Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 1977, Arrow Films, Cult

Featuring star Sonny Chiba (THE STREET FIGHTER, WOLF GUY) at his charismatic best -- channeling a Japanese Dirty Harry while doing all his own stunts -- and director Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE) at his most fun, deftly showcasing his "Piranha Army" stock company of actors -- DOBERMAN COP is a classic action comedy, and a missing link in 70s Japanese cinema made to appeal both the youth market with its biker gangs and pop music, as well as to old-time yakuza movie fans.

Kano (Sonny Chiba, THE STREET FIGHTER) is a tough-as-nails, fish-out-of-water Okinawan cop investigating the savage Tokyo murder and mutilation of an island girl prostitute. Initially dismissed as a country bumpkin (complete with straw hat and live pig in tow!), Kano proves himself a more savvy detective than the local cops. As he probes into the sleazy world of flesh-peddling, talent agency corruption and mob influence, Kano uncovers the shocking truth about a savage serial killer who burns women alive.

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  • 90 min.
  • Color
  • 2.35:1


  • DCP