The Bodyguard

untitled7The Bodyguard (aka Karate Kiba) is a 1976 Martial Arts/Action/Crime thriller directed by Ryuichi Takamori and Simon Nuchterm staring Shin’ichi (Sonny) Chiba, Jiro Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi and Aaron Banks, and tells the tale of a karate master and anti-drug vigilante who returns to his home in Japan, where he announces his intention to wipe out the nation’s drug industry and offers protection for those who inform on the drug-traffickers. Interestingly, Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” movie paid homage to this film when Samuel L. Jackson’s character quoted Ezekiel 25:17 from the bible, as did Chiba’s character in this film (with minor edits, of course)!

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Martial Arts books and Posters of Sonny Chiba
Available from amazon.com. Click on link.
The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970’s
by Dr. Craig D. Reid

On the Warrior’s Path, 2nd Edition: Philosophy, Fighting and Martial Arts Mythology
by Daniele Bolelli

Mythologies of Martial Arts (Martial Arts Studies)
by Paul Bowman

Sonny Chiba movie posters