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After the massive success of The Street Fighter, the Toei Company decided to build a new karate series around a female lead, and cast a young actress who had appeared in a cameo role alongside her mentor Sonny Chiba. Still a teenager at the time, Etsuko Shihomi exploded onscreen in her first leading role and created a new character type: a tough fighter who was fierce, fearless, good-hearted, and decidedly non-sexualised, a departure from Toei’s typical formula.

In 1974’s Sister Street Fighter, Shihomi is the half-Chinese, half-Japanese Li Koryu, who travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother, an undercover cop. Li discovers a smuggling ring run by a drug lord with his own personal army of deadly fighters, and must penetrate his evil lair with the help of a fellow karate master (played by Chiba). Shihomi and director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Wolf Guy) made two additional films based on the same character over the next year, Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread and Return Of The Sister Street Fighter, with a final unrelated follow-up (Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist) helmed by original Street Fighter director Shigehiro Ozawa appearing in 1976.

Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen, the series embodies female power in a male-dominated genre and is a magnificent showcase for the physical presence and martial arts skills of its lead star.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition digital transfers of all four films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
  • Original English dubbed audio for Sister Street Fighter
  • New optional English subtitle translation for all four films
  • English SDH subtitles for the English dub for Sister Street Fighter
  • New video interviews with actor Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba, director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, and screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailers for all four films
  • Original U.S. theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original English opening titles to the film
  • Original German theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original German opening titles to the film
  • Stills and poster gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Kungfubob O’Brien
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet featuring writing on the series by Patrick Macias and a new essay on the U.S. release of Toei’s karate films by Chris Poggiali
Certificate:
TBC
Actor:
Etsuko Shihomi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Asao Uchida
Director:
Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Shigehiro Ozawa
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
2
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
TBC
studio:
Arrow Video
Theatrical Release Year:
1974, 1976

Sister Streetfighter Collection

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After the massive success of The Street Fighter, the Toei Company decided to build a new karate series around a female lead, and cast a young actress who had appeared in a cameo role alongside her mentor Sonny Chiba. Still a teenager at the time, Etsuko Shihomi exploded onscreen in her first leading role and created a new character type: a tough fighter who was fierce, fearless, good-hearted, and decidedly non-sexualised, a departure from Toei’s typical formula.

In 1974’s Sister Street Fighter, Shihomi is the half-Chinese, half-Japanese Li Koryu, who travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother, an undercover cop. Li discovers a smuggling ring run by a drug lord with his own personal army of deadly fighters, and must penetrate his evil lair with the help of a fellow karate master (played by Chiba). Shihomi and director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Wolf Guy) made two additional films based on the same character over the next year, Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread and Return Of The Sister Street Fighter, with a final unrelated follow-up (Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist) helmed by original Street Fighter director Shigehiro Ozawa appearing in 1976.

Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen, the series embodies female power in a male-dominated genre and is a magnificent showcase for the physical presence and martial arts skills of its lead star.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition digital transfers of all four films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
  • Original English dubbed audio for Sister Street Fighter
  • New optional English subtitle translation for all four films
  • English SDH subtitles for the English dub for Sister Street Fighter
  • New video interviews with actor Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba, director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, and screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailers for all four films
  • Original U.S. theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original English opening titles to the film
  • Original German theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original German opening titles to the film
  • Stills and poster gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Kungfubob O’Brien
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet featuring writing on the series by Patrick Macias and a new essay on the U.S. release of Toei’s karate films by Chris Poggiali
Certificate:
TBC
Actor:
Etsuko Shihomi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Asao Uchida
Director:
Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Shigehiro Ozawa
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
2
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
TBC
studio:
Arrow Video
Theatrical Release Year:
1974, 1976

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Classic Kung FU

These are a great collection of movies. If you like old School Kung fu this is for you. The fighting’s scenes Are great and the gangsters are classic Old school bad guys. Etsuko Shihomi is great in the roll. If you liked Street fighter this is for you. Old school is still the best for these Classics

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