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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Street Fighter (1974)

Sonny Chiba is a martial arts expert who’s a lot meaner than Chuck and a lot dirtier than Bruce but no less of a showman. The first Street Fighter film is an excellent place to start if you want to see him in action. It’s rough around the edges and the editing is far from perfect, but the final product is a violent B-Movie with style oozing out of every orifice.
Sonny plays man for hire, Takuma Tsurugi, a fighter that does things his way by his rules. When a group of Chinese gangsters piss him off he kicks all kinds of ass in response. Characterisation is slight and by the end Takuma is still a bit of a mystery, but it serves the film well.

4 circling vultures out of 5

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