Shout Factory in the USA is to release Volume 2 of the Sonny Chiba Collection a selection of martial arts legend Sonny Chiba’s successful career. Some of them are making their North American Blu-ray debut on Blu ray and the set will include the following films –
THE DEFENSIVE POWER OF AIKIDO (82 min.) Jiro Chiba tackles the role of Morihei Ueshiba, born in Wakayama to a farming family and destined for martial arts greatness as he learns from the masters (including brother Sonny Chiba) and develops his own well-polished Aikido.
13 STEPS OF MAKI ( 78 min.) Based on a comic book, 13 Steps Of Maki follows the leader of the all-female Stray Cats gang who use their fighting skills to help others. But when Maki crosses the daughter of a powerful man with connections to the yakuza, she winds up in prison on false charges.
KARATE WARRIORS ( 89 min.) A street fighter (Sonny Chiba) arrives in a town ruled by two warring gangs headed by feuding yakuza brothers. He does everything he can to keep them feuding while tracking down a lucrative stash of drugs and befriending the son of a sword-wielding samurai …
THE GREAT OKINAWA YAKUZA WAR ( 95 min.) Co-starring alongside Hiroki Matsukata, Sonny Chiba makes for a striking, animalistic gangster battling his way through the streets of Okinawa in this eye-popping martial arts powerhouse set one year before the return of power to the mainland.
KARATE FOR LIFE (90 min.) The final film in the Masutatsu Oyama trilogy, Karate For Life follows our hero through US-occupied Okinawa, where he leaves a professional wrestling job … but must return to the ring in order to help a friend in desperate need of medical supplies.
GOLGO 13: ASSIGNMENT KOWLOON ( 92 min.) International spy Duke Togo has taken on a tricky assignment from an American drug syndicate: take out a Hong Kong kingpin selling their drugs independently. Duke faces danger at every turn … and competition from a detective who wants the kingpin for himself!
THE OKINAWA WAR OF TEN YEARS (101 min.) It’s brother against brother and friend against friend when Okinawa is returned to mainland Japan … and the local yakuza does not take kindly to being strong-armed by mainland gangs. The result is mayhem and the biggest yakuza war ever fought in Okinawa.
All films will be HD 1080P remasters and DTS original mono sound mix.