The Great Chase (1975)
aka Karei-naru tsuiseki
Genre: Action | Crime
Country: Japan | Director: Norifumi Suzuki
Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 83mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 863×364 – 23.976fps – 1.29gb
A female plays a race car driver lends her services to the Japanese Secret Service. She goes in pursuit of a cartel of drug runners and assorted Japanese Yakuza types.
Fantastic Norifumi Suzuki actioneer from the golden age of Toei sex and violence. Fans of the Sister Street Fighter series will eat this up, subs or no subs. Bonus points for bear-suit shenanigans, female wrestlers, a funky soundtrack and Norifumi Suzuki’s usual humorous touches a la cross dressing karate nuns.
While the story is pure 70’s Exploitation and Gritty Crime Drama, the best and only reason to see it is for the Martial Arts Action of Shihomi. Shihomi is certainly an enigma in Japanese Action Cinema (a tough as nails female action star who could give Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel from the “Avengers” TV Series a run for her money). While the overall film is pretty standard Toei stuff, the action is over-the-top and at times hilarious (i.e. Shihomi battling the lead criminal atop a moving gondola or Shihomi battling a whip-wielding Catholic Nun). All-in-all a fairly fun film if you’re not expecting anything really deep.