Our free filmfest starts off with the 1974 Kung Fu classic, Street Fighter starring Sonny Chiba. Stay tuned next week for the sequel, Return of the Street Fighter
Street Fighter (1974)
Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
Writers: Kôji Takada, Motohiro Torii
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Genre: Kung Fu
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Waichi Yamada, Tony Cetera, Yutaka Nakajima
Runtime: 91 min.
While most martial arts films focus mainly on showing the moves, strikes and blows of the combatants, they don't show the logical consequences of these battles in any detail. The Streetfighter does, and it won an "X" rating for violence when it was released to the U.S. in 1975. This cult film and its three sequels are thought to be particular favorites of American director Quentin Tarantino. Sonny Chiba stars as Terry, a mercenary hired by the Yakuza and Mafia to kidnap a wealthy heiress. The mobs refuse to pay his large fee for the job, and he immediately changes sides. Much of the violent and gory action takes place aboard an oil tanker; though injured, Terry still takes out at least half of his many opponents.
~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide