“DOBERMAN COP”— Detective for Hire

“Doberman Cop” (“Doberuman deka”)

Detective for Hire

Amos Lassen

Jiri Kano (Sonny Chiba) is a small town detective from Okinawa who has been hired by a woman who wants him to find her daughter Yuna who disappeared five years ago. When a prostitute’s body is burned beyond recognition in an apparent arson the police says that this body is the missing girl’s. Unconvinced that this is the girl Jiro starts to investigate on his own.

One day the police needed Jiro’s help when a madman was holding, Miki, a pop star, prisoner in an apartment on the fortieth floor. Miki looks like the missing girl Yuna and when Jiro presses her about her identity the Yakuza who are in charge of her career put up obstacles in his way to convince him otherwise. The question remains as to whether this is the girl who Jiro has been looking and has now put his life in danger by crossing the Yakuza?

Jiro is like a fish out of water as his rural upbringings clashes with the way big city folks do things. Early on it is apparent that this is not a typical Yakuza films as Chiba’s character carries around a pig in a sack a pig. The pig pops up throughout the film at the most opportune times. We learn that Jiro brought the pig from Okinawa to give the police department as a present. When they refuse to take the pig, it becomes Chiba’s personal pet.

The action is more in the style of bar brawls then that of expert martial artists. It is the rawness of the fighting choreography that helps us understand the simple character of Jiro. In the course of events, Chiba learns that the bikers, hookers, & small-time crooks of Tokyo are the “real” people, the best people, while the yakuza big shots & the police are equally to be mistrusted. As a cop himself, he is in a rather ambiguous position, but sides ultimately with society’s riffraff. The girl he came to take back to Okinawa should be turned over to the police, but he would rather take her home.


– High Definition digital transfer

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

– Original uncompressed mono audio

– New optional English subtitle translation

Beyond the Film: Doberman Cop, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane

– New video interview with actor Shinichi ‘Sonny’ Chiba

– New video interview with screenwriter Koji Takada

– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s book featuring new writing on the films by Patrick Macias and Tom Mes.

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