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Shôrinji kenpô (1975)

R | | Action, Drama | February 1976 (USA)
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

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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Action | Drama

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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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Sonny Chiba as Doshin So
27 June 2000 | by cjrock1See all my reviews

Sonny Chiba as Doshin So,Originator of Shorinji Kempo. This was Chiba's first of two portrayals of a real life martial arts masters ( His portrayal of his Sensei Mas Oyama in "The Champion of Death" being his second). Incredible fight scene choreography featuring authentic shorinji kenpo techniques, though of course it wouldn't be a Sonny Chiba film without his removal of body parts of several opponents. The plot involves life in postwar Japan in which Doshin So comes to the aid of numerous war orphans as well as a young girl who is forced to become a prostitute to survive. The film also features Sue "Sister Streetfighter" Shiomi, a mainstay in many Chiba Films as well as a talented martial artist herself. Sonny Chiba shows much love and respect for the history of his chosen arts as well as his former Senseis (he has a black belt in shorinji kempo as well as Mas Oyamas kyokushikai karate). I rank this film as #3 in Chiba's top 5 films, a must see for Chiba fans and martial arts enthusiasts alike.


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