This time I’ll talk about a film in the public domain, at least I think it is, called The Street Fighter. It’s not that movie based on the videogame but a series of grindhouse action films by Sonny Chiba. Before being in Kill Bill he was doing action movies in the 1970’s and is considered the Steven Segal of Japan at the time. In The Street Fighter Sonny Chiba plays a mercenary named “Terry” for the yakuza.
After doing a favor for the yakuza by saving a death row prisoner. When a rich guy dies and leaves all of his fortune to his daughter in Japan the yakuza order Terry to kidnap her. Terry refuses because he wanted more money and then the yakuza end up ordering to kill him. There’s also a fight scene where Terry fights a martial arts master at a dojo and has a change of heart at the end of the fight. He ends up protecting her at his service free of charge. There’s even a subplot where there’s these people out to get him for being half Chinese.
This was also Quentin Tarantino’s inspiration to do films when he saw this in theaters back in the 1970’s. This is a pretty violent film and at archive.org they only got the dubbed version which is kinda bad. I guess that’s what makes this film so good because of it. Haven’t seen the sequels except “Sister Street Fighter” which is also on the archive.org site to if you want to take a look.
Here’s also some links for The Street Fighter and Sister Street Fighter if you want to take a look at them.