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The Grindhouse Returns! Viva Chiba!

Viva Chiba!

Thr Grindhouse is back, kicking ass and taking names! To celebrate our grand re-opening (yes, the floors are sticky -- you didn't think we'd actually clean the joint up while we were away, did you?), we've got a Sonny Chiba triple feature. VIVA CHIBA!

King of the 70's Grindhouse martial arts flicks, Chiba's The Street Fighter was the first film to earn an X rating for violence and turned him into a grindhouse star. Oh yes, the unnaturally red fake blood flows as the audience cheers "VIVA CHIBA! VIVA CHIBA! VIVA CHIBA!"

Before there was Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, there was Sonny Chiba, "faster than Ali, meaner than Bruce Lee" in The Bodyguard! Look for some fantastic views of a pre-Disney invasion Deuce in this trailer.

Chiba teamed up with Etsuko Shihomi for Sister Street Fighter -- "the fear is real, the love is real, the danger is real, the odds are unbelievable for Sister Street Fighter!"

Finally, last and least, The Streetfighter's Last Revenge.

SFLR

This final Street Fighter movie tries to turn Chiba into a suave James Bond style ladies man to hilariously ill effect. It does have the greatest "answering the phone" scene in the history of cinema, though, and for that it is a true grindhouse classic. Link to trailer.

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