GenreAction, Crime, Drama Running time1h 27m ScreenplayIkki Kajiwara CountryJapan
Simon Nuchtern (US footage) WriterIkki Kajiwara (screenplay) Release date1973
1976 (American release) Initial releaseAugust 6, 1976 (West Germany) DirectorsRyuichi Takamori, Simon Nuchtern CastSonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, Jirô Chiba, Saburo Date Similar moviesSurvivor, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, The Streetfighter, 47 Ronin, The Last Samurai, 13 Assassins
TaglineSonny Chiba, hired to kill... If his kick doesn't get you... his fatal fist will!
Karate Kiba or Bodyguard Kiba(ボディガード牙) is a martial-arts film starring Sonny Chiba, released in 1973 and based on an action manga by Ikki Kajiwara.
A recut version was released in the U.S. in 1976 as The Bodyguard, with added footage in the first ten minutes of the film.
There were two more movie adaptations made in 1993 and 1995 by Takashi Miike in the beginning of his career.
"Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to come forward and provide information about the drug lords' activities. He is soon approached by a mysterious woman claiming to have important information and asking for Chiba's protection. She seems to be legitimate, but is she really what she appears to be?"
On November 20, 2007, BCI Eclipse released the film in their Sonny Chiba Collection DVD set, which also includes Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon, The Bullet Train, Dragon Princess, Karate Warriors, and Sister Street Fighter.