The Executioner

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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 ...
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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 Gyakuten1975, also directed by Ishii.
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Special Features

Trailers for the Sonny Chiba Collection
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Legend has it that director Teruo Ishii made The Executioner under duress, shooting it to honor his contract with Toei, but doing his best to subvert the finished product wherever he could. This goes a long way toward explaining The Executioner's schizophrenic tone. There are plenty of kung fu thrills and yet the whole story is suffused with a strange sense of humor that ranges from the surreal (a character dies begging another character to take over his car payments!) to the juvenile (virtually anything involving Go Eiji's perpetually randy character). It also has strange dollops of sleaze thrown in without rhyme or reason, like an evil yakuza stripping his girlfriend nude for the entertainment of party guests. Potential viewers who find the aforementioned too bizarre should probably pass on the film. However, any cult movie enthusiast with an appreciation for the bizarre will want to see The Executioner -- the pace is swift, the plotline unpredictable in its craziness, the action is plentiful, and Sonny Chiba excels at both the physical and comedic demands of his role. Ultimately, The Executioner is probably best left to Chiba's hardcore fans, but they are likely to be fascinated by its bizarre excesses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • UPC: 634991247924
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Adness
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sonny Chiba , Ryuichi Koga
Makoto Sato , Takeshi Hayato
Eiji Go Ichiro Sakura
Yasuaki Kurata Karate Teacher
Henry Sanada
Masahiko Tsugawa Mario Mizuhara
Ryo Ikebe Arashiyama
Yutaka Nakajima
Technical Credits
Teruo Ishii Director, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Executioner
1. Lessons to Learn [9:27]
2. Deliveries [10:53]
3. Devising a Plan [7:15]
4. Undercover [10:30]
5. Tricks and Traps [7:12]
6. Special Gifts [7:25]
7. Recruitment [8:42]
8. Parlor Tricks [8:18]
9. Invasion [4:33]
10. Fighting Dirty [4:27]
11. Hooked [6:10]
12. The Yakuza Continues... [1:38]
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Disc #1 -- The Executioner
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