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Dragon Princess (1976) - beautifully choreographed karate

Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess (1976) sees martial arts star Etsuko Shihomi playing Chiba's daughter, Yumi Higaki. When Yumi was very young, she and her father were attacked by a rival karate master, who deprived her father of one of his eyes. He moved them to New York for their protection and raised Yumi up to become a karate expert herself. One of the film's earliest scenes finds father and daughter training on a snowy rooftop. The falling snow, panning camera, and use of neon lights flashing against a nearby wall makes for one very beautiful and very evocative fight sequence. Though the film's plot is quite silly, the expertly choreographed fights are reason enough to check this one out.

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