Top 10 awesome movies like Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess that you will enjoy watching
You just finished watching Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess and you can't get over how good this movie was. Now you want to watch more of such masterpieces. We have curated a list of similar movies which are created by the likes of Yutaka Kohira, Etsuko Shiomi and Shinichi Chiba . Here goes the list -
- 13 Steps of Maki: The Young Aristocrats
- Hissatsu shikakenin
- Nihon jokyo-den: tekka geisha
- Return of the Sister Street Fighter
- Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon
- Yagyû renyasai: hidentsuki kageshô
- Bad Reputation
- Shôrinji kenpô
- Kamen Rider Super-1: The Movie
- Bôhachi bushidô: Sa burai
Koshizu (Fuji), a young geisha, tries to kill herself but is saved by cook Yukichi (Sugahara). Rival geisha Adakichi (Yumi), greedy trader Yasukawa (Abe) and wealthy businessman Asai (Soganoya) add up to dramatic turns.
This movie, created by Kôsaku Yamashita, Junko Fuji and Bunta Sugawara, scores 6.0 on IMDb.
Genres - Action | CrimeWatch Trailer
When the crime boss has to pick one of his thugs for a fight he takes his knife, throws it to the roof and kills a butterfly with it, then the knife falls to one guy's shoulder and that's the man he's chosen for the job. That's some serious inventiveness. And who's the guys he's gonna fight? That's Yasuaki Kurata of course.
This movie, created by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Etsuko Shiomi and Akane Kawasaki, scores 6.3 on IMDb.
Genres - Action | Crime
A HK cop investigates several similar murders done by Chow's men. Golgo 13, top sniper, is the 4th assassin hired to kill HK drug lord Chow for Americans wanting the HK drug market.
This movie, created by Yukio Noda, Shinichi Chiba and Lun Chia, scores 6.3 on IMDb.
Genres - Action | Thriller | Crime
Increased competition between two samurai brothers, threatening to tear their clan apart, eventually leads them to a duel to the death in the early Edo Period. One of them is trained in the famous Yagyu Shinkage Ryu, while the other was taught a secret technique by his master Miyamoto Musashi. The very first pairing of screen legends of Raizo Ichikawa (Sleepy Eyes of Death series) and Shintaro Katsu (Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman series).
This movie, created by Katsuhiko Tasaka, Raizô Ichikawa and Shintarô Katsu, scores 6.3 on IMDb.
Genres - Action | Drama
Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So. Mr Soh has been acting as a secret agent in Manchuria during the Japanese occupation. He is first seen spying on a meeting of Chinese soldiers as they plan a surprise ambush on the retreating Japanese Army. He is discovered and has to fight his way out, using fists, feet and then a machine gun. He rushes to inform the Japanese commanders of the plot, but is horrified to learn that Japan has done the unthinkable by surrendering unconditionally. Soh returns to his homeland to find a ravaged land of beaten people. Victimised by gangsters, occupation forces and corrupt local officials, the poor and the disenfranchised have lost the will to fight back. Using his "Shao Lin" skills (subtitle translation of Shorinji Kempo), he regularly champions the weak and teaches the black market thugs the error of their ways, becoming a regular guest at the local prison. He is seen to assist a former soldier, Otaki, who is seeking his lost wife at the bottom of a bottle, a fallen woman (Kiku) who has turned to prostitution after suffering rape by Russian soldiers, her little brother Kimio who gets injured by some American G.I.s who subsequently try to flee from accident. The Prison Governor warns him that the US Administration will not be so tolerant now that he has "crippled" the troops, suggesting a likely death sentence. He helps him to "escape" the jail and Soh leaves town in a hurry, pausing only to give advice to the band of orphans that he has befriended. Soh leaves the city of Osaka (central Japan) to go to the rural island of Shikoku where he finds a similar situation. He determines to bring new hope to the locals by teaching his martial arts skills to a growing band of followers. He gathers the loafers, ruffians and aimless, teaches them Shorinji Kempo (referred to as "Shao Lin" in subtitles) to build them up to be stronger physically and mentally. He meets some new characters, who he soon enlists in his school; Tomoda the young ex-soldier and his sister Miho. When the noodle-stall girl Noriko is raped by a gang of yakuza thugs, Soh and Tomoda dish out some rough justice (with some sharp scissors to one of the miscreant's tenderest flesh). Later, Tomoda and Miho are attacked and Tomoda has his arm cut off with a katana (Samurai sword). Soh avenges that with a visit to the local yakuza boss that leaves the boss with a dislocated arm and his minion missing a digit. Otaki, the former drunken soldier from Osaka joins the group, then in an emotional scene, discovers his wife is alive but has re-married after he was reported dead in the war. When the small-time local yakuza gangs are joined by familiar faces from Osaka seeking to expand their activities, it is time for action with a capital A. Before the final climactic face-off between Soh's students and the yakuza mob, there is time for Soh to receive an urgent message to see Kiku in Osaka. He returns to find the orphans caring for a terminally ill Kiku, who had turned to prostitution to help support them all. Soh experiences an epiphany and comes to recognise that "Strength and Compassion must be together" (Riki Ai Funi). In a typically cinematic finale, Soh's friend Otaki dies is killed by yakuza thugs paid to clear the honest poor from land to be used to build brothels and gambling dens. Soh goes on a final rampage to clear the yakuza right out of town forever. The epilogue reveals how Soh's school has flourished and spread across Japan (circa 1975), with scenes filmed at the organisations magnificent headquarters still based in the town of Tadotsu.
This movie, created by Noribumi Suzuki, Shinichi Chiba and Yutaka Nakajima, scores 6.6 on IMDb.
Genres - Action | DramaWatch Trailer
The Dogma Kingdom attacks the Matagi (mountain tribe) village of Yamabiko to steal the sacred Flying Dragon Fortress and wreak havoc all over Japan. Six children from the fallen village take refuge in a nearby town, keeping their identities as Matagi citizens a secret. Kamen Rider Super-1 must protect these children from the Dogma Kingdom, as they hold the secret to the Flying Dragon Fortress' weakness.
This movie, created by Hiroshi Miyauchi and Shunsuke Takasugi, scores 5.2 on IMDb.
Genres - Action | Adventure | DramaWatch Trailer
A ronin desperado who turns into a criminal is condemned to death sentence. However, he is saved by the notorious Bohachi clan who contemplate to use his sword skills against their rivals. The ronin now finds himself in an inferno of war between brothels and conspiracies.
This movie, created by Takashi Harada, Gorô Ibuki and Reiko Ike, scores 5.9 on IMDb.
Genres - Action