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The Street Fighter's Last Revenge, 1974.
Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa.
Starring Sonny Chiba, Reiko Ike, Sue Shiomi.
The Street Fighter's Last Revenge is the final instalment in the cult 1974 martial arts trilogy that also includes The Street Fighter and Return of the Street Fighter. Sonny Chiba returns to his role of mercenary Takuma 'Terry' Tsurugi, accepting a mob contract to deliver a pair of stolen cassette tapes that hold a formula to create cheap heroin. Naturally the mob double-cross Tsurugi (when will they ever learn?), and the martial arts master then sets about to bring down the drug cartel with a little help from female government agent Kahô (Sue Shiomi, who would also appear with Chiba in the unrelated spin-off Sister Street Fighter, released the same year).
With this third movie production company Toei drew upon elements of the spy genre such as Bond and Mission: Impossible to breathe new life into the franchise. Chiba’s character is now a master of disguise with an array of gadgets at his disposal, and there is a noticeable shift away from the brutal action of the earlier movies to focus more on story. Nevertheless, the film remains enjoyable and is presented here in an English dub that includes voice-over work from Star Trek legend George Takei as one of the mobsters in pursuit of Chiba.
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