Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken (The Executioner) (Direct Hit! Hell Fist) (1974)





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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
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Sonny Chiba
as Ryuichi Koga
Masahiko Tsugawa
as Mario Mizuhara
Makoto Satô
as Takeshi Hayato
Ryô Ikebe
as Arashiyama
Yasuaki Kurata
as Karate Teacher
Eiji Go
as Ichiro Sakura
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Critic Reviews for Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken (The Executioner) (Direct Hit! Hell Fist)

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Ninja at its lowest point.

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Audience Reviews for Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken (The Executioner) (Direct Hit! Hell Fist)


Great stuff, this one really reminded me of the A-Team, though it obviously pre-dates that show by a decade or so. Chiba and a group of thugs caught in the middle of vicious drug lords, they spend the film in vicious battles and taking the piss out of one another, it's a fun little ride and punctuated with random nudity, which is never a bad thing. Give it a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

I'm not going to give it five, but it was really funny and had great fighting. I love all the villains in these movies.

Kirstin B
Kirstin B

[img][/img][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]A local Japanese police department hires three street ruffians to help bring down a drug trafficking gang that is ravaging their countryside. Each ruffian specializes in a different talent; one is a martial arts expert, one is an assassin, and one is a buffoon. The three of them work together to investigate the gang and bring down the man in charge.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Master, please take care of my car payments.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Teruo Ishii, director of Screwed, Hell, Blind Beast vs. Dwarf, Karate Inferno, Female Yakuza Tale, and Black Cat’s Revenge, delivers The Executioner. The storyline for this picture reminded me of numerous Chiba classics; however, what separated this film from other Chiba pictures were the magnificent costars. The kid they recruit at the end of the film, from the martial arts school, was splendid and the buffoon was hilarious. Chiba was his usual bad ass self. [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Your face doesn’t look like you want to urinate or defecate.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]My mother in-law is a huge Sonny Chiba fan (I actually gave her the Killing Machine DVD as a present, which is my favorite Chiba film to date). Nevertheless, after watching my mother in-laws Street Fighter DVDs my wife and I were hooked on his films. We have seen quite a few of his picture. This is a very entertaining film and definitely worth your time. You can current catch this film on FLIXe during the month of March. [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I tend to answer sex with fairness.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Grade: B+[/color][/size][/font]

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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