Shin Karate Jigoku-hen

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Synonyms: Shin Karate Jigokuhen, Shin Karate Jigoku Hen
Japanese: 新・カラテ地獄変


Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 1, 1990 to Dec 21, 1990
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Hibari, Deck
Source: Unknown
Genre: ActionAction
Theme: Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Duration: 48 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 5.591 (scored by 158158 users)
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Ranked: #110882
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Popularity: #14397
Members: 664
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A returning veteran and karateka from WW2 starts working for the yakuza, looking for a man strong enough to kill him. After becoming karate champion, he joins an Italian woman who is looking for revenge against the nazis who killed her family.


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Kajiwara, Ikki
Original Creator
Uchida, Yoshiyuki
Art Director
Nakajou, Kentarou
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Apr 6, 2023
Based on a manga written by Kajiwara Ikki, well-known for Ashita no Joe. What most western people have no idea is the fact Ikki was a revolutionary gekiga artist on writing absurd works depicting harsh reality, with poverty and cruelty on focus. I have no idea how this OVA adapted the original manga, since these rental-VHS-only releases are specially awful, but the results are such of a masterpiece of ultimately trashy anime. It starts very idiotic then gets over-the-top brutal and nihilist, without losing its cheap charm. You have a cheesy karate and yakuza plot conflicting with WW2 and italian/nazi political themes. Eventually you'll find ...
Mar 16, 2022
This is pretty dire.

Watching the protagonist slip from one group of horrible people to another, witnessing brutal acts of sick violence and desperate vengeance, starts to feel a little nihilistic. Suicide, murder, torture, sexual assault, racism—this OVA plumbs the depths of the worst things humans can do to each other, so much so that our karate champ often wonders why humans can be so depraved. As a viewer, I started to wonder what the moviemakers were trying to get at. Why tell this story in this way? It's certainly not subtle. In some ways the OVA seemed to bump against the edge of exploitation, ...


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