Kill Chiba Collection [3 Discs] [DVD]

From Crash Cinema comes the Kill Chiba Collection, a set of three action-packed and little seen Sonny Chiba gems whose name and packaging has no doubt been made to wrangle in followers of Tarantino's Kill Bill saga. Included is The Bullet Train (which was purportedly the inspiration for Jan de Bont's Speed), along with The Executioner and the spy classic Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon. All are presented in their original 2.35:1 widescreen pictures with stereo sound, though their quality isn't something to write home about. Each one is quite washed out, with age marks throughout each print, while the audio is consistently full of hiss and pops. This won't be a surprise to those accustomed to Saturday-afternoon chop-socky flicks, but those who expect quality should be warned. The discs have also been released before on the same label, so those who have purchased these separately should stay away from this one, unless you really dig on the yellow-and-black packaging. If you're not in the know and are looking for true Chiba genius, look no further than the Street Fighter series, because they just don't get any better than that!
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Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon
Yukio Noda directs action superstars Sonny Chiba and Callan in the thriller Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon. Chiba portrays Goglo 13, the most feared and respected hitman alive. Goglo is hired to assassinate the most powerful gangster in Hong Kong. Callan plays the police officer who has made it his mission to prevent Goglo from ever succeeding in another job. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Bullet Train
Motivated by their very real grievances, a group of bombers announce that they have placed speed-triggered bombs aboard a bullet train from Tokyo to Hakata, the "Hikari 109." If the train slows below a certain speed, it will be destroyed along with its many passengers. Proving their assertion by blowing up an unmanned freight train, the terrorists demand five million dollars, which seems a small sum, considering that the bullet trains put one of the men out of work and destroyed the business of another. The police want to stop the bombs, and the train company wants to save the passengers, and they soon find themselves in conflict under the frantic pace set by these dramatic circumstances. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

The Executioner
This exciting action film from prolific director Teruo Ishii stars Sonny Chiba as Kouga, a descendant of a long line of ninja warriors who has put his amazing physical abilities behind him and lost his way. Eventually, however, Kouga teams up with a hitman named Sakura (Mitsuru Sato) and his friend Hayato (played by former world lightweight boxing champion Shozo Saijo) to rip off the Japanese mob. Yutaka Nakajima co-stars in this gritty martial arts film, followed by a sequel, Executioner 2: Karate Inferno (Chokugeki Jigokuhen: Dai Gyakuten)(1975), also directed by Ishii. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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