The Street Fighter

the-street-fighter“The Street Fighter,” again starring Sonny Chiba, is also another Martial Arts/Action thriller released in 1974 and directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Also staring Goichi Yamada, Yutaka Nakajima, Tony Cetera and Masafumi Suzuki, it tells the story of a tough mercenary, a master of martial arts who, when the Japanese Mafia and Yakuza try to hire him to kidnap the daughter of a billionaire for ransom but fail to meet his exorbitant price, try to kill him to conceal their plan. As any good martial arts hero of the era, he promptly offers his services to protect her. Chiba is at his best here and his moves in this movie help to define his film legacy.

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