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Unread post by HungFist » 01 Jul 2016, 10:52

Toei will release 4 Tai Kato films on DVD 2016/10/05

真田風雲録 (1963)
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Cast: Kinnosuke Yorozuya, Mickey Curtis, Jerry Fujio

骨までしゃぶる (1966)
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Cast: Hiroko Sakuramachi, Nahoko Kubo, Isao Natsuyagi

懲役十八年 (Eighteen Year Jail Term) (1967)
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Cast: Noboru Ando, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Hiroko Sakuramachi, Asao Koike

昭和おんな博徒 (Showa Woman Gambler) (1972)
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Cast: Kyoko Enami, Hiroki Matsukata, Tatsuo Endo, Kanjuro Arashi, Fumio Watanabe

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Just great news! I am very happy! Thank you! :clap:

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 20 Jul 2016, 21:54

HungFist wrote:Moving on, I noticed Shochiku is releasing Noboru Tanaka’s Village of Doom (1983)
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An old UK dvd exists. Here’s a film review:
http://www.mjsimpson.co.uk/reviews/villageofdoom.html

Shochiku's website: http://www.shochiku-home-enta.com/
A BD release happened last year and I missed it until now:

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The old UK DVD had 11 seconds cut by the BBFC, by the way:

Cut required to remove sight of a chicken being kicked and ill-treated, in accordance with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937 and BBFC Policy on Animal Cruelty on Video.

http://bbfc.co.uk/releases/village-doom

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Unread post by HungFist » 26 Jul 2016, 15:34

Another set of Takakura films from Toei on 2016/11/09

流星空手打ち (Ryûsei karate uchi ) (1956) + 電光空手打ち (Denkô karate uchi ) (1956)
Dir: Fujio Tsuda
Cast: Ken Takakura, Takashi Kanda, Susumi Namishima
[two films on 1 dvd... both are just 58/59 min]
[these were Takakura's first film roles]
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=989462

黒い指の男 (Kuroi yubi no otoko) (1959)
Dir: Masuichi Iizuka
Cast: Ken Takakura, Yayoi Furusato
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=989465

博徒一家 (Bakuto ikka) (1970)
Dir: Shigero Ozawa
Cast: Ken Takakura, Minoru Ooki, Tomisaburo Wakayama
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=989464

望郷子守唄 (Bokyo Komori-uta) (1972)
Dir: Shigero Ozawa
Cast: Ken Takakura, Ryo Ikebe, Yuriko Hoshi
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=989463

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 26 Jul 2016, 19:25

I'm amazed they're still finding more films with Ken Takakura to release. It feels like he was in almost every Toei film for a while.

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HungFist wrote:Another set of Takakura films from Toei on 2016/11/09

流星空手打ち (Ryûsei karate uchi ) (1956) + 電光空手打ち (Denkô karate uchi ) (1956)
Dir: Fujio Tsuda
Cast: Ken Takakura, Takashi Kanda, Susumi Namishima
[two films on 1 dvd... both are just 58/59 min]
[these were Takakura's first film roles]
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=989462

黒い指の男 (Kuroi yubi no otoko) (1959)
Dir: Masuichi Iizuka
Cast: Ken Takakura, Yayoi Furusato
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=989465

博徒一家 (Bakuto ikka) (1970)
Dir: Shigero Ozawa
Cast: Ken Takakura, Minoru Ooki, Tomisaburo Wakayama
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=989464

望郷子守唄 (Bokyo Komori-uta) (1972)
Dir: Shigero Ozawa
Cast: Ken Takakura, Ryo Ikebe, Yuriko Hoshi
- http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_dvd. ... sid=989463
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Nikkatsu Mainstream Releases 1971-1988

Contrary to a common belief, Nikkatsu did produce a few dozen mainstream movies during their Roman Porno era. These included comedies, youth dramas, action films etc. Compared to the 1100 or so Roman Porno films released during this period, the number is of course very small.

Here's a list of films I can think of. It may very well be incomplete. I've excluded movies where Nikkatsu participated in production but would not be considered the main producer (e.g. Kadokawa's Proof of a Man or ATG's Distant Thunder). Big thanks to 'Maito Guy' at Rock Shock Pop for helping out with the list.

Men And War Pt. 3 (Sensou to ningen dai san bu) (1973) (Satsuo Yamamoto)
The Sun Falls And Rises Again (Hi wa shizumu hi wa noboru) (1973) (Koreyoshi Kurahara)
Portrait of a Flame (Honoo no shouzou) (1974) (Toshiya Fujita and Akira Kato)
The Red Lantern (Akachouchin) (1974) (Toshiya Fujita)
Sukeban Deka: Dirty Mary (Sukeban deka: daati Marii) (1974) (Yasuharu Hasebe)
Black Panther Bitch M (Kuroi mehyou emu) (1974) (Koretsugu Kurahara)
Younger Sister (Imouto) (1974) (Toshiya Fujita)
The Four Roughnecks (Abayo dachikou) (1974) (Yukihiro Sawada)
Virgin Blues (Baajin buruuzu) (1974) (Toshiya Fujita)
Cape Erimo (Erimomisaki) (1975) (Akira Kato)
Sachiko's Happiness (Sachiko no kou) (1976) (Kazunari Takeda)
Evening Primrose (Yoimachigusa) (1976) (Tatsumi Kumashiro)
Ah! That Pep Squad (Aa!! Hana no ouendan) (1976) (Chusei Sone)
Ah! That Pep Squad 2 (Aa!! Hana no ouendan 2) (1976) (Chusei Sone)
Ah! That Pep Squad 3 (Aa!! Hana no ouendan 3) (1977) (Chusei Sone)
The Baseball-Fan's Song (Yakyuukyou no uta) (1977) (Akira Kato)
Panic in High School (Koukou dai-panikku) (1978) (Sogo Ishii, Yukihiro Sawada)
Past Days Won't Return (Kaerazaru hibi) (1978) (Toshiya Fujita)
Eighteen Years of Age, to the Sea (Juuhassai, umi e) (1979) (Toshiya Fujita)
Super Gun Lady: Police Branch 82 (Sûpâ gun redei Wani Bunsho) (1979) (Chusei Sone)
I'm All Yours (Minna agechau) (1985) (Shusuke Kaneko)
The Half Moon (Itoshino Half Moon) (1987) (Yojiro Takita)

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So Soft, So Cunning (1978) (Toshiya Fujita) [this seems to have been a Roman Porno release, but Nikkatsu is nowadays treating it as mainstream movie]

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Black Panther Bitch M (1974)

Reiko Ike stars in this Nikkatsu produced action film, which came out just the right time. Toei's Pinky Violence genre was starting to wane out while karate films were the new thing. Black Panther Bitch M was a bit of both. The film hit the screens two weeks before Toei's Sister Street Fighter opened.

Ike is a ninja trained assassin ordered by an invisible shadow organization to take out businessman Mikio Narita, who is protected by yakuza goons. Limited production values and some slow patches set this apart from Toei's best action films, but there also are some atmospheric parts and nice bits of ultra violence as Ike takes out her opponents using knives and sadistic martial arts moves. Ike was no karate pro, but stunt doubles and fun ideas like POV action compensated enough. Ike also looks absolutely gorgeous in her frequently malfunctioning blouse that clearly wasn't intended to be used while engaging in hand-to-hand battle.

Supporting cast is mostly Toei actors, including karate master Masashi Ishibashi, who has one fight scene in the film, and who also brought his acquaintance Gogen Yamaguchin in as martial arts advisor. Director Koretsugu Kurahara was one of Nikkatsu's rising action film talents from before the studio shifted to Roman Porno. Even during the Roman Porno period his films were often influenced by action movies (e.g. Sex Rider: Wet Highway, 1972). Bad Girl Mako (1971) and Black Panther Bitch M are his only mainstream action films.

There is a fun story in the dvd booklet about Ike's involvement in the production. One reason why she accepted Nikkatsu's offer was that she was getting a little bit tired of her "sex queen" image at Toei, and was promised that this would be a mainstream film with no sex scenes in it. Ike later found out the filmmakers had added a hotel room sex scene into the screenplay, and she got majorly upset. She had them change the scene into a non-sex nude scene and relocate it to a "safer location" on a rooftop.

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Unread post by HungFist » 12 Sep 2016, 05:44

More Tai Kato coming, this time from Shochiku, on BD

on 2016/12/07

宮本武蔵 第一部 関ヶ原より一乗寺下り松 + 第二部 柳生の里より巌流島 (Miyamoto Musashi ) (1973)

江戸川乱歩の 陰獣 (Beast in the Shadows) (Edogawa Rampo no injû) (1977)

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on 2017/01/06

男の顔は履歴書 (Otoko no kao wa rirekisho) (By a Man's Face Shall You Know Him) (1966)

阿片台地 地獄部隊突撃せよ (Ahendaichi jigokubutai totsugekiseyo) (1966)

These two star Noboru Ando.

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on 2017/02/08

ざ・鬼太鼓座(1981)

This seems to be a music documentary film. Made in 1981, it had theatrical release in 1994.

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+ one that was only written by him and only comes out on DVD

竹久夢二物語 恋する(1975)
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Kanto Woman Yakuza (関東女やくざ ) (1968)

Nikkatsu Noir meets Girl Gang Films at Daiei. Michiyo Yasuda, one of the studio's few female action stars, leads a group of three girls who make their living playing on the clubs. They soon run into trouble with the yakuza. The film has a phenomenally energetic opening with great music, fantastic cinematography and Yasuda kicking ass. It's just a shame the storyline gradually takes a more conservative turn with emphasis shifted towards the male characters, who do the dirty work in the climax. It's still a very stylish film with superb cinematography and amazing moments where director Akira Inoue sets scenes to a blazing rock score. The film also does great job capturing the streets and clubs populated by the lower class. This is a small discovery, although more noirish and down to earth than the likes of Stray Cat Rock that would make a passable comparison point.

In his book Gun and Sword, Chris D. calls this the first film in the Kanto Woman series. However, that is almost certainly not correct. Based on Japanese databases, the spelling of the title (hiragana instead of kanji) and supposedly different approach (ninkyo instead of modern) the other three Kanto Woman films are a series of their own, unrelated to this one.

The screencaps below are from a VoD stream. Kadokawa also released the film on DVD a few years ago (I have it, but I'm too lazy to take new screencaps, so these will have to do).

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TV Review / Not Available on DVD EDIT: Now available on Toei DVD

Robbery, Arson and Killer Convicts (Japan, 1975) [TV]
Strangely unbalanced prison escape film plays out like a jazz tuned buddy flick, except its heroes often engage brutal violence and rape. The contrast is distracting yet too weak to generate any kind of shock value. Truly bizarre, but not in an entertaining way. As it stands, this is another example of ninkyo film master Kosaku Yamashita losing his edge in the 70s. The film kind of works in the beginning until the viewer realizes there is little point to anything that unfolds on the screen. Hiroki Matsukata and Tomisaburo Wakayama star as the odd couple attempting to escape together. One would've expected a far better film from this trio.

Original title: Goto hoka satsujin shu. Third and final film in a loosely linked series of prison films, all starring Matsukata. The first two, which I haven't seen, were directed by Sadao Nakajima.

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 27 Nov 2016, 13:53

Keita Amemiya's ZEIRAM (1991) and ZEIRAM 2 (1994) will be getting a BD release on February 24th from Bandai Visual.

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Unread post by HungFist » 01 Dec 2016, 07:36

It has taken them a while, but Toei is finally releasing Yusaku Matsuda on BD. The Yugi series is coming out March 8, 2017.
- http://www.toei-video.co.jp/BD/yuugi.html#ca40th

The films are
- The Most Dangerous Game (1978)
- The Murder Game (1978)
- The Execution Game (1979)


3 Disc box set. Extras contain trailers, booklet, lobby cards and a mini size reproduction of the original pamphlet for Excecution Game.

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It's a very popular series, although I personally don't rate the films that high. The first film is a relatively entertaining and amusingly sexist action flick with ridiculous action scenes where the bad guys can't hit Matsuda no matter how close they are. The same problem plagues the entire series. The second one throws in more comedy and somewhat tones down the sexism, which wasn't a good move. The third one is more of an 80s style underwhelming neo noir drama with an uninteresting storyline and characters, and not nearly as stylish as its poster would have you believe.

Matsuda is of course the best thing about the series, and I wish he had starred in better films. He's got a couple of very good action films - Classroom of Terror, Resurrection of the Golden Wolf - but he became an action star too late, just when Japanese action films started to go down the gutter and it became fashionable to make story and character driven films even if you didn't have interesting story and characters.

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 15 Jan 2017, 13:08

Toei are finally getting back to doing some more catalogue releases on May 10th with 4 Bunta Sugawara flicks:

Yokohama Underworld: Machinegun Dragon 横浜暗黒街 マシンガンの竜 (1978) dir. Akihisa Okamoto

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The cast also includes Sonny Chiba and Renji Ishibashi.

実録飛車角 狼どもの仁義 (1974) dir. Shinji Murayama

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Three Sworn Brothers 懲役三兄弟 (1969) dir. Kiyoshi Saeki

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まむしと青大将 (1975) dir. Sadao Nakajima

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Unread post by HungFist » 16 Jan 2017, 08:11

Glad to see Toei releasing more films, although it's sad that the only way for an actor or director get his film released by Toei these days is to be dead.

Yokohama Underworld: Machinegun Dragon is a pretty terrible action/yakuza/comedy, though. Chiba appears in it for about 3 minutes.

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HungFist wrote:
Yokohama Underworld: Machinegun Dragon is a pretty terrible action/yakuza/comedy, though. Chiba appears in it for about 3 minutes.
Sugawara plays his character with the biggest rubber face he's ever put on... beside Chiba's cameo, it features a small role for Kyôko Enami as well...and they stole "They call me mr Tibbs" theme music! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Mx4wqVXfk

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Unread post by DenPryan » 08 Feb 2017, 20:29

Robbery, Arson and Killer Convicts, It will soon be available on DVD

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DenPryan wrote:Robbery, Arson and Killer Convicts, It will soon be available on DVD
You're right. I had not noticed

Toei will be remembering Hiroki Matsukata (who died recently) with three DVD releases on 2017/06/14

Escaped Murderer from Hiroshima Prison (脱獄広島殺人囚) (1974)
Dir. Sadao Nakajima
Cast: Hiroki Matsukata, Tatsuo Umemiya

Robbery, Arson and Killer Convicts (強盗放火殺人囚) (1975)
Dir. Kosaku Yamashita
Cast: Hiroki Matsukata, Tomisaburo Wakayama

Hiroshima Hostage Rescue Tactics (広島仁義 人質奪回作戦) (1976)
Dir. Yuuji Makiguchi
Cast:Hiroki Matsukata, Akira Kobayashi

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Unread post by HungFist » 19 Feb 2017, 09:09

This is unexpected. Twilight Time is releasing Brutal Tales of Chivalry on BD May 16, 2017.
- https://www.facebook.com/notes/nick-red ... 9125362729

Cool film, too, although part 2 is my favourite of the ones I've seen (parts 1, 2, 3, and 8).

I suppose this is the first time ever a Toei ninkyo film is released officially in the US? Which is kinda strange considering it was (domestically) one of the most successful genres Japanese cinema ever produced.

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Unread post by DenPryan » 19 Feb 2017, 09:37

What sense to produce only one part of the film series?

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Unread post by HungFist » 19 Feb 2017, 10:43

I think Twilight would go banckrupt if they released all 9. I don't see any problem releasing just one. It's not like the films are connected or feature the same characters. I do kinda wish they had released part 2 instead of part 1, though.

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 19 Feb 2017, 18:13

Arrow have revealed another of their upcoming Toei licenses with Kinji Fukasaku's Cops vs. Thugs 県警対組織暴力(1975), due in stores on May 23rd. Toei BD has been out for a while now (without subs, of course) and Arrow aren't adding any extras worth mentioning (does anybody really watch those "visual essays"?) so I won't be picking it up but it's a cool and stylish flick that very much deserves the wider audience this release no doubt will afford it.

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Unread post by Varrick » 20 Feb 2017, 12:46

Guro Taku wrote: (does anybody really watch those "visual essays"?)
The "visual essay" is a quite frustrating form but the other extra included (interview with Fusakau biographer Sadao Yamane) could be worth of a watch

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Unread post by Guro Taku » 10 Mar 2017, 10:43

HungFist wrote:Toei April. And before anyone asks, no, none of the three Makiguchi films are his (in)famous torture or action movies. I'm also disappointed Toei went the erotic drama path. Oh well, at least I can some some money in April... or rather recover from the series of bankruptcies of the previous months...

らしゃめん(Rashamen) (1977)
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Directed by Yuuji Makiguchi
Starring Haruko Wanibuchi
http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/1977/da002630.htm
http://www.ofdb.de/film/111917,Rashamen
I've been wondering for a long time why this was Makiguchi's final theatrical movie and how it came to be that he only worked in TV (and one crappy V-cinema flick) afterwards. Well, a long interview (literally what it is called) in the Japan Cult Film Collection series' volume on Torn Priestess/Nuns That Bite finally answered that question. The reason is as boring as unfortunate: RASHAMEN was a gigantic box office bomb and the higher ups at Toei promptly decided that Makiguchi was better suited for TV. Never mind that a lot of his previous films were big hits for them. No second chances.

Not that I'm trying to deney that RASHAMEN is a disappointing effort. It isn't poorly made but after an utterly amazing opening credit sequence, the remainder of the film is a weepy melodrama about how much the female protagonists suffers from being made a filthy foreigner's mistress. It wasn't what I was expecting from Makiguchi and it's quite possible that Japanese audiences in 1977 had the same problem.

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Unread post by HungFist » 16 Mar 2017, 05:13

DVD review

Karate Wars (空手大戦争) (1978)

One of the few Japanese karate films made by some other studio than Toei, in this case, Shochiku. The film's production background is actually more interesting than the movie itself. The film was produced by Ikki Kajiwara, the author of the comic books Karate Kiba and Karate for Life, which Toei had made into feature films with Sonny Chiba. It was intended as a starring project for Kajiwara's brother Hisao Maki, who was a student of Masutatsu Oyama. The film failed to make Maki a star (for very obvious reasons) but he would later contribute to cinema as a screenwriter and novelist (e.g. Takashi Miike's Big Bang Love, Juvenile A)

The film was shot in Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand, utilizing many local martial artists. It's also spoken in various languages, including Japanese, English, Chinese and Thai. Unfortunately it's a pretty poor film with an unremarkable storyline about a Japanese martial artist (Maki) who convinced to travel to Hong Kong and Thailand where he fights local fighters. It takes about half an hour before anything happens, but once the film moves to foreign locations it picks up some pace and remains watchable enough thanks to a steady delivery of action. Most of the fights happen when Maki is ambushed time after another on the streets.

Maki is amusingly wooden in the lead role, especially as an actor. His fights suffer from the Steven Seagal syndrome where he barely needs to do anything but walk around and the opponents drop dead. Although there is certain realism to the fight moves, he looks surprisingly slow compared to the likes of Sonny Chiba. While martial arts aficionados may get something out of it, the film is solely lacking in the fun department.

The film was set for a R1 DVD release a decade ago but the company went bankrupt before the disc came out. Shochiku released the film on DVD in Japan (without subs) a few years ago.

Yes, this scene is ridiculous. There's a fight after the wrestler tries to hit on Maki's gal.
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Toei villain Nobuo Kaneko in the middle. You know him from films like Battles without Honor and Humanity.
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Hong Kong
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Screencap makes this fight look better than it is
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Thailand
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Original trailer & teaser. Masutatsu Oyama
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Ikki Kajiwara (left) and Hisao Maki
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"The 3rd film in the Chijo saikyo no karate (The Strongest Karate) series". That's a little confusing since the first two are documentary films, and this is a work of fiction. Also, the title of Karate Wars (Karate daisenso) makes no reference to the Chijo saikyo no karate series. I think the ad team probably came up with that connection just to sell the film. I don't think anyone actually considers it a part of the series.
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