The Yakuza Papers
In the fourth installment in Kinji Fukasaku’s five-part crime saga, the police start to crack down on the yakuza gangs of Hiroshima as Japan gears up for the 1964 Olympic Games. Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Jo Shishido, Nobuo Yana.
The Street Fighter Trilogy
The Street Fighter – Sonny Chiba is Takuma (Terry in the dub) Tsurugi, the infamous Street Fighter in the films which catapuled him to international fame. In breathtaking, hyper-violent confrontations, Turugi battles the mafia, the yakuza, uncovers drug rings and dirty cops and dodges assassination attempts. With bravura and unrelenting action, the notoriously violent Street Fighter series raised the bar for martial arts movies.
Return of the Street Fighter – In this sequel, Martial artist Takuma (Terry) Tsurugi returns to take on a Yakuza family that may be embezzling money from charities to finance their own operations. Both the police and the Yakuza find themselves battling Tsurugi, but Tsurugi’s fight ultimately is with the mob, and he concentrates on them.
The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge – Terry Tsugury (Sonny Chiba) is a street-wise thief who agrees to help an underworld crime boss (Akira Shioji). For a fee, Tsugury will steal back a set of cassette tapes that contain precise instructions on how to manufacture cheap heroin. But when he realises he’s been double-crossed, Tsugury makes off with the tapes. With a deadly assassin (Frankie Black) on his trail and an ever-widening circle of people he can’t trust, Tsugury finds help in a mysterious agent (Etsuko Shihomi)
When the Daiei studio closed its doors in 1971, their biggest chanbara star Shintaro Katsu already had his own production company Katsu Production set up, and a distribution deal signed with Toho. With most directors and actors now liberated from their long-term contracts with the ailing major studios, and film work harder to come by, Katsu was able to pick and choose from a teeming pool of talent and lined up a series of high-profile projects. He cast Toshiro Mifune and Ayako Wakao to co-star with him in Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo, paired his brother Tomisaburo Wakayama with his favourite Daiei director Kenji Misumi for the Lone Wolf and Cub series, and lured Ken Takakura and Meiko Kaji into his fold for The Homeless, a loose remake of French director Robert Enrico’s Les Aventuriers (1967).
Super Robot Mach Baron
Okami yo rakujitsu o kire
A fugitive samurai encounters a married couple who steal mountain gold for their clan. Upon hearing that the clan is going to betray and kill them, the samurai decides to fight for them.
Lone Wolf and Cub season 2
Along with his three-year-old son, Daigoro, they seek revenge on the Yagyû clan and are known as “Lone Wolf and Cub” assassin for hire. Yorozuya’s portrayal of Ôgami in the series, is said to be more faithful to the manga than the Wakayama films. Considering the lenght and number of episodes this can only be expected. These series follows the manga comics very closely so anyone who has read them will enjoy these shows. Starring Yorozuya Nakamura as Ôgami Ittô the Shogun’s executioner, who was disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyû clan and has been forced to take the path of the assassin.
Director Chang Cheh begins his Shaolin Cycle with this solid kung fu actioner about a band of fighting Ming Dynasty loyalists branded as enemies of the state and driven underground following the burning of the Shaolin Temple by Qing Dynasty…
Interpol has nothing on ESPY, an elite international law-enforcement agency. Its members have supernormal powers, including telepathy and clairvoyance. Discerning a pattern to the series of political assassinations which have rocked the world, ESPY dispatches its best agents to Istanbul, to counter the efforts of an anti-ESPY organization, masterminded by Ulrov before the Prime Minister of Baltonia is killed. The combined force of the battling telepaths causes natural disturbances around the world including earthquakes and auroras.