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Doberman Cop – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Kinji Fukasaku is probably best known for his Battles without Honor and Humanity and New Battles without Honor and Humanity series and, perhaps, for Battle Royale, made shortly before his death. Shin’ichi “Sonny” Chiba may be best known for his violent karate Street Fighter series here in the U.S. The prolific director and actor teamed up numerous times to make some truly classic Japanese action fare, but Doberman Cop, lensed during a time when Japanese cinema was undergoing massive change, was not a huge hit for the duo.

Like dozens of other films in the seventies, Doberman Cop (1977) got its start not as a screenplay but as a popular manga (or gekiga, a darker, more realistically-drawn and adult-oriented form of manga) that was then turned into a film. While yakuza films had been immensely popular for many years, their popularity was on a downturn

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