HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
First Man
Machete Maidens Unleashed!
Cannibal Club, The
Grasshopper, The
Searching
Human Desire
Climax
Stiff Upper Lips
American Animals
Outlaws
Venom
World on a Wire
Velvet Buzzsaw
Picnic
Dick Dickman, PI
Hunter Killer
30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, The
Race for the Yankee Zephyr
Boys in the Band, The
Brainscan
T-Men
Blame
Upgrade
Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, An
Fear No Evil
One Cut of the Dead
Rosa Luxemburg
Disobedience
On the Job
Monsters and Men
   
 
Newest Articles
He-Maniacs: Ridiculous 80s Action
All's Welles That Ends Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 1 on DVD
Shut It! The Sweeney Double Bill: Two Blu-rays from Network
Network Sitcom Movie Double Bill: Till Death Us Do Part and Man About the House on Blu-ray
No, THIS Must Be the Place: True Stories on Blu-ray
Alf Garnett's Life After Death: Till Death... and The Thoughts of Chairman Alf on DVD
Balance of Power: Harold Pinter at the BBC on DVD
Strange Days 2: The Second Science Fiction Weirdness Wave
Strange Days: When Science Fiction Went Weird
Ha Ha Haaargh: Interview With Camp Death III in 2D! Director Matt Frame
Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
A Name to Conjure With: David Nixon's Magic Box on DVD
Which 1950s Sci-Fi was Scariest? Invaders from Mars vs The Blob
The Empire Strikes Back: Khartoum vs Carry On Up the Khyber
Stan and Ollie's Final Folly: Atoll K on Blu-ray
   
 
  Return of the Street Fighter Just For KicksBuy this film here.
Year: 1974
Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
Stars: Sonny Chiba, Yôko Ichiji, Masashi Ishibashi, Shingo Yamashiro, Hiroshi Tanaka, Masafumi Suzuki, Claude Gagnon, Masataka Iwao, Zulu Yachi, Katsuysa Yamashita, George Yirikian
Genre: Thriller, Martial Arts, Trash
Rating:  6 (from 3 votes)
Review: The Yakuza have hired hitman Takama Tsurugi (Sonny Chiba) to take care of two men, one who has gone to the police and another who has stolen a priceless statue. They both know too much and when they say "take care of" they mean eliminate, so off Tsurugi goes on his motorbike to get arrested for beating up a selection of bodyguards. Once in the police station, he is handcuffed and going quietly until he notices his target and then makes with the martial arts moves to smash the cops around and jab the grass in the throat to ensure he never talks to anyone ever again. Yet there's more to this than he realises...

Some of the same team who had brought the world The Street Fighter produced this hasty sequel the same year, and as before it was a showcase for the deeply unsubtle Chiba to make with the violence on his fellow man (and occasionally woman), usually those who deserved it but not always, making him a morally shady anti-hero at best. Of course, this was his appeal and Hajjime Koiwa's script offered him ample opportunity to flex his muscles, if not his acting abilities. As a tornado of aggression, however, this was what made him so memorable.

Tsurugi (who is named Terry in the English language version, a name more reminiscent of British sitcom characters) has a sidekick, too, a young woman in some enormous flared trousers and an equally huge knitted cap called Kitty (Yôko Ichiji) who points him in the right direction, essentially winding him up like a toy robot and letting him loose on the bad guys. There's never a hint of romance between these two, in spite of Kitty's obvious affection for the easygoing (more easygoing than the first film, anyway) psychopath, but you get the impression that he wouldn't have much time for love.

Although he does have time for sex, but only with assassin women who he can kill after they try and fail to bump him off by stealth. This is a mere sideshow to the real plot, where Tsurugi doesn't actually appear all that much for the initial half hour, and then mainly in black and white flashback; in fact the first third has more to do with a martial arts school whose charitable status is a front for more underhand dealings. Cue too many sequences of padding with the pupils learning all about chainsticks and other weapons, and the old favourite, smashing bricks with their bare hands.

Once Tsurugi manages to get on the wrong side of the gangsters - and behind the Yakuza is apparently the American Mafia, which you may not have known - then he is a marked man, but rest assured he has the skills to crunch his way out of every sticky situation. This means setpieces at a ski resort (including that favourite move, hit someone on the back of the head so hard their eyes pop out like in a cartoon), at a health spa and with a certain character whose throat was ripped out by our man in the previous instalment but through the wonders of technology now has a robot throat (really) to enable him to explain his reappearance. Naturally, much thumping ensues, with the predictably despicable behaviour of the bad guys the only excuse Tsurugi needs to rain vengeance down on their heads. Followed by yet another sequel the same year - three films in one year! Music by Toshiaki Tsushima.

Aka: Satsujin ken 2
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3097 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (4)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
George White
Enoch Sneed
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
   

 

Last Updated: