When Kinji Fukasaku and Sonny Chiba come together, sparks WILL FLY. Based on the manga by Buronson and Shinji Hiramatsu, DOBERMAN COP is a one-of-a-kind cop movie featuring Chiba as tough-as-nails Joji Kano from Okinawa, who is investigating a savage murder in Tokyo’s nightlife scene.
A prime example of Fukasaku’s trademark kinetic style, this film is one brutal encounter after another as Joji takes on all kinds of lowlifes from Tokyo: bikers, drug pushers, the yakuza. Unknowingly, they all run into this brute of a man who is seemingly naive, but who, as the title more than implies, won’t relinquish his bear-trap grip.
Settling between Fukasaku’s masterpiece of a series “Battles Without Honor and Humanity,” DOBERMAN COP is yakuza genre elevated to art form. His stylish vignette of a moment in time and the hoodlums who inhabit it is unmatched and the way he incorporates the many idiosyncrasies of the manga into the script reveals a genuine love for what he’s creating and a reverence to the source material.
With Kinji Fukasaku’s regulars filling out the secondary cast to create an impressive array of Japan’s who’s who of actors and Sonny Chiba at one of his most charismatic peaks, DOBERMAN COP is a fast-paced, crazily-violent, incredibly deep and stupendously entertaining ride through territory that Fukasaku still owns to this day.
Folks, it’s “VIVA CHIBA” at Beyond Fest! Do not miss the chance to see the martial arts legend on the big screen, where his larger-than-life characters will tear your eyes out if you look at them the wrong way! A pure shot of adrenaline to the heart, delivered with the force of a chest kick.
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Egyptian Theatre: Hulu Screen