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Shôrinji kenpô (1975)

Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So. Mr Soh has been acting as a secret agent in Manchuria during the... See full summary »

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Norifumi Suzuki (as Noribumi Suzuki)

Writer:

Isao Matsumoto
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Doshin So (as Sonny Chiba)
Yutaka Nakajima Yutaka Nakajima ... Kiku Sakamoto
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Kentaro Otaki
Naoya Makoto Naoya Makoto ... Hiroshi Tomoda
Sanae Kitabayashi Sanae Kitabayashi ... Kino Nakano
Akiko Mori Akiko Mori ... Masako
Akira Ôizumi Akira Ôizumi
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu ... Sakai Osa
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Kaga
Genji Kawai Genji Kawai ... Murayama Senzo
Junichi Tatsu Junichi Tatsu ... Miyoshi Bungo
Kazuhide Haruta Kazuhide Haruta ... Michiomi Nakano
Kinji Takinami Kinji Takinami
Rikiya Yasuoka ... Takehara
Seiya Satô Seiya Satô ... (as Joya Sato)
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Storyline

Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So. Mr Soh has been acting as a secret agent in Manchuria during the Japanese occupation. He is first seen spying on a meeting of Chinese soldiers as they plan a surprise ambush on the retreating Japanese Army. He is discovered and has to fight his way out, using fists, feet and then a machine gun. He rushes to inform the Japanese commanders of the plot, but is horrified to learn that Japan has done the unthinkable by surrendering unconditionally. Soh returns to his homeland to find a ravaged land of beaten people. Victimised by gangsters, occupation forces and corrupt local officials, the poor and the disenfranchised have lost the will to fight back. Using his "Shao Lin" skills (subtitle translation of Shorinji Kempo), he regularly champions the weak and teaches the black market thugs the error of their ways, becoming a regular guest at the local prison. He is seen... Written by David Noble

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The First Film That Features "SHOALIN" The Purest and Highest Form of Martial Arts

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killing Machine See more »

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Toei Company,Toei Tokyo See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The character Tomoda, who loses an arm, is a work of fiction, not related to the true-life one-armed practitioner who can be seen on historic clips of Shorinji Kempo. See more »

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Followed by Shorinji Kempo: Musashi Hong Kong ni arawaru (1976) See more »

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classic Chiba!!
8 March 2007 | by wandering-starSee all my reviews

"The Killing Machine" undoubtedly did not make the short list for foreign films up for Oscars in 1975, but for Chiba fans, this is pure gold.

It's 1945, and Chiba is a spy in the Japanese Imperial Army, one of the many "disillusioned" young men after Japan's unconditional surrender. The story takes him from the poor streets of post-war Japan, taking care of homeless kids, to founding a karate school which provides a bulwark of purity against corrupt drug traffickers.

The campy hokeyness is best exemplified in the first scene, when Chiba is spying on Chinese commanders in a nondescript house at the front. He is discovered, fights his way out, and in the split second change in scene, stumbles into a Japanese office, like it was located in the very next room (hey, do you think the two sets were side by side????).

But this film contains some great fight scenes. Back kicks, devastating punches, spurting limbs, and genitalia severed with scissors and fed to the local stray dogs abounds. In my fav scene which really exemplifies Chiba's style, he lays waste to an opponent by bending his arm back and breaking it, and it flops backwards at a grotesque angle. Then, as though this wasn't enough, he takes the time to turn the guy over and break his other arm! Classic!!! who can argue with this type of genius!!

Definitely, definitely see this, if possible with some beers and a bunch of friends with the same taste in campy 1970's martial arts films.


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