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Karate for Life

1977 1h 31m Action List
Reviews 59% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
A martial artist (Sonny Chiba) and his friend compete in corrupt, underground competitions. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member This time around Oyama has finally run out of animals to fight and is instead set against crooked fight promoters and their slimy criminal cohorts. It's another fun film, watchable and doesn't over stay its welcome. Well worth your rental. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Go find a bear or ox to fight Oyama is a renowned martial arts expert that travels his countryside drinking and taking on all challengers; however, when a fight tournament against foreigners that offers to pay him money and represent the country, he enters the tournament. Once in the tournament he discovers corruption and manipulation that he can't tolerate. "His days were filled with booze and bar room brawls...but he couldn't forget his love for karate." Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, director of Karate Bullfighter, Karate Bear Fighter, Karate Warriors, Sister Street Fighter, and Tokyo Bad Girls, delivers Karate for Life. The storyline for this picture is just mediocre for the genre; however, the action scenes are excellent and Chiba is brilliant as the lead character. The acting was solid for the genre and the cast includes Sonny Chiba, Kojiro Hongo, and Hideo Murota. "Who are you?" "I am Oyama...karate fighter extraordinaire." Karate for Life is the final film in a trilogy that includes Karate Bear Fighter and Karate Bull Fighter. I adored all three films but found this picture my least favorite in the trilogy. I loved the mirror scene which was later stolen by Bruce Lee for Game of Death and Arnold in Conan: The Destroyer. Overall, this is a solid movie that is worthwhile to fans of the genre. "There is no end to my way or karate." Grade: B- Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The title of the film says it all. Karate for Life contains fight scenes strong enough (especially a must-see dojo scene) to elevate it to classic status, so as long as you forgive its uneven story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A great, fun movie. The action draws you in, even though the music sounds like it was made by some Japanese dude on acid and it jumps around like a lot of kung fu movies. Nonetheless, an entertaining movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member not bad chiba movie but there are better, "he is karate numba 1, and this guy is judo numba 1", it funny when japanese people randomly say things in english, as with the other trilogy movies in this series, sad story Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member fights are cool, and the names they give the wrestling moves had me rolling on the ground in laughter. its so cheesy its great. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A martial artist (Sonny Chiba) and his friend compete in corrupt, underground competitions.
Director
Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Genre
Action
Original Language
Japanese
Runtime
1h 31m