Theatrical Release Date: 21 Jul 2005
Home Ent. Release Date: 28 Aug 2005
Volume 1 of the Sonny Chiba Collection contains 3 excellent martial artsd films: The Killing Machine, Yakuza Deka, Yakuza Deka: The Assassin. Regarded by fans of martial arts cinema as one of Chiba’s finest performances, The Killing Machine (1975) features some of the best hardcore fight scenes ever filmed. Chiba plays the role of real life Japanese fighter Doshin So. A former secret service agent, So returns to Japan after WWII to discover that a local boy was killed by two American Gis. After unleashing his fury on the two Gis in question, So is sentenced to prison and when he emerges decides to take on the local gangsters and dispense his own brand of justice. Yakuza Deka (1970) and Yakuza Deka: The Assassin (1970) are the first two films in the four film Yakuza Cop action comedy series. In Yakuza Deka Chiba goes undercover to infiltrate two rival gangs, both of whom are fighting for control of Tokyo's lucrative drug and gambling trades. The operation takes a turn for the worse when his cover is blown and he turns the two criminal organisations against each other, climaxing in a brutal, violent and amazing finale. In Yakuza Deka: The Assassin Chiba is back again as an undercover cop this time round wearing a flamboyant floppy hat, leather trousers and smoking weed in order to infiltrate a local Marijuana racket.