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The Silent Stranger (1968)

Lo straniero di silenzio (original title)
PG | | Western | 20 June 1975 (USA)
An American gunfighter is tasked with delivering a valuable scroll to a man in Japan, and becomes embroiled in a war between two samurai clans.


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Cast overview:
The Stranger
Lloyd Battista ...
The American
Kin Ômae ...
Matori (as Kin Omae)
Kanji Ohara
Kyôichi Satô ...
(as Sato)
Yoshio Nukano


An American gunfighter is tasked with delivering a valuable scroll to a man in Japan, and becomes embroiled in a war between two samurai clans.

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Between two armies of samurai knights, there stands one man alone... THE SILENT STRANGER. See more »




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20 June 1975 (USA)  »

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Samurai on a Horse  »

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Did You Know?


Thanks to a dispute between producer Allen Klein and MGM, the film was shelved and did not open in the U.S. until 1975, seven years after it was produced. See more »


The Stranger ask to be paid for the scroll in Ryo in 1884 Japan. Ryo was abolished as being use as a currency unit in Japan after the Meiji Restoration of 1871 and replaced by the Yen. See more »


Follows A Stranger in Town (1967) See more »

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Stranger In A Strange Land
12 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You gotta hand it to Tony Anthony. The man definitely thought outside of the box. Not content with recycled "revenge for a slaughtered family" or "gang of vicious thugs control a town" plots.......he co-wrote & starred in a series of films as "The Stranger", which, coincidentally, no pun intended, got stranger & stranger as they went along.

He..along with director Ferdinando Baldi, brought "Zatoichi" to the Spaghetti West w/ Blindman in 1971... fought against Moors and Vikings in Spain in 1976's "Get Mean",...& ushered in a modest 3d revival w/ 1981's "Comin' At Ya".

This, the third collaboration with Director Luigi Vanzi...."The Silent Stranger" predates a bunch of East-meets-West Spaghetti Westerns, including 1971's "Red Sun", "Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe" in '72...and "The Stranger and the Gunfighter" in '73.

I was, for the most part, pleasantly surprised...by this Italian/Japanese/American co-production. There's a pretty good script..a mixture of Spaghetti Western violence...a number of well-staged Samurai sword fights which aren't bad at all....nicely done, & a lot of humor.

Plodding through the snow in the Klondike.........The Stranger has a run-in with bandits who are attempting to rob a young Japanese man of an apparently valuable scroll. The Stranger manages to kill the bandits, but the young Japanese man is shot. He tells The Stranger that the owner of the scroll will pay him $20,000 for its return. Entrusted to return this mysterious scroll to its rightful owner, & looking forward to a big payday.. The Stranger and his trusty horse board a ship for Japan. Once there, he discovers that two powerful warlords have been vying for control of a village and both parties claim that the scroll is rightfully theirs. The Stranger realizes that the only way to save his hide....and get his money, is to play both sides against each other.

Yes, this is yet another twist on Yojimbo, ...adding the old fish out of water bit...having a gunfighter battle both with & against samurai in Japan.

A dispute between the American producer and distributor MGM kept it from being seen in USA theaters until 1975. ..seven years after it was produced.

A little "Yojimbo"...a bit of "Ran"...a "Fistful" of other stuff...it's fun.

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