Film review: Sister Street Fighter

Sister Street Fighter was released in 1974. It tells the story of Li Koryu (if you’re watching it dubbed into English her name is Tina), whose brother is the “top champion of the Shorinji school of martial arts”.

Only one problem – he’s gone missing! He was working undercover for the police, attempting to break a drug smuggling ring, and he’s been captured.

Tina must go on a mission to save him from the evil drug lord.

Who of course has his own army of highly trained martial artists. Cue a ridiculous number of hilarious fight scenes.

Sister Street Fighter, directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, starring Etsuko Shihomi

I particularly enjoyed the martial arts ballet dancers.

After battling across Yokohama, recruiting help from family and friends, taking refuge briefly in the Shorinji school dojo, and escaping death by the skin of her teeth, will she rescue her brother? Or will betrayal from an unlikely source be her downfall?

“The ideal of the Shorinji school is the unity of power and love. Shorinji is the embodiment of physical strength and zen spirit. Defence of the self is secondary. Your physical power and the power to love are one and the same.” – Sister Street Fighter, directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

I also enjoyed the scenes around the 15 minute mark, where Tina goes to the Shorinji school dojo. The students there were practicing, and I enjoyed recognising the techniques they were using.

Sister Street Fighter, directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

Who is this film for?

For those who just love crazy fight scenes and aren’t worried whether the plot actually makes sense, this is a great film.

If you’re interested in a strong female lead who isn’t afraid to kick some bad guys to hell and back, but also has emotions, you’ll also enjoy this film.

Published by Nicola Higgins

Nicola Higgins is a 30-something* martial artist, Girlguiding Brownie and Ranger Leader, and actuary. She somehow also finds time to read, fuss her cat, and occasionally spends time with her husband. * please note that "ten or more" is still something.

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