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Hitokiri (1969)

 -  Action | Drama | History  -  February 1970 (USA)
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A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer.

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Izo Okada
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Hanpeita Takechi
Yukio Mishima ...
Shinbei Tanaka
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Ryoma Sakamoto
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Onimo
Takumi Shinjo ...
Minakawa
Noboru Nakaya ...
Kintoki Anegakoji
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Jin'ichirô Andô
Takeshi Date ...
Rônin patrol leader
Tatsuo Fujimori
Ren Fukuyama
Kin'ichi Hagimoto
Ken Hatano
Jirô Higashioo
Sôtarô Ibuki
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Izo Okada, a ronin (masterless samurai), desperately seeks a way out of his financial straits. He allies himself with the Tosa clan under the ruthless leader, Takechi, and imagines that he has come up in the world. But Takechi makes Izo a killer and a puppet, filled with self-loathing and a need to stop Takechi. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Yukio Mishima's character commits seppuku and one year later, Mishima himself will commit the same way of ritual suicide. See more »

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See it if you ever get the chance!
25 February 2000 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best of the genre. I saw it twice about 25yrs ago and have not had another opportunity to see it again since then. It rivals the Zatoichi series (also starring Katsu) in exciting swordplay.


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