Killing Machine (1975)

Killing Machine





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Sonny Chiba stars in The Killing Machine; in fact, you could say that he is the killing machine. A veteran of the World War II Japanese army, Doshin So (Chiba) would like to live a life of peace, but...right now, he'd like to squash a vicious gang of black marketeers. If you're a Sonny Chiba fan, you'll get your fill in The Killing Machine. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
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On DVD: Oct 26, 2004


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Killing Machine is a solid Chiba martial arts film from the 1970s, but otherwise a fairly unremarkable example of its genre, save for its slightly better-than-average plot and character development.

The action sequences do not compare to what Hong Kong had been producing at the same time when the Shaw Brothers were still very prolific and the Bruce Lee popularity was still on fire. However, this is still better than most of Chiba's other movies. Chiba's martial arts in this film is amazing as each punch and kick totally makes you feel sorry for the stunt man.

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Originally titled 'Shorinji Kempo', 'Killing Machine' is a great Sonny Chiba film with a groovy sountrack. The filmography however suffers with awkward angles and unstable shots distracting from many of the scenes.


Filling in the holes in my Sony Chiba knowledge, this film was a lot of fun, following China as he becomes a leader in his community in spite of numerous set-backs, teaching his fellow man to fight back against oppression in the process.

Good stuff, well worth a look.

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