first time round, outside of the transsexual killer with her lethal fingernails." Don Anelli writing for the "Asian Movie Pulse" stated: "While on the surface providing pretty much what’s needed in terms of fine martial arts battles and a simplistic story to set that up, ‘Sister Street Fighter 2’ comes off as a lower version of the original in most regards. As it’s still worthwhile and watchable, give this a chance if you’re a fan of the first one or a general film of these kinds of films from that era, while viewers who aren’t into martial arts efforts or weren’t fans of the original should heed caution." Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread on IMDb
Wandering Ginza Butterfly
Wandering Ginza Butterfly is a 1972 Japanese gangster film directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, co-written with Isao Matsumoto. The movie stars Tsunehiko Watase; the movie was followed with a 1972 sequel entitled Gincho Nagaremono: Mesuneko Bakuchi. Nami, a Bōsōzoku leader, kills a high-ranking member of a yakuza organization, due to a turf war and is sent to prison. After serving three years, she finds a home living with her uncle at a pool hall. After meeting a pimp named Ryuji, she acquires a job as a hostess in Ginza, where she soon becomes popular. However, her criminal past is not left behind. Further complicating matters is a local yakuza named Owada, who attempts to take control of the bar and kills Ryuji's sworn brother. Defending her uncle's business and seeking revenge, Nami goes after Owada. Meiko Kaji Tsunehiko Watase Akiko Koyama Koji Nanbara Tatsuo Umemiya Wandering Ginza Butterfly on IMDb