|Directed by||Tatsuichi Takamori
Simon Nuchtern (US footage)
|Produced by||Susumu Yoshikawa
Terry Levene (US footage)
|Written by||Comic Book:
1976 (American release)
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?"
The American version of the film opens with a quote:
"The path of the righteous man and defender is beset on all sides by the iniquity of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper, and the father of lost children. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious anger, who poison and destroy my brothers; and they shall know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard when I shall lay my vengeance upon them!" [Ezekiel 25:17]
An altered version of the same passage (mainly substituting "I am Chiba the Bodyguard" with "my name is the Lord"), complete with false attribution to Ezekiel by the character of Jules in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction.
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