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can anyone recommend some good kurata films for me?

Thanks.

one by one

kung fu the invisible fist (tiger vs dragon)

which is stronger karate or tiger

fists of vengeance

kung fu inferno

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JU-JITU (2010, aka. Ju-jitu vs. Karate) Kurata was already in his '60s when this Japanese film was made, but still kicks ass in a major way in two big fight scenes. Sadly this film is not currently available with subtitles. But the story is easy to follow, and the action is superb.

HEROES OF THE EAST (1978, aka. Challenge of the Ninja; Shaolin Challenges Ninja) Though he's not the star, Kurata gives an exciting performance as the Ninjitsu expert among a group of martial artists challenging Gordon Liu's kung fu expert in this Shaw Brothers classic.

FIST OF LEGEND (1994) Once again he is only a co-star here. But his role as a wise older sensei that battles, and in some ways, schools Jet Li's Chen Zhen, is a standout!

THE MAGNIFICENT 3 (aka. The Magnificent Three, 1979) Kurata, (fellow real-life Japanese karate master) Tadashi "Bronson Lee" Yamashita, and Chinese kung fu man Tony Poon Kin-Kwan team up to kick the shit out of everyone that gets in their way. Excellent fight action.

FIGHT! DRAGON TV Series, One Season, 26 Episodes (197?) Kurata is the star of this fun action series, and battles Bolo and many other foes. This series was released in a nice R1 DVD set a few years ago and can be found for quite cheap on eBay.

LITTLE GODFATHER (1974, aka. Little Godfather From Hong Kong; Godfather of Hong Kong; Godfather Squad; Hong Kong Godfather; Kung Fu Executioners) Kurata is the main villain in this modern day (well, if you consider the '70s modern day :xd:) fight flick, and he and star Bruce Leung trade some killer kicks with their platform shoes!

Hope that helps. Enjoy! :bigsmile:

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Thanks, everyone!

FIGHT! DRAGON TV Series, One Season, 26 Episodes (197?) Kurata is the star of this fun action series, and battles Bolo and many other foes. This series was released in a nice R1 DVD set a few years ago and can be found for quite cheap on eBay.

Checked out a few clips of this on YouTube and immediately ordered the DVD! :xd:

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FIGHT! DRAGON TV Series, One Season, 26 Episodes (197?) Kurata is the star of this fun action series, and battles Bolo and many other foes. This series was released in a nice R1 DVD set a few years ago and can be found for quite cheap on eBay.

I just took KFBob's advise and picked this up on ebay, looking forward to it.

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I'm always happy to see Kurata pop up - he made a huge impression in some early Shaws (a splendid non-fighting villain in Four Riders) and helped make V.I.P. a good watch for me.

 

Will have to track down more of his work once finances are sorted. 

 

 

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Saw him last night in The Wrath of Vajra (2013) ... Amano Kawao.

 

倉田保昭
Kurata Yasuaki  ♂

 

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5th-dan in karate, 3rd-dan in judo, and 2nd-dan in aikido. Currently runs his own production company, Kurata Promotions, in Japan.

 

GD Y-Y

Aliases:  Shoji Kurata,  Bruce Lo,  Shoji Karada,  Yasuaki Kurata,  Cang-Tian Bao-Zhao,  Akira Kurata,  Yasuki Kurata,  David Kurata,  Shoji Karata,  Yasuaki Kurada,  Shoji Karata San,  Kudata Yatruaki,  Kulada Yasuaki

Born: March 20th, 1946

 

 
Filmography (1972-2013)
 
 Producer (1 film)
  Bloodfight (1989)  
 
 Actor (66 films)
  Tiger (1972)  
  The Good and the Bad (1972) ... Cpt. Jai Tai 
  Prodigal Boxer (1972) ... Iron Hand Tan 
  The King of Boxers (1972) ... Tu Pien (Japanese) 
  Angry Guest (1972) ... Katsu 
  Four Riders (1972) ... Lei Tai 
  Black Panther (1973)  
  Unsubdued Furies (1973)  
  Gold Snatchers (1973) ... Old Fox's brother 
  Rage of the Wind (1973) ... Taka 
  The Flying Tiger (1973)  
  Ferocious to Ferocious (1973)  
  Kung Fu Inferno (1973)  
  Fists of Vengeance (1973)  
  One by One (1973) ... Ralph 
  A Girl Called Tigress (1973)  
  Fist of Unicorn (1973) ... Sun 
  Seven to One (1973)  
  Win Them All (1973) ... Iron Fingers 
  A Gathering of Heroes (1973)  
  Knight Errant (1973) ... Tetsuro 
  Call Me Dragon (1974) ... Pao Chi Tao 
  The Rangers (1974) ... Chang Piao 
  Fists for Revenge (1974)  
  Little Godfather from Hong Kong (1974) ... Sakada 
  Brother Two (1974)  
  The Golden Triangle (1975)  
  The Fighting Dragon (1975) ... Lung Yen Fei 
  The Prodigal Boxer (II) (1976)  
  The Secret of the Shaolin Poles (1977) ... Ryunokai Daisai 
  Chinese Connection 2 (1977)  
  Edge of Fury (1978) ... Boss Gam 
  Heroes of the East (1978) ... Takeno 
  The Magnificent 3 (1980)  
  Innocence (1980)  
  Seed of Evil (1980)  
  Hard Man (1980)  
  Return of the Deadly Blade (1981) ... Lonely Winner 
  Shanghai Massacre (1981)  
  Ninja in the Deadly Trap (1981)  
  The Legend of the Owl (1981)  
  Legend of a Fighter (1982) ... Teacher Kong Ho San 
  A Life of Ninja (1983) ... Iga Ninja leader 
  Crisis (1983) ... Chairman Sun Shao Hung 
  Impossible Woman (1983) ... Chao's guard 
  Aces Go Places II (1983) ... Bull 
  To Catch a Thief (1984)  
  Ninja Thunderbolt (1984) ... [TO CATCH A THIEF footage] 
  Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985) ... Parachute assassin 
  A Book of Heroes (1986) ... Oshima Yamashita 
  The Millionaires' Express (1986) ... Japanese ninja 
  The Seventh Curse (1986) ... Captain Ho 
  Eastern Condors (1987) ... Vietnamese captain 
  Carry On Hotel (1988)  
  Bloodfight (1989) ... Kai Masahiko 
  Zodiac Killers (1991) ... Ishikawa [cameo] 
  Fist of Legend (1994) ... Fumio Funakoshi 
  Conman in Tokyo (2000) ... Tetsuo 
  Dark War (2001) ... Cheng 
  So Close (2002) ... Master 
  Anna in Kungfu-land (2003) ... Sword Shek 
  Dragon Get Angry (2005)  
  Shinjuku Incident (2009) ... Togawa Tora 
  Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) ... Tsuyoshi Chikaraishi 
  The Last Tycoon (2012) ... Major General Nishino 
  The Wrath of Vajra (2013) ... Amano Kawao 
GD-YY
 
 
 
 
  
Edited by GOLDEN DRAGON YIN-YANG

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Click on the link below for my thoughts on Yusuaki Kurata's role in Fist Of Legend(1994), along with a whole host of other Kurata related reviews, by fellow forums members.

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Partial update to the Yasuaki Kurata filmography:

God of War (2017)... Commander Kumasawa (movie available from Well Go USA)

Manhunt (2017)... Hideo Sakaguchi (latest movie directed by John Woo)

Iceman 2 (2018)  (this sequel to the 2014 Iceman movie has been completed for a 2018 Chinese release) 

Future Fighters... Mikoto (scifi movie in pre-production for 2018)

Edited by whitesnake

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Here's an old review of mine, from back July 2015, of the Chan Sing/Yasuaki Kurata classic, Kung Fu The Invisible Fist.

Re-posted for new Kung Fu Fandom followers', who might be interested in this older ramble, click on the link below, thank you.

 

 

 

 

Duel of the ultimate weapons, Chan Sing and Yusuaki Kurate are evenly matched opponents, in this intense scene, from the finale.

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Edited by DragonClaws

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1 hour ago, NoKUNGFUforYU said:

Look at that hair! Dude is old, but he's got a great mop!

 

Too right, some many stars his age, either have a rug on their head, or go for the shaved looked.

 

 

 

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