A master swordsman, Kiichi Hogan, wanders Japan in search of the Spanish swordsman who murdered his parents and slashed his throat 18 years before. Renouncing any normal life the samurai ... See full summary »
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A master swordsman, Kiichi Hogan, wanders Japan in search of the Spanish swordsman who murdered his parents and slashed his throat 18 years before. Renouncing any normal life the samurai has become the feared bounty hunter, "Devil" Hogan, the Mute Samurai. Written by Chung Mo

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Wakayama Tomisaburo nearly lost his life during the filming of an episode when a dangerous stunt he was performing went wrong. See more »

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Silent but violent
5 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fans of the Lone Wolf & Cub series should get themselves a copy of this brilliant series from the early 70's. Oshi Samurai aka The Mute Samurai aka The Silent Samurai stars the peerless Tomisaburo Wakayama as the shaven-headed mute bounty hunter Kiichi(Demon)Hogan(Magistrate) seeking revenge on the Spanish swordsman Gonzales who murdered his father (the Nagasaki Magistrate responsible for foreign trade) & raped his fiancé. Having also cut the boy's throat, the Spaniard then vanished leaving the youth harbouring a burning desire for revenge- in order to defeat his enemy he had to become highly proficient with the sword. He used his skill with the sword to become a bounty hunter, an occupation that also allowed him to travel in search of his nemesis. This series follows his search for vengeance 18 years later. Unfortunately only 14 out of 26 episodes of this series are available with English subtitles & these are not even widely commercially available but on a positive note the swordplay is superb & despite having no dialogue Wakayama gives an excellent performance as the physically & mentally scarred Kiichi Hogan, who cuts a sinister figure with his cloak & straw hat. His gentleness with defenceless people & animals is contrasted with the ruthless slaying of anyone stupid enough to take him on with a sword. Other features of note are the cracking storyline, sinister incidental music & the theme over the end titles sung by Wakayama's brother Katsu Shintaro (of Zatoichi & Hanzo the Razor fame), who also makes an appearance as the mysterious stranger Manji (a Japanese swastika is his calling card). Like much of the Samurai genre, parallels can be drawn to contemporary spaghetti western cinema of the time, notably Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence featuring Jean Louis Trintignant as a mute bounty hunter.This is top quality stuff-Hopefully the rest of the series will be made available at some point. ***Additional 2011*** The whole series is now available..and it was well worth the wait. Incredible stuff.


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