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Credited cast:
Masahiro Takashima ...
Jigoku Gokurakumaru
Narumi Yasuda ...
Teppo Yuri
Mikijirô Hira ...
King of Zipang
Haruko Wanibuchi ...
Bengaru ...
Shirô Sano ...
Chiyonosuke Azuma ...
Mikio Narita
Michiru Akiyoshi ...
Shu Ken ...
Yukio Yamato ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teru ...
(as Teruhiko Uragami)


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Release Date:

27 January 1990 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Zipang  »

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Jigoku's swords are numbered 1-9, but you don't get to see all of them, in order of use they are... sword no 7 - 17 kills (long samurai sword) sword no.6 - 12 kills (2 daggers in single scabbard) sword no.5 - 12 kills (long handle short sword that fires blade) sword no.4 - 22 kills (sword with scabbard that attaches to handle) sword no.3 - 1 kill (long very flexible sword) sword no.1 - 52 kills (very long samurai sword) sword number 9 - 1 kill (Large curved, wide bladed scimitar) another sword of his is seen, a large samurai sword with a spinning top on the hilt. Jigoku kills 146 people throughout the movie. See more »


Spoofs The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) See more »

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Excellent tribute and unique variation on the best fantasy sword films from Asia
12 May 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This one has much of a debt to pay to the crazy magic sword epics of the Shaw brothers as well as the great samurai films of the sixties and seventies. A band of "outlaws" chance on a treasure that reveals the way to Zipang, the mythical land of gold. They inadvertently resurrect a wild man who looks like he's a Japanese Samoan. The treasure is coveted by the Shogun so he sends his army of blue ninjas after them. There's also Yuri, the Pistol Girl who's after the leader of the outlaws for the reward.

The list of crazy stuff that occurs is long but it's delivered in a well-directed and beautifully photographed package that doesn't skip on incredible fight scenes and a great music track. There are two long one-take fight scenes that have to seen. Almost nobody does those anymore. The army of ninjas is an army of ninjas, there are dozens of ninja actors. The lead actors are all great for this kind of entertainment. The art direction is also very good. There are a couple of gory sword stabbing and a touch of Lone Wolf style blood spurting but mostly the violence is bloodless.

Much better then I expected. Recommended if you are not in the mood for reality.

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