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Sister Street Fighter Collection

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Genres: Action
Starring: Etsuko Shihomi, Sonny Chiba
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Plot Synopsis:

After the massive success of The Street Fighter, the Toei Company decided to build a new karate series around a female lead, and cast a young actress who had appeared in a cameo role alongside her mentor Sonny Chiba. Still a teenager at the time, Etsuko Shihomi exploded onscreen in her first leading role and created a new character type: a tough fighter who was fierce, fearless, good-hearted, and decidedly non-sexualised, a departure from Toei's typical formula.

In 1974's Sister Street Fighter, Shihomi is the half-Chinese, half-Japanese Li Koryu, who travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother, an undercover cop. Li discovers a smuggling ring run by a drug lord with his own personal army of deadly fighters, and must penetrate his evil lair with the help of a fellow karate master (played by Chiba). Shihomi and director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Wolf Guy) made two additional films based on the same character over the next year, Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread and Return Of The Sister Street Fighter, with a final unrelated follow-up (Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist) helmed by original Street Fighter director Shigehiro Ozawa appearing in 1976.

Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen, the series embodies female power in a male-dominated genre and is a magnificent showcase for the physical presence and martial arts skills of its lead star.

  • Technical Specs
    Specs:High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all four films, First pressing only: Illustrated booklet featuring writing on the series by Patrick Macias and a new essay on the U.S. release of Toei's karate films by Chris Poggiali
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):TBA
    Audio Formats:Original uncompressed Japanese mono audioOriginal English dubbed audio for Sister Street Fighter
    Subtitles/Captions:New optional English subtitle translation for all four filmsEnglish SDH subtitles for the English dub for Sister Street Fighter
    Special Features:New video interviews with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba, director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, and screenwriter Masahiro KakefudaOriginal Japanese theatrical trailers for all four filmsOriginal U.S. theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original English opening titles to the filmOriginal German theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter, plus original German opening titles to the filmStills and poster galleryReversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Kungfubob O'Brien