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Karate for Life - The Sonny Chiba Collection
Karate for Life - The Sonny Chiba Collection
Actor: Sonny Chiba
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Sports
UR     2005     1hr 30min

The Karate Society of Japan ostracizes Masutatsu Oyama after fighting both a bull and a bear. Being well known all over Japan, Oyama is approached by a promoter looking for talent for an exhibition game. Accompanied by Fuj...  more »


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Actor: Sonny Chiba
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Sports
Sub-Genres: Martial Arts, Indie & Art House, Martial Arts
Studio: Adness
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/18/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Based on TRUE story. Entertaining~!
Tradeand5 | Planet Z | 01/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sosai Masutatsu Oyama.....the legendary Japanese Karate Master who revolutionized Karate forever........The Japanese Famous Anime Karate Baka Ichidai has been released in Japan for decade. The story of Kyokushin Kaikan and its history. Ever since the Anime has been released in Japan, it has gained such popularity and fame of this Mas Oyama's Karate all over the nation. Today, it is THE most popular, and most practiced Japanese Karate Style in Japan, and world wide. Mas Oyama has passed away back in 1994. This film is based on his life, and character. This complete the trilogy which are both entertaining, and now classic. However, it is NOT a biography film. The Media 8, the Japanese Kyokushin Kaikan film production has produced tons of film about Mas Oyama as well as Every single All Japan, and World Open tournament footage which is only available in Japan. The latest Asian number one hit movie "Fighter in the Wind" from Korea is the closest it can get if you would like to see the biography based movie of Mas Oyama. However, it is not 100% accurate for some reason. It plays a little politic and prejudice. After all it is a movie, and has to entertain the audience. The "Figther in the Wind" is currently only availabe in Korea, but soon I hopt to hit USA. OSU~!!!"
A Sonny Chiba classic
Kevin Geaslin | | 04/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sonny Chiba takes on the role of Mas Oyama, one of the most famous karateka in history. His career? Dojo duels by day, moonlighting as an enforcer for the mob at night. His reputation earns him a ticket to Okinawa, where he is supposed to participate in fixed matches against American fighters. His pride and determination to prove his style cause problems when he refuses to lay down. Of course, organized criminals come to collect when their winnings begin to slip away. Matters escalate and, well, if you like Sonny Chiba, you can imagine how things go from there!"
Good fun movie
morgoth | omaha, NE | 08/26/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This thing is a WEIRD movie. It has a bunch of wrestlers for Sonny to go up against. His partner is like the king of Judo and I have to say they could have did without him. Same actors as all of the movies. But this one is just better than the last 2 in the trilogy. The final fight is freaking awesome even with that same camera man who seems to be shaking it up and down. The best of the trilogy and some how the weirdest with these wrestling death matches.

The picture quality is good btu does have horizontal lines that do distort the picture. Still pretty good picture quality though. Percectly widescreened, good sound, very good subtitles, and some really good liner notes just like the other 2 movies."