The Sonny Chiba Collection Vol.1 in August

Optimum Asia have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Sonny Chiba Collection Volume 1 for 29th August 2005 priced at £24.99. Volume 1 of the Sonny Chiba Collection DVD Boxset contains three action packed Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter, Kill Bill) films from his seventies heyday. All have been re-mastered from the original 35mm prints. The following films, which have never before been available on video in the UK, will be released on the DVD boxset: The Killing Machine, Yakuza Deka, and 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.

All three are presented in anamorphic widescreen with Japanese 2.0 Stereo audio and English subtitles.

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