Champion of Death

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Kenka karate kyokushinken
Champion of Death
Champion of Death.jpg
Theatrical poster to the U.S. release of Champion of Death
Directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Written by Norifumi Suzuki
Starring Sonny Chiba
Yumi Takigawa
Mikio Narita
Jirô Chiba
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • August 9, 1975 (1975-08-09) (Japan)
  • March 1977 (1977-03) (U.S.)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Champion Of Death (けんか空手 極真拳?, Kenka karate kyokushinken, literal translation: Fighting Karate-Ultimate Truth Fist), also known as Karate Bullfighter, is a Japanese martial arts film made by the Toei Company in 1975. It was the first in a trilogy of films based on the manga Karate Baka Ichidai (literal translation: A Karate-Crazy Life), a manga based on Masutatsu Oyama's life by Ikki Kajiwara, Jiro Tsunoda and Jōya Kagemaru. Sonny Chiba stars as his former master Oyama who was the founder of Kyokushin karate. Chiba would reprise this role in two more films Karate Bearfighter (1975), and Karate for Life (1977).


Korean descent Japanese karate master who tries to prove that his karate is better than the modern "dance" karate. Based on Mas Oyama portrayed by student and actor Sonny Chiba.


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