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Sora-te baka ichidai (Karate For Life) Reviews

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½ June 16, 2011
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.
½ April 20, 2011
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-
January 15, 2010
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.
September 5, 2008
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.
July 27, 2008
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
½ April 14, 2008
fights are cool, and the names they give the wrestling moves had me rolling on the ground in laughter. its so cheesy its great.
October 1, 2007
Kyokushinkai ... osu!
September 8, 2007
AMAZING MOVIE! Watch the beginning where he fights literally a hundred guys. The fighting is so raw and realistic in this.
August 3, 2007
Sonny Chiba kicks the shit out of a hundred guys at the same time. He also covers himself in oil and fights pro wrestlers.
½ July 9, 2007
The last of the trilogy. Awesome, but the same as the others.
June 15, 2007
watch in marathon form along with Karate Bullfighter and Karate Bearfighter. The holy Sonny Chiba trilogy
June 9, 2007
This movie could have been better, but I'll have to say it was pretty damn good still. This movie continues the story of Oyama as he takes his karate on the road to Okinawa with a wrestler and the top Judo champion in Japan. Antics ensue from his way of karate and he ends up beating some bad men senseless in the process. His character is really likable in this movie, as he again displays compassion and true grit with the way a man should be. The final fight sequence was almost completely ripped from Enter the Dragon though, so expect "something" familiar at the end. ;)
June 7, 2007
MAS OYAMA!! Great movie
Super Reviewer
May 18, 2007
it has my name in it! =O
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