7.1/10
297
4 user 6 critic

Hunter in the Dark (1979)

Yami no karyudo (original title)
Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (novel)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Onimasa (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A yakuza melodrama, covering decades in the lives of Boss Onimasa, his adopted daughter Matsue, and his biological daughter Hanako.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume, Akiko Nakamura
Shussho Iwai (1971)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After going to prison for killing the boss of the Kanno gang, a gangster gets released early - only to find that his ex-gang has merged with the Kannos. But with bitter resentments lingering on both sides, bloodshed is bound to begin anew.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Rumi Aiki, Hideyo Amamoto, Noboru Andô
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Shima Iwashita
Hitokiri (1969)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yukio Mishima
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Mikijirô Hira, Gô Katô, Shima Iwashita
Goyôkin (1969)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tamba, Yôko Tsukasa
Bôryoku gai (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A retired yakuza is caught in the middle of a growing conflict between two rival clans.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Noboru Andô, Akira Kobayashi, Isao Natsuyagi
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tetsurô Tamba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijirô Hira
Samurai Wolf (1966)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A charismatic ronin gets snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ryôhei Uchida, Junko Miyazono
Kill! (1968)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Yuriko Hoshi
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata
Chûshingura (1962)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Chûsha Ichikawa, Tatsuya Mihashi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gomyo Kiyoemon
...
Yataro Tanigawa
Ayumi Ishida ...
Oriwa
Keiko Kishi ...
Omon
Ai Kanzaki ...
Osaki
Kayo Matsuo ...
Oren
...
Okitsugu Tanuma (as Tetsurô Tanba)
Hajime Hana ...
Hanba
...
Kuwano
Hideo Murota ...
Hino
Daisuke Mine ...
Someyoshi
Tatsuo Umemiya ...
Kawazu
Mikio Narita ...
Gosun
Makoto Fujita ...
Kasuke
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Shiba
Edit

Storyline

Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but finds his boss's enemies almost overwhelming. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 June 1979 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Hunter in the Dark  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A lot of famous faces, mediocre story
5 January 1999 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

A lot of famous faces. Fun to watch "Sonny" Chiba on home turf. And isn't that "Tiger Tanaka" with the bald wig? Nakadai Tatsuya as expected puts in most of the acting force. Some obligatory blood sprays, one amputated arm, but not really sufficient for the true "chambara" aficianado. Kishi Keiko is uninspiring. Ayumi Ishida makes a good effort despite being a pop singer just turned actress. Watch out for the camerman, he's determined to make you dizzy. The music? A little cheesy. In fact different music might have changed the entire tone of the film. Leaves one with the question; "Did they really have strip joints like that in 18th century Edo?".


6 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?