by Chris MaGee
We have more than a few friends who own and operate video stores, so the deluge of online streaming of films by various companies, from NetFlix through Japan Flix, sometimes gets us a little down. Still, the march of progress can't be halted cold, and more and more films are finding their way online, and legally to boot. The latest case in point are a slew of classic Sonny Chiba films that are being made available via the Goohead Internet Channel.
According to Sci-fi Japan the channel is offering eight films starring Chiba, all of which can be streamed for free. These include 1974's "The Executioner" (above) directed by Teruo Ishii, 1977's "Karate Bullfighter", "Karate Bearfighter" and "Karate for Life" all directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, "Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment" directed by Yukio Noda (also from '77), 1975's "The Bullet Train" directed by Junya Sato, as well as 1978's "Shogun's Samurai" and 1980's "Virus" both directed by Kinji Fukasaku.
If you have to brush up on your Sonny Chiba films then we can't think of a better way to do it... especially in the case of "The Bullet Train", one of our favorite 70's action films here at the J-Film Pow-Wow. Head to Goohead to start that refresher...