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Release Date:
1 November 1974 (USA) See more »
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If you've got to fight...fight dirty!
Plot:
Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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THE MOVIE THAT GAVE MARTIAL ARTS FLICKS THEIR REPUTATION FOR GORE AND SADISM!!! A MUST-SEE! See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Takuma Tsurugi (Terry) (as Sonny Chiba)
Goichi Yamada ... Rakuda Zhang
Yutaka Nakajima ... Sarai Chuayut
Tony Cetera ... Abdul Jadot
Masafumi Suzuki ... Kendo Masaoka
Masashi Ishibashi ... Tateki Shikenbaru
Akira Shioji ... Liang Dong-Yi
Osman Yusuf ... Kingstone
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bin Amatsu ... Môrôkô
Tatsuo Endô ... Bayan

Seizô Fukumoto ... Mutaguchi's Thug B
Tsutomu Harada ... Wrestler
Jun'ichi Haruta
Masataka Iwao ... Mutaguchi's Thug A
Osamu Kaneda
Minken Karasawa ... Prison Warden
Ryûji Katagiri ... Hanada
Nobuo Kawai ... Tetsunosuke Tsuchida
Takuzô Kawatani ... Ôshima
Chiyoko Kazama ... Yang Ji-Chun
Ken Kazama ... Senkaku Kan
Satoshi Kurihara
Takashi Noguchi ... Yokoyama
Chico Roland ... Bondo
Shunji Sasaki
Etsuko Shihomi ... Nachi Shikenbaru
Kojiro Shirakawa ... Inspector Chen
Shiro Sumitomo ... Onaga
Fumio Watanabe ... Renzo Mutaguchi
Jirô Yabuki ... Gijun Shikenbaru (as Jirô Chiba)
Rin'ichi Yamamoto ... Kowloon Dinsau
Hitoshi Ômae ... Musukari

Directed by
Shigehiro Ozawa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Autrey  english version
Kôji Takada 
Motohiro Torii 

Original Music by
Toshiaki Tsushima 
 
Cinematography by
Kenji Tsukagoshi  (as Kenji Horikoshi)
 
Production Design by
Takatoshi Suzuki 
 
Other crew
T. Harada .... wrestling direction
Reggy Jones .... wrestling direction
Ken Kazama .... kick boxing direction
Jack Sholder .... title designer
Masafumi Suzuki .... military arts direction
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Clash! Killer Fist" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Japanese Streetfighter" - Australia (theatrical title)
"Kung Fu Streetfighter" - UK (alternative title)
"Sudden Attack: The Killing Fist" - (literal English title)
"The Street Fighter" -
"The Streetfighter" - International (English title)
"Уличный боец" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Autant en emporte mon nunchaku" - France
"Az utcai harcos" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Chiba ti-mal'la" - France (Creole title)
"Den sorte drage" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Der Wildeste von allen" - West Germany
"I kitrini tigris tou karate enantion tis Mafias" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Sokaklarin belalisi" - Turkey (Turkish title)
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Runtime:
Australia:91 min | UK:87 min (25 fps) | USA:75 min (R-rated version) | USA:91 min (unrated version)
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Color (Eastmancolor) | Black and White
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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) (uncut) (self-applied) | Australia:M (VHS rating) (heavily cut) (1997) | Australia:RC (original rating) (1976) | Australia:R18+ (re-rating) (cut) (1976) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | New Zealand:R13 (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #1216) (edited for re-rating after appeal) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (cut)
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Trivia:
Became public domain after rights failed to renew.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Yakuza attacks "Terry" in his apartment after learning who leads them, one of the Yakuza members drops to his knees before Terry gets to him so he can vault off his back to kick another Yakuza member.See more »
Quotes:
Terry's Father:Listen my son, TRUST NO ONE! You can count on no one but YOURSELF. Improve your skills, son, harden your body, become a NUMBER ONE MAN! Do not ever let ANYONE beat you!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in True Romance (1993)See more »

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
THE MOVIE THAT GAVE MARTIAL ARTS FLICKS THEIR REPUTATION FOR GORE AND SADISM!!! A MUST-SEE!, 13 March 2002
Author: EL BUNCHO from USA

Remember during the height of the martial arts movie boom (roughly 1973-1976) the reputation that chopsocky films had for being replete with misery, violence, gore and degradation of the human spirit? Well, most films in the genre didn't live up to the hype at all. THE STREETFIGHTER, however, set the standard for onscreen insanity, was originally rated X for violence, and has yet to be equalled (well...maybe THE STORY OF RIKI) for sheer, nasty entertainment value.

Sonny Chiba stars as Terry Tsurugi, an utterly amoral b**tard who is absolutely the last guy you would ever want to face in combat. Bruce Lee's characters had the common decency to simply kill you and move on, whereas Tsurugi would make his punishment of an opponent extremely personal, down to the point of tearing off pieces of their bodies. His fighting style is graceless but effective, and a lot easier for any of us who strove to match the grace of Bruce to appreciate. If you want to see ass-whuppin' administered with balletic grace and artistry, do not see this film. If you want to see a guy mercilessly whip truckloads of ass, then this is the movie for you!

In a nutshell: Terry tsurugi is a badass-for-hire who will take on any job if his price is met. Plotline #1 has Terry rescuing convicted karate murderer Junjo from his date with the hangman. When Terry relocates Junjo to Hong Kong so the Japanese police won't find him, Junjo's brother and sister show up and tell Terry that they can't afford to pay him the rest of the money they owe for their brother's escape. Tragedy results that will make Junjo Terry's bitterest enemy and will eventually see them in a final showdown where only one will survive.Plotline #2 sees Terry volunteering to bodyguard the heiress to an oil fortune who is being pressured by the Yakuza. Her uncle happens to be a Karate master who is the only man alive that Tsurugi respects, and by working for him, Terry makes an attempt at redeeming himself as a human being (well, sort of...). Terry tries to stay one step ahead of the Yakuza, and his efforts culminate in a literal bloodbath where he takes on about thirty goons and puts much foot to ass.

The two plotlines overlap wildly and the ass-whuppin' set-pieces are loads of violent fun. Chiba's intense performance is unlike any other character in the history of the genre. Mean, violent and downright reprehensible, THE STREETFIGHTER is a unique milestone in the martial arts movie genre. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

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