Karate Bearfighter (1977)





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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/87/232587.jpg[/img] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]Masutatsu Oyama is a world renowned karate expert in 1951 Japan. He is approached by his best friend with an offer to make a lot of money. The proposal goes against Oyama’s principles, but he cannot turn down such a fiscal offer from one of his trusted friends. However, after becoming financially wealthy, he realizes he has lost respect in the streets, which are his roots. He is considered soft by rival gang members. Oyama decides he has made the wrong decision; however, it will not be easy to turn his back on his best friend or their rivals. [/font][/color][/size] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][/font][/color][/size][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I’ll send Oyama to hell with these hands.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, director of Karate Bullfighter, Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless to Confess, Tokyo Bad Girls, and Sister Street Fighter 1 through 3, delivers Karate Bear Fighter. The storyline for this film is entertaining. The acting is solid, and the performances are worthwhile. The title character, Masutatsu Oyama, is fascinating to follow throughout the storyline and oozes with aura.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“You’re like a dog who bites his master.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]The karate exhibition during the opening credits, the beating up of the bull, the broken arm sequence, the restaurant fight, the Oyama impersonator, the fight at the club, Oyama versus his former employer, the reflection explanation, Oyama versus Kenobe and his followers, the glass bottle cutting sequence, the suicide to prevent rape, the rain beating(s), the drunken father and son sequence, the karate death match against the bear, the fishing scene, the fight in the cavern, and the final fight on the beach were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“A fight that ends in blood is out of date.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Kazuhiko Yamaguchi is an infamous grindhouse director. The Karate Bullfighter and Bearfighter films depict Japanese martial arts. The film also depicts the true life story of the founder of Kyokushin Karate in Japan; yes, this is loosely based on true events. Nevertheless, that only makes the film and its title character even more interesting. Japanese karate films never seem to fully grasp the culture the way their samurai picture do. I still recommend this picture to fans of Sonny Chiba and/or grindhouse films.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I can see a threatening air about you.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Grade: C+[/color][/size][/font]

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