The Executioner (1974)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Martial Arts, Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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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.

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drug-trade, martial-arts, narcotics-division, police-officer, top-secret, hitman, Ninja