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Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold? (1974)

Goyôkiba: Oni no Hanzô yawahada koban (original title)
After extracting information by raping a ghost, Hanzo uncovers a plot among high officials to steal the shogunate's gold and loan it out to the poor.

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Shintarô Katsu ...
Kô Nishimura ...
Mako Midori ...
Yumi
Mikio Narita ...
Bansaku Tonami
Asao Koike ...
Ishiyama
Etsushi Takahashi ...
Sugino
Daigo Kusano ...
Onibi
Keizô Kanie ...
Mamushi
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Aoi Nakajima ...
Kato's wife
Hiroshi Nawa ...
Hotta
Kei'ichi Noda
Rokkô Toura ...
Kato
Michiko Tsukasa ...
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Akira Yamauchi ...
Takei
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Follow the money. In a time of economic disaster for wage earners, Hanzo discovers a conspiracy among high officials to "borrow" gold from the shogunate's treasury and loan it out to the destitute, including impecunious samurai - exacting either interest payments or family heirlooms from the debtors. Along the way, Hanzo extracts a confession from a ghost using his assaulting methods, foils thieves, connects with Heisuke Takei a friend from his youth, offers protection to a forward-thinking physician Genan Sugino who has defamed his ruler, discovers a pleasure ring of young wives and a blind music teacher, and cuckolds a corrupt official under his very nose. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the shot with a bamboo spear filled with gold pieces flying into the pond, the flight the spear takes is impossible, as the weight of the gold would have flipped it over. See more »

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Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami: A woman ghost? Interesting. Take me there.
Onibi: To see the ghost? Please, don't make us go back.
Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami: What did she look like?
Onibi: Her face was like...
Mamushi: Yeah, her face...
Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami: I want to make love to a ghost once.
Mamushi: To a ghost?
Onibi: Are you serious?
Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami: A man would like it once.
Onibi: Do you mean it?
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More Hanzo madness
16 July 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

This is the final film from the outrageously wacky Hanzo trilogy starring Shintaro Katsu. Who's Got the Gold? (or, as Google Translate calls it, "Honorable Spear-Wielder: Hanzo and the Night of the Oval Demon") is directed by Yoshio Inoue, who's too obscure a director to point out some of his other achievements, and written by Yasuzo Masumura, who directed Hanzo #2.

I personally consider this to be the weakest out of the three films. By now, we all know the shtick and there's plenty of rehash of ideas found in #1 and #2. I swear, you get so accustomed to Hanzo's modus operandi that, by this point, seeing him screw a woman suspended in a large hanging net becomes an ordinary everyday sight.

The movie begins promising, with Hanzo learning of a female ghost (played by Mako Midori from Blind Beast) haunting a swampy area. He shares with us that he had always wanted to f*ck a ghost, and so, through rape, he finds out that she's a fake ghost who's there to scare off the potential lurkers. It appears that there are large stacks of Shogunate gold hidden in the swamp, and that it's all a part of a massive conspiracy between high officials to steal the Shogunate's gold and loan it out to the destitute. Hanzo also meets up with an old friend, shelters a doctor who wants to build a Western cannon to expose Japan's crappy technology, and uncovers a ring of blind monks who have fun with the ladies during the koto instructions.

So, basically, this film goes from a Scooby Doo ghost mystery to a political conspiracy thriller ft. samurai loan sharks, blind monks who lead orgies with the officials' wives, and some good, old fashioned chambara action with a historical comment on Western pressure through military technology. All this with a protagonist who pours hot water over his d*ck and rapes women suspended in hanging nets. The viewing experience is topped off by zen visuals and a funky '70s soundtrack.

The more I think about it, the more this seems like the most bizarre trilogy in existence.


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