Miike Collection Action & Adventure

Includes:Bodyguard Kiba (1993) Bodyguard Kiba 2: Apocalypse of Carnage (1994) Family 2 (2001) Family (2001) Bodyguard Kiba This slam-bang outing from Sonny Chiba is a good example of how Eastern genre fare was packaged and marketed for American release. The Bodyguard was originally known as Bodyguard Kiba (not Karate Kiba as some sources claim) and was based upon a comic book by Ikki Kajiwara. In the film version, Chiba plays a tough bodyguard named Kiba who vows to wipe out the drug trafficking in Japan and offers his services to anyone who can give him information on who runs the drug trade. His offer is taken by a young lady on the run from some criminals and soon discovers she has a secret agenda that will lead him right into his enemy's den. The film was released in the U.S. in 1976 and featured a new prologue sequence produced by American distributor Terry Levene that features a pair of martial artists discussing Sonny Chiba and his whereabouts while showing off their skills. It also changed Kiba's named to Chiba and added bible-quoting opening titles that would later inspire a famous scene in Pulp Fiction. The end result became a favorite at American grindhouses and stands alongside The Streetfighter as one of the best-known Chiba vehicles to Western fans. ~ Donald Guarisco, All Movie Guide Bodyguard Kiba 2: Apocalypse of Carnage When a young karate student attempts to earn some extra cash by serving as bodyguard to a high-profile Hong Kong woman, the initial distraction of her beauty soon gives way to razor sharp focus as a series of attackers descend upon the pair in a tense tale of criminal excess from tireless Ichi the Killer director Takashi Miike. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Family 2 Takashi Miike's Family, Part 2 continues the tale of the yakuza gangster named Hideshi, who must uncover the identity of the man who killed a powerful crime boss. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide Family Acclaimed director Takashi Miike explores a different kind of family dynamic with this adaptation of Hisao Maki's popular manga following the story of two rival yazuka clans engaged in a bloody battle for underworld supremacy. Notorious hit man Lightning Takeshi has been recruited to take out a powerful mobster, though his contract is compromised when an unidentified woman identifies him before the job is completed. Now forced into hiding along with his family, Takeshi must avoid the wrath of the vengeful rival clan while attempting to come to terms with his growing feelings for the frightened female witness. As the bullets begin to fly, inverterate grudges begin simmering to a boil, and longtime loyalties are put to the ultimate test. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Released - Tuesday, December 15 , 2009
  • Distributed by - Tokyo Shock
  • MPAA Rating - NR