The Executioner

release year: 1974
genre: action/drama
viewing setting: home DVD, 9/16/18

synopsis: "When regular police procedure fails, an ex-police captain recruits a ragtag group of convicts to take down a deadly group of drug smugglers." (from the DVD case)

impressions: That sounded so good, didn't it? Assemble a crack team of bad guys to take down bigger bad guys. Where did it go wrong? First, one member of the team was apparently completely useless. Maybe a second - the girl didn't seem to do anything except lead the other guy on, to no end. Another thing was the confusing plots this crew came up with - some of what they did made little or no sense. I only had this movie because it came in a 3-pack which I had to buy to acquire Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon.

acting: I don't feel right commenting on this, due to the language/translation issue. Sonny Chiba was the main fighting guy, some kind of ninja who seemed to get all the jobs involving beating the crap out of someone.

final word: Worth seeing once, for the numerous fighting scenes, but overall, it's not Chiba's finest work.

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