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Sister Streetfighter Collection
  • Description

    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
  • Product Details
    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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  • Description

    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
  • Product Details
    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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