View Full Version : I need more SONNY CHIBA

Wllm Clys
07-05-2013, 03:19 AM
Last night I watched The Streetfighter and loved it! I need more.
Recommend me some 70s/early 80s Chiba films with lots of violence and preferably huge amounts of bloodshed.

Derrick King
07-05-2013, 05:22 AM
Masutatsu Oyama Trilogy: Karate Bull Fighter, Karate Bear Fighter, & Karate For Life
Killing Machine
Shogun's Samurai

Ian Jane
07-05-2013, 10:14 AM
I'll throw The Bodyguard into that mix too. And The Executioner (Executioner II is completely different, more of a comedy). Wolfguy Enraged is also worth tracking down.

Jason C
07-08-2013, 12:04 PM
"I need more SONNY CHIBA " - Hardly a week goes by where I don't end up thinking the same thing. Every Friday night movie viewing session usually starts with me trying to talk myself out of watching a Chiba flick (I'm pacing myself as best I can).

My favorites so far:

I would also recommend picking up the SISTER STREET FIGHTER boxset.

EXECUTIONER 2 is the only Chiba film I hated. THE BULLET TRAIN and MESSAGE FROM SPACE aren't very good either.

07-08-2013, 03:11 PM
I'll add in Legend of the 8 Samurai. Chiba only has a supporting role in this, but it's a great martial arts/samurai fantasy film.


Ian Jane
07-08-2013, 05:21 PM
"THE BULLET TRAIN and MESSAGE FROM SPACE aren't very good either.

I can have fun with Message From Space if I'm in the right mood but can definitely see why some wouldn't like it. I really dig Bullet Train though. Atypical for a Chiba film but I found it plenty entertaining. The guys who wrote Speed really should have credited it.

Jason C
07-08-2013, 05:56 PM
^^My issue with THE BULLET TRAIN is that its too long. I have no doubt someone could take that epic 152 minutes and turn it into a fun 95 minutes. At some point I will check out the 115 English dub.

I wanted to enjoy MESSAGE FROM SPACE and I really tried. There are some amazing moments but there are too many action scenes where I didn't have a clue what's going on.

Ian Jane
07-08-2013, 06:21 PM
Yeah, that's fair criticism. Bullet Train probably is too long. I still dig it though.

Wllm Clys
07-09-2013, 02:29 AM
That Wolfguy film looks really crazy. The plot reads like a Naschy film :)

Robin Bougie
07-09-2013, 04:46 AM
Shogun's Samurai

I found that one pretty boring, despite all the raving from critics all over the dvd case. Chiba didn't get to do much ass kicking at all. Boo-urns.

MESSAGE FROM SPACE was 10X more entertaining. And BULLET TRAIN was too.

Jason C
09-13-2013, 09:46 AM
I watched KARATE BEARFIGHTER last night. Freaking amazing. I had my doubts going in. The idea seemed stupid but Chiba pulled it off.

Ian Jane
09-13-2013, 10:17 AM
Oh man, I love that movie. I have a Bearfighter tattoo on my arm, I love it so much.

Bullfighter too. It's also fucking rad.

Let's all watch the trailer instead of working on marketing materials and powerpoint presentations.



09-14-2013, 12:13 AM
Speaking of Kazuhiko Yamaguchi films -- have any of you guys seen WHICH IS STRONGER: KARATE OR THE TIGER? I've never managed to track down a copy...although I've been curious for the longest time & wanted to see if it lives up to Yamaguchi's earlier Chiba animal karate flicks like Bullfighter & Bearfighter. Looks like Yasuaki Kurata is beating the shit out of that tiger in the trailer. :bruce:


Ian Jane
09-14-2013, 11:20 AM
Haven't seen that one but it looks great. REVENGEFUL! INVINCIBLE! What's that one guy in the Lone Ranger mask doing?

Ian Jane
10-08-2013, 08:57 AM
G.I. Samurai came out on Blu-ray in Japan, but without any English subs or audio.


Ian Jane
11-11-2013, 11:55 AM
A few other Chiba titles have come out on Blu-ray as well, but again, doesn't look like they are English friendly.




Jason C
11-11-2013, 12:34 PM
I'd love to see a blu-ray of the shorter American version of VIRUS.

NINJA WARS is amazing.

Ian Jane
11-13-2013, 10:32 AM
The Daily Grindhouse found this vintage Toyota ad featuring Sonny.

Pretty rad.


Ian Jane
11-14-2013, 02:32 PM
Chiba also popped up in a magazine ad for kids' toy guns. (http://patrickmacias.blogs.com/er/2010/03/childrens-replica-gun-ads-circa-early-70s.html)


Ian Jane
11-14-2013, 02:35 PM

11-14-2013, 04:52 PM
Those are incredible, Ian. Viva Chiba!

Jason C
11-18-2013, 05:13 PM
I just watched the wildly entertaining LEGEND OF THE EIGHT SAMURAI. It's exactly what I was hoping MESSAGE FROM SPACE would be.

Anyone that digs Chiba films or is just starting out needs to pick up The Samurai Collection [G.I. Samurai (1979)/Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983)/Ninja Wars (1982)] (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000J3EB94/dvdaficionado). All three films are awesome, it's less than $10 and the transfers are fabulous.

Jason C
11-18-2013, 06:26 PM
I'm down to about 5 more Chiba films in my collection that I haven't seen yet. The prospect of running out of new Chiba films is a bit of a bummer. Can anyone tell me if I am missing any quality English friendly Chiba films?

The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor and Humanity Box Set
Makai tenshô: Samurai Reincarnation [Tokyo Shock] (1981)
Street Fighter Box Set [UK Optimum Asia] [Street Fighter (1974)/Return of the Street Fighter (1974)/Street Fighter's Last Revenge (1974)]
The Samurai Collection Featuring Sonny Chiba [G.I. Samurai (1979)/Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983)/Ninja Wars (1982)]
The Shogun Collection [Shogun's Samurai (1978)/Shogun's Shadow (1989)/Swords of Vengeance (1978)/Shogun's Ninja (1980)]
Sonny Chiba Action Pack [Virus (1980) / Golgo 13 (1977) / The Bullet Train (1975)]
Lethal Chiba [Killing Machine (1975)/The Executioner (1974)/The Executioner 2 (1974)]
Sonny Chiba: The Masutatsu Oyama Trilogy [Karate Bull Fighter (1975) / Karate Bear Fighter (1975) / Karate for Life (1977)]
Sonny Chiba Collection [The Bullet Train (1975)/Golgo 13 - Assignment: Kowloon (1977)/Dragon Princess (1976)/The Bodyguard (1976)/Karate Warriors (1976)/Sister Street Fighter (1974]
The Sister Street Fighter Collection
The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979)
Wolfguy Enraged [bootleg]
Message from Space

I should be picking this one up soon.

Sonny Chiba Collection, The - Vol. 1 -- REGION 2
- Killing Machine (1975)
- Yakuza Deka ( Gangster Cop ) [Edited] (1970)
- Yakuza Deka: The Assassin (1970)

Ian Jane
11-18-2013, 06:59 PM
Those are the ones you have or the ones you still need to get?

Alison Jane
11-18-2013, 07:53 PM
Was thinking about Chiba a little while ago. Might need to watch some tonight.

Jason C
11-19-2013, 09:45 AM
Those are the ones you have or the ones you still need to get?

That is what I have. I was wondering if there are any that I am missing.

Ian Jane
11-19-2013, 10:23 AM
There are some lesser quality releases out there worth looking into if you've got some extra money.

Fighting Fist & Soul Of Bruce Lee double feature (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012YO1LC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0012YO1LC&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20)


Sonny Chiba 4 Film Set (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WNU0OE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002WNU0OE&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) - this one has Machine Gun Dragon, Doberman Cop, Fighting Fist and Soul Of Bruce Lee.


It's been a while since I watched any of these but I really dug Doberman Cop and Machine Gun Dragon. I'm fairly certain the transfers are tape sourced but they're all either dubbed or subbed. Not ideal releases by any stretch but that's the way it goes.

There is also a definite guilty pleasure out there starring Sonny & Roddy Piper.... IMMORTAL COMBAT! (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6304705573/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=6304705573&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) I'm pretty sure it also stars a dude from American Gladiators. It's like Don 'The Dragon' Wilson level bad, but you'll never take away my DVD.



Ian Jane
11-19-2013, 10:28 AM
Oh, also Shadow Warriors (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MTFDAQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000MTFDAQ&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) is really great. It's a seven disc set with 27 episodes and some extras, good presentation from BCI. It's a TV series so not as ultra violent as some of the movies but still super rad and chock full o' Sonny.


Ian Jane
11-19-2013, 10:36 AM
Another recommendation is Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SGEUGA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001SGEUGA&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20). It's a bit slow at times but shit, Sonny and Meiki Kaji,... c'mon.



Ian Jane
11-19-2013, 10:56 AM
A few other releases that are easy enough to get but not necessarily essential unless you're collecting Chiba stuff (for the record, I have them and can give you more details if you want).

Prince of Space/Invasion of the Neptune Men (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CR76TO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000CR76TO&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) - goofy superhero stuff, Sonny is really young in this but it's kinda fun.


Terror Beneath The Sea (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A2XC3U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000A2XC3U&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) - also fairly goofy, Sonny is also young, but if you like cheap, screwy Japanese monster movies it's fun.


Yellow Fangs (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HM2CBU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001HM2CBU&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) - Sonny's role isn't very large in this one but he's in it and it's easy to find at a decent price. It does revolve around a giant bear, sort of. Not a great movie, but not a terrible one either.


Hunter In The Dark (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002JC5G6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0002JC5G6&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) - I don't remember this one all that well but recall it was well made, just with more emphasis on drama than on action. I seem to remember getting the DVD for like $5 on eBay. It's an HK release with Eng. subs.


The Power Of Aikido (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W91DYQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000W91DYQ&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) - This is a bootleg but a reasonably good quality one, in Japanese with Eng. subs. Can't remember if it's anamorphic or not but I think it is. It's a good movie.


Then there's The Bushido Blade (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009H97IK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0009H97IK&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20) - look at that cast! Unfortunately I remember being pretty disappointed by it... but look at that cast!


Jason C
11-19-2013, 12:05 PM
Thanks Ian. I forgot that Sonny is in the second Wandering Ginza Butterfly film. I picked up both a few months ago.

I'll pick up the Chiba boxset with Doberman Cop but it sounds like I should save those for last in the hope that better transfers get released.

I will definitely pick up those cheesy sci-fi flicks. One that I've had my eye for awhile is Ogon Batto (aka Gold Bat) (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CUQ02CS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=5OMJ6TSD8Z53&coliid=I3VCV1BNVOVGQK).

I read some iffy reviews for BUSHIDO BLADE which is a shame because like you said "look at that cast".


Ian Jane
11-19-2013, 12:27 PM
I have a lousy quality DVD-r of Gold Bat but haven't ever watched it for whatever reason. I should probably remedy that.

Jason C
11-19-2013, 12:45 PM
I have a lousy quality DVD-r of Gold Bat but haven't ever watched it for whatever reason. I should probably remedy that.

I'd been wanting to get a quality DVD, but I think I'll watch this youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H71gUhMFYlU) upload tonight. It looks nice.

Jason C
02-07-2014, 05:53 PM
My subtitles weren't any good so I paid $35 for the copy of Ogon Batto (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CUQ02CS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=5OMJ6TSD8Z53&coliid=I3VCV1BNVOVGQK) that is on Amazon. It was well worth it. Its enjoyable in the same way that DESTROY ALL MONSTERS is only in the GOLD BAT you have the added bonus of Sonny Chiba running around in a silver jumpsuit shooting laser guns. I can see myself revisiting this one often.

Ian Jane
02-08-2014, 11:50 AM
What are the language/subtitle options on that disc, Jason?

02-15-2014, 08:56 PM
Speaking of Chiba, I've been meaning to catch Sadao Nakajima's MEMOIRS OF JAPANESE ASSASSINS (http://www.coolasscinema.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-japanese-assassins-1969.html) for the longest time & finally got around to watching it the other day & Sonny is superb here! He literally had me transfixed to the screen with his poignant & raw portrayal of Onuma Tadashi. Highly recommended! :up:


Ian Jane
02-16-2014, 09:50 AM
Is this available legitimately with Eng. subs anywhere? I've never seen this one. That trailer sells it hard. Gotta love it when dude gets stabbed in the back of the head!

02-17-2014, 11:01 PM
Nope, it's only available via fan subs but it really deserves a legit R1 release. Don't be fooled by the violent vignettes in the trailer because those are brief but the story involving Chiba is more of a character driven drama with not much in the way of chop socky or chambara action.

Ian Jane
02-18-2014, 11:20 AM
I'm ok with that too. I'll look around for this. Thanks for the heads up.

Jason C
02-18-2014, 05:09 PM
What are the language/subtitle options on that disc, Jason?

Sorry for the delay.

Audio: Japenese 2.0

Removable subtitles:
Sem Legendas

Alison Jane
02-18-2014, 05:10 PM
Doesn't everybody?

03-01-2014, 12:27 AM
Finally got around to catching OKINAWA YAKUZA WAR directed by Sadao Nakajima & released in 1976. In addition to Chiba, it also co-stars Hiroki Matsukata. Interestingly, these two were paired once again in another Okinawa based yakuza flick titled THE OKINAWA THE TEN YEAR WAR (which I've also watched) a couple years later but the early collab is the far superior film IMHO in terms of entertainment value. Sonny Chiba is present in roughly half the movie and plays a secondary character but he is pivotal to the entire plot and he put forth such a manic & crazed performance as a renegade 'mad dog' Yakuza boss that he overpowers everyone else onscreen -- both figuratively and literally! I replayed his death scene multiple times just aghast at Chiba hamming it up with his final death throes! :rolling:


Ian Jane
03-01-2014, 10:07 AM
Is this another one you have to head to the grey market to see? I'm not seeing a legit DVD release anywhere with subs :(

03-02-2014, 05:28 PM
yes, unfortunately there is no legit release available for either & you have to go the fan sub route to obtain both of Chiba + Matsukata's Okinawa yakuza flicks but it's definitely worth it.

06-07-2014, 01:32 PM
A little tribute to my favorite actor!

Sonny Chiba, the karate demon!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/HungFist/Hung3/bchi1.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/HungFist/Hung3/bchi2.jpg











Ian Jane
06-07-2014, 04:47 PM
What movie is the water skiing image from, Takuma?

06-07-2014, 11:50 PM
What movie is the water skiing image from, Takuma?

That's Kamikaze Adventurers (aka Adventurer Kamikaze / 冒険者カミカゼ) (1981). A rather enjoyable romantic caper with Hiroyki Sanada and Sonny Chiba playing equal lead roles. Chiba is a pilot and Sanada is a guitarist who both fall in love with the same woman (Kumiko Akiyoshi). For a reason I don't remember they end up trying to steal money from the yakuza. Action fans may be disappointed as there isn’t that much action going on, and practically no martial arts. However, Sanada and Chiba’s flawless tag team is perhaps more enjoyable than ever before. They both score 90+ of minutes screen time, and at times the film feels almost like a Kadokawa Idol pic gone JAC mode.

Screencaps from the Japanese DVD. I don't think the film has ever been released English friendly.







Teaser + Trailer


Original trailer



Teaser + Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZioYS8RJsU

Ian Jane
06-08-2014, 09:01 AM
Nice, thanks for that. Not at all familiar with this one. It looks... zany.

06-08-2014, 10:49 AM
Regarding earlier discussion in this thread…

Karate Inferno: I absolutely love this! It’s like the manliest, dirtiest Japanese comedy ever made. It's got Chiba (asshole ninja), Makoto Sato (asshole ex-cop who looks like Frankenstein’s Monster) and Eiji Go (asshole pervert karate man) taking the piss and molesting Yutaka Nakajima non-stop. I mean, Chiba actually saves his pal, whose jacket caught on fire, by pissing on him!!!! Some good action at the end of the film, and a great cameo/reference that Western viewers probably won't get in the last scene.

Yellow Fangs: Chiba’s directorial debut, a great adventure film with breathtaking locations and excellent cast (Sanada, Natsuyagi, Sugawara...), although it has a couple of silly scenes in it. Fukasaku served as Chiba’s advisor in this one. But does Chiba really appear in it, Ian? I don't recall him being in it, though I might be mistaken.

Which is Stronger: Karate or the Tiger: no Chiba in this one, but it’s a very enjoyable film by Toei’s most underrated genre director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. Cool soundtrack, cool fights, cool tiger. Yasuaki Kurata stars. It’s very much in the style of Chiba films of the era, just a notch weaker.

Toei released it on DVD a few years ago, without subs of course. I'm not sure if anyone has done custom subs for it.








Trailer exclusive footage

I've also seen this on 35mm in Finland about 6 years ago. English dubbed version, with Norwegian subtitles if I recall correctly...

06-10-2014, 02:21 AM
I think no one has mentioned Norifumi Suzuki's Roaring Fire (1981). It’s of course mainly a Hiroyuki Sanada film, with Chiba in a supporting role and responsible for the action choreography. Fantastic movie packed with amazing stunts, Hong Kong style martial arts, nudity, Nazism, Etsuko Shihomi, Abdullah the Butcher… a possible inspiration for Jackie Chan.

Sanada and Ishibashi

Abdullah the Butcher


Clumsy Sanada

Nazi bitch

While in Hong Kong, they just had to rip off famous HK films. Oh, wait. Police Story 1 & 2 weren’t until mid 80’s...

More stunts

More action

Air attack gone wrong; landing on Etsuko’s foot

I have the Japanese Toei DVD (without subs). There’s a German DVD as well, and it seems to be English friendly (sub+dub) according to OFDB
- http://www.ofdb.de/view.php?page=fassung&fid=15685&vid=290429
- http://www.ofdb.de/view.php?page=fassung&fid=15685&vid=290615

(the website is blocked to Japan for some reason, if necessary use anonymouse (http://anonymouse.org))

Ian Jane
06-10-2014, 09:15 AM
Roaring Fire is really good! It hasn't been given a good DVD release here, sadly.

Re: Yellow Fangs, I think you're right, he just directed it - but it's been years since I watched it. I have the Cinema Epoch DVD and will try to dig it out after work but a quick glance at the imdb page for the movie shows he's missing in the cast credits.

Jason C
02-27-2015, 05:33 PM
Chiba may not be the primary character in ROARING FIRE but all of his fans must track it down. His performance as a magician is surreal and must be seen. The film is a thrill ride that is fucking bananas from beginning to end.

Ian Jane
02-27-2015, 09:37 PM
Glad you dug it. It really should have more 'cult appeal' than it does. A fun watch.

08-30-2015, 05:18 AM
Stills from one of my favourite Chiba films, the the WWII noir / commando action film Army Intelligence 33 (1968). Chiba plays a young soldier who is forced to become a spy for the Japanese army. Later he is sent on a commando mission to the enemy headquarters in Southeast Asia. I'm praying Toei or some other company will put this out on DVD one of these days.











edit: in case anyone was wondering, my Chiba Festival coverage (which I still haven't completed) can be found in the other thread:


I'll be posting more about Chiba once I complete my 100 Chiba kumite (trying to see 100 Chiba films... I'm still about 10 films short)

Ian Jane
08-30-2015, 09:13 AM
Did you catch that one theatrically I'm guessing?


08-30-2015, 09:58 AM
Did you catch that one theatrically I'm guessing?


Yeah, I did. There's also a VHS quality VoD version available in Japan, but it suffers from real heavy ghosting. DVD (or BD) would be lovely.

08-30-2015, 03:17 PM
I want the Street Fighter films on bd!

Why was there never a nice dvd release of them? Seems like I remember internet rumours when the UK set was released (wish I had picked a copy up).

Derrick King
08-30-2015, 03:57 PM
New Line Cinema owns (owned?) the US rights and, unfortunately, the films never were a priority for them. The Street Fighter films were almost released on DVD in the US when New Line accidentally licensed the films to Image, who started work on special editions of the films, but New Line raised a stink and the Image releases (obviously) never happened.

10-12-2015, 09:15 AM
Just rewatched Ninja Wars. Slightly too long, but enjoyable ninja film. Great production values for a film with quite a bit of exploitation in it - or maybe the other way round: quite a bit of exploitation for a mainstream film that is essentially an idol film (Noriko Watanabe + Hiroyuki Sanada). Loved the romantic ending; made me wanna sacrifice myself for my girlfriend (preferrably after killing a few evil monks first).

I happen to own the original pamphlet, too. A few photos:






Sanada, Watanabe, Yakushimaru on Watanabe's (17) birthday party

10-12-2015, 09:23 AM
oh right, should post this too:

Keanu Reeves meets Chiba:


11-06-2015, 07:15 AM
(ad for the old box set release)

Toei is finally re-releasing the classic detective/action show Key Hunter (1968-1973), starring Tetsuro Tamba and Sonny Chiba, which has been OOP for a long time, on DVD.

This is the TV show that made both Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan fans of Sonny Chiba. The show apparently had quite a bit of following in Hong Kong. Tetsuro Tamba is the main star, but Chiba plays a major role as one of the detectives and was responsible for designing all the action scenes. The series features quite a lot of classic stunts performed by Chiba, as you can see in the video below.

Top 5 Key Hunter Stunts Chosen by Fans:


Toei originally released a 5 disc box set in 2009, which has been OOP for a long time and impossible to obtain for a decent price. The box set contained a selection of 20 episodes, each running about 50 minutes. It's too bad we can't get the entire series, but it ran nearly 300 episodes so it would be quite impossible to put them all out. Here is the original product page for the box set:

Toei is now re-releasing those five discs from the box set, starting in March (one volume each month, five in total). I'll be picking them up for sure. I have copies of the rental discs, and I'm not proud of that, but I just couldn't afford it. Used copies of the set were going for 500 dollars the last time I checked.

The episodes included are:
第1話 「裏切りのブルース」
第27話 「殺しの招待旅行」
第28話 「太陽に帰った殺し屋」
第60話 「パラシュート殺人部隊」

第105話 「世界殺人集団 南国の決斗」
第109話 「俺は西部の殺し屋キッド」
第120話 「宝石泥棒 裸で御免なさい」
第132話 「日本アルプス 大追跡作戦」

第135話 「吸血昆虫島 上空異状あり」
第140話 「人殺し あの手この手」
第154話 「サギ師の皆さま ふところにご用 �!」
第161話 「荒野の列車 大襲撃作戦」

第162話 「蒸気機関車 大渓谷の決戦」
第168話 「サイコロGメン 死んで貰います」
第171話 「お化け怪獣大戦争」
第185話 「真昼の決戦!すれすれ愚連隊」

第196話 「1972紅の翼 大空を行く」
第210話 「いんちきキイハンター探偵局」
第225話 「大空のギャング 現金強奪作戦」
第262話 「また逢う日までキイハンター」( �終回)(Final episode)

The first episode was directed by Kinji Fukasaku, btw.

(picture of the old rental release. The new releases will probably have the same covers)

Ian Jane
11-06-2015, 11:38 AM
See, if this had subs I'd be all over it...

04-06-2016, 10:58 AM
Toei will finally release Shadow Warriors III (1982) on DVD! Just like Shadow Warriors II, the series will be released in two box sets. No subs of course.

Box Set I
- episodes 1-13
- 4 discs
- 12 page booklet
- 2016/08/03
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd.php?num_sid=983166

Box Set 2
- episodes 14-26
- 4 discs
- 12 page booklet
- 2016/10/05
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd.php?num_sid=983167

The series is currently screening on Toei Channel, so I think we can expect the same print (with better encode). Here are some screencaps from the television version.







I haven't had time to watch the show yet, but it looks great. I love the opening theme, and the action scenes look fantastic.

Ian Jane
04-06-2016, 12:47 PM
I have the old BCI set, it was pretty great. A shame there were no follow ups afterwards.


Derrick King
04-06-2016, 07:03 PM
I have that too (actually I got the Best Buy exclusive that came with copies of Shogun's Shadow and Shogun's Ninja.) Sigh, I miss BCI/Ronin. They released/were going to release some awesome stuff.

04-07-2016, 03:30 AM
I've got it too... and I still haven't managed to watch that series either. I've seen 110 Chiba movies, but not a single TV show (I'm watching Key Hunter at the moment, though).

I'm just not good at watching TV shows. The previous one I watched was Hana no asuka gumi about 4 years ago... and the one before that was probably Rebellion League of Girls in Sailor Uniform about 6 years ago. Too many movies to see, not enough time for TV shows...

05-14-2016, 05:12 AM
Toei is releasing the tokusatsu series New Seven Color Mask (新 七色仮面) (1960) on DVD on September 14, 2016. Or, well, half of it. More about that later.

New Seven Color Mask was Sonny Chiba's first work as an actor. It was a follow-up to Seven Color Mask (1959-1960) which had starred Susumu Wajima. After Wajima dropped out in 1960, Chiba was made the new star and the show was then called New Seven Color Mask.

Toei is releasing 4 Disc Box Set (HD Remaster) with 13 episodes, or stories 5&6. The series was divided into "stories", each of which ran anything between 6 and 13 episodes. The original Seven Color Mask told stories 1-4. New Seven Color Mask told stories 5-7. This DVD set contains stories 5 (episodes 1-6) and 6 (episodes 7-13). Story 7 (episodes 14-26) is not included, although episodes 14 is supposed to be included as a bonus feature. Perhaps Toei will release Story 7 later if this box set sells well enough.

Here's an old VHS cover for one of the New Seven Color Mask casettes.

06-29-2016, 10:59 AM
Toei is releasing the tokusatsu series New Seven Color Mask (新 七色仮面) (1960) on DVD on September 14, 2016. Or, well, half of it. More about that later.

...Story 7 (episodes 14-26) is not included, although episodes 14 is supposed to be included as a bonus feature. Perhaps Toei will release Story 7 later if this box set sells well enough.

Here's an old VHS cover for one of the New Seven Color Mask casettes.

Well, this mystery was solved.

"第15話~第26話は、原版不明の為収録 れておりません。"
- http://www.toei-video.co.jp/data/hs/vcatalog_dvd/item/201609/dszs10020.html

"Episodes 15-26 are not included because the film reels are missing".

07-01-2016, 06:59 AM
Toei will finally release Shadow Warriors III (1982) on DVD! Just like Shadow Warriors II, the series will be released in two box sets. No subs of course.

Box Set I
- episodes 1-13
- 4 discs
- 12 page booklet
- 2016/08/03
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd.php?num_sid=983166


Ian Jane
07-07-2016, 08:44 AM
Sub Kulture are releasing Message From Space on Blu-ray soon but unfortunately it's not English friendly.

At the end of July, we save the universe again!

Kinji Fukasaku sparked the stars war in space
As HD World Premiere!

For the owner of the digi paks we offer (until 15.08.2016) in the pre-sale a upgrade-nut on BD!
Parallel to the regular edition can you for something more favourable credits your dies in the form
Upgrade to a narrow sleeves, which can easily be put in the digipak.

Technical Data:
Picture: 1.85:1 (1080 p)
Clay: German + Japanese DTS-HD ma mono
Subtitles: German
Duration: 105 minutes

- foreword by Sonny Chiba
- German kinofassung
- Audio Commentary from pelle felsch and jörg buttgereit (for DT. Kinofassung)
- German trailer
- Dokumentation: "Message from Earth"
- Photo Gallery



07-10-2016, 03:49 AM
Toei is releasing the tokusatsu series New Seven Color Mask (新 七色仮面) (1960) on DVD on September 14, 2016.


01-10-2017, 03:52 AM
Toei will release the Sonny Chiba TV show The Bodyguard (1974) on DVD May 10, 2017.

6 Disc set, with all 26 episodes.

I've been recording this show from Toei Channel (currently broadcasting) but haven' t watched it yet other than having taken a brief look. Looks cool. Etsuko Shihomi and Jiro Chiba co-star. Reiko Ike and Masashi Ishibashi are in at least one episode.

A couple of brief TV screencaps



Jiro Chiba

Etsuko Shihomi

Reiko Ike



Also, I bought a new poster: A Narcotics Agent's Ballad (1972)

One of my favourite Chiba movies.

01-13-2017, 12:11 PM


Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.

Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind.

Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Streetfighter, Wandering Ginza Butterfly, Karate Bear Fighter), Wolf Guy truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970's Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.

• High Definition digital transfer
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original uncompressed mono audio
• New optional English subtitle translation
• New video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba
• New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
• New video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp.

Release Date: 24th April 2017


08-04-2017, 09:03 AM
Toei just announced The Gorilla Seven (1975) DVD Box Set for December 6, 2017. 6 disc set, with all 26 episodes.
- https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B074H2WXR6

I wasn't expecting this because Toei just finished broadcasting the series on Toei Channel and it was the old, poor quality TV masters. The DVD set, however, says "digitally remastered version".

I'll be writing more about the series soon. I just finished watching episode 24. Basically, it's a sort of follow up to superior The Bodyguard, with almost the same cast. Stars Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, Jiro Chiba, Yuuki Meguro, Isao Natsuyagi, and Akira Nishikino. Teruo Ishii directed a couple of episodes.



Ian Jane
09-01-2017, 10:03 AM
Fun to see Chiba pop up in the New Battles Without Honor And Humanity boxed set!


09-05-2017, 12:21 PM
Toei will release Shadow Warriors IV and V on DVD. No subs of course. New HD masters.

Shadow Warriors IV: Part 1 (2017/12/06)

Shadow Warriors IV: Part 2 (2018/02/07)

Shadow Warriors V (2018/4/11)

Extras are 12 page booklets for each. In addition, Shadow Warriors IV episodes 1 and 27 will be the original 90 minute versions, not the 45 minute versions seen on TV "during re-broadcastings". Toei says they have recently discovered the original 16mm negatives. I can't check my recordings from Toei Channel from last year right now, but I think those were the 45 min versions as well.
- https://www.toei-video.co.jp/special/kage-no-gundan/

04-11-2018, 05:38 AM
Two excellent Fukasaku films in 4K from Kadokawa

Virus, which came out last December

Legend of the Eight Samurai, coming May 25, 2018

Only Japanese subs.

Ian Jane
04-11-2018, 10:23 AM
God damn it, I'd be all over these but the lack of Eng. subs means it's a no go.

Derrick King
04-11-2018, 03:12 PM
Isn't most of Virus in English?

04-11-2018, 08:42 PM
Yeah, VIRUS not having subs isn't a real deal breaker. Just hope these 4K prints with custom subs make their way on the usual sites for download soon.