DOBERMAN COP
DOBERUMAN DEKA
1977, 90 min, Japan, Dir: Kinji Fukasaku

Based on the manga by Buronson and Shinji Hiramatsu, DOBERMAN COP is a one-of-a-kind cop movie featuring Sonny Chiba as tough-as-nails Joji Kano from Okinawa, who is investigating a savage murder in Tokyo’s nightlife scene. Settling between Fukasaku’s masterful “Battles Without Honor and Humanity” series, this is the yakuza genre elevated to art form, as Joji takes on all kinds of bikers, drug pushers and lowlifes - none of whom suspect that this seemingly naive man will never relinquish his bear-trap grip. With Fukasaku regulars filling out the secondary cast and Chiba at a charismatic peak, it’s a pure shot of adrenaline to the heart, delivered with the force of a chest kick.


WOLF GUY
URUFU GAI: MOERO ÔKAMI-OTOKO
1975, AGFA, 86 min, Japan, Dir: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

This Toei Studios-produced adaptation of the Kazumasa Hirai manga features action star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba in the title role, an enraged, last-of-his-kind lycanthrope who uses his powers to solve crimes. Justly legendary, WOLF GUY mashes up horror, martial arts and cop movies to daze viewers into submission with a barrage of spectral tiger attacks, surgical experiments, government conspiracies and ’70s funk sounds.


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