The Street Fighter

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In Brief: There's a good reason that Quentin Tarantino has continually referenced this 1975 karate classic throughout his career — in spite of (or perhaps, because of) its trash-cinema tropes and exploitationally gratuitous gore, The Street Fighter is a pretty damned entertaining film. Few screen presences have ever rivaled the demented dynamism of Shin'ichi "Sonny" Chiba, and The Street Fighter is possibly the crowning achievement of his lengthy career. I can say with no equivocation that this film thoroughly earned the "X" rating it received on its initial release in the States, and its eye-popping (you'll get that joke when you see the film) level of violence still packs a punch. It may be more high-kicks than high art, but The Street Fighter is nothing if not the right kind of wrong.
Genre: Martial Arts Action
Director: Kôji Takada
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Gerald Yamada, Doris Nakajima, Tony Cetera
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen The Street Fighter on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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