29 November 2020 | seveb-25179
Doberuman Deka (= Doberman Detective)
Sonny Chiba is back in action and this time he has brought along his pet pig! I kid you not, Okinawa country-cop Chiba arrives in Tokyo looking to rescue an attractive island girl gone wild in the big bad city, carrying with him an adolescent pig in a duffle bag (to be eaten or released in order to create confusion as required). He also gets to wield the mighty S&W Mangum .44 and deliver the line "It's a .44 Magnum, the biggest handgun in the world" which he later puts to good use, wasting numerous bad guys along the way. Some people criticize the camera work in this one (and in Japanese action movies in general); however, apart from some dodgy hand held camera work from the back of a motorcycle at one point, I found it to be fine. In fact, I disagree with those who praise Hong Kong movies over these, as I think the techniques used here are much closer how modern movies film action than the more "TV style" efforts of Hong Kong. The Japanese are trying to create impactful cinematic experience for the audience, not a documentary of martial artists showing off their technical prowess. Some suggest there is not enough action, but again this is a "police procedural" not a pure "kung-fu" film, and there is as much action in this as in any Clint Eastwood or Charles Bronson movie from the same time-period. This one has a more complex emotional story than some Chiba vehicles, but the action, a mix of fights and shoot 'em ups, is plentiful and well filmed in my opinion. If you love Chiba you'll like "Doberman Cop".