a new sonny chiba dvd collection is coming out, the SONNY CHIBA COLLECTION by ventura entertainment.
this is what i read at newyorktimes.com:
The Sonny Chiba Collection
Sonny Chiba is the Japanese martial arts star who achieved a certain grunting notoriety in American action houses in the 1970’s for his unbelievably brutal “Street Fighter” series. He has made a comeback recently, thanks to his gruffly funny cameo appearance as the aged sword maker in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films. The independent DVD distributor Ventura has stepped forward with four films starring Mr. Chiba, including the unforgettably titled “Karate Bullfighter” (1975), which features the power-chopping Mr. Chiba punching out a mad bull that is charging through the streets of a Japanese village. The film, directed in a psychedelic swirl of zoom shots by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, was the first in a series of three devoted to the life and times of Mr. Chiba’s karate mentor, the international champion Masutatsu Oyama, whose hardscrabble life had been mythologized in a series of comic books.
The two subsequent Oyama films, “Karate Bear Fighter” (1975) and “Karate for Life” (1977), are also in the Ventura collection, as is Noribumi Suzuki’s more classical and controlled “Killing Machine” (1975), which, oddly enough, tells the story of Oyama’s chief rival for martial arts fame in Japan, Doshin So. (I am indebted to Patrick Macias’s liner notes for this information.) Depicting So as a Japanese soldier whose loyalty to the empire did not end with World War II, “Killing Machine” is a fascinating and disturbingly nationalistic account of the postwar chaos in Japan. It seems to be up to So to defend Japanese womanhood, singlehanded, against several invading armies of ethnically objectionable would-be rapists, and the sequence in which he beats the stuffing out of a pair of American occupation soldiers is not without frightening echoes of the current situation in Iraq. $19.99. Not rated.
if you search at amazon.com you will find 2 or 3 dvds of that name, meaning they will sell those movies individually. amazon.com has currently no picture of the box