Tuesday, April 24, 2012
SISTER STREET FIGHTER (1974)
While this one doesn't live up to the viciousness of the Sonny Chiba original STREET FIGHTER flick it's still OK as far as stupid karate movies where a gang of killers politely wait their turn while fighting one person go. The plot is about as simple as they come with our heroine looking for her kidnapped brother who's been turned into a junkie by our baddies. The main draw here is the comic-booky villians on display. I think it's always a tad more exciting when your bad-guys wear masks and you get a lot of that here. There's a gang of masked ladies who dress like Fred Flintstone which were probably the highlight for me. In addition to that you get a group who look like they're wearing some sort of black wicker baskets on their heads, a fellow who shoots poison darts while wearing a superhero cape, a guy with steel claws like Wolverine and some more typical kung-fu villians like a strongman, nunchucks guy etc. Sonny Chiba does appear here but he's not playing his Terry Suguri character from the original. In fact in the dubbed print I watched he was just called Sonny.
This would spawn three sequels which are of varying quality. The first one being my favorite. Make sure you watch the uncut version of SSF instead of the cheap-shit dollar VHS/DVD since that one's missing about 6 minutes of the blood-spraying stuff.