This time from Japan…

GOLDEN BAT
Golden Bat is in many ways typical of the type of films Sonny Chiba appeared in before he became an international action star. Under a long term contract with Toei Studios, he racked up an impressive slate of low budget B movies during the sixties, a good number of kiddie-themed science fiction films among them. His turn as Iron Sharp in Invasion of the Neptune Men, as well as his starring roles in the Toei TV series Nanairo Kamen and Ala-no Shishai, also made him a veteran of the costumed hero Tokusatsu genre of which Golden Bat is squarely a part — though in Golden Bat he was, for once, spared having to be the guy in the silly super hero costume. This might have provided a nice break for Chiba, -but it also results in a rare instance in which the charismatic and energetic Chiba is rendered relatively low-key by all that is going on around him.



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