Karate Kiba or Bodyguard Kiba (ボディガード牙) is a martial-arts film starring Sonny Chiba, released in 1973 and based on an action manga by Ikki Kajiwara.
A recut version was released in the U.S. in 1976 as The Bodyguard, with added footage in the first ten minutes of the film.
There were two more movie adaptations made in 1993 and 1995 by Takashi Miike in the beginning of his career.
"Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to come forward and provide information about the drug lords' activities. He is soon approached by a mysterious woman claiming to have important information and asking for Chiba's protection. She seems to be legitimate, but is she really what she appears to be?"
The American version of the film opens with a quote:
"The path of the righteous man and defender is beset on all...