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Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)

Goyôkiba (original title)
Hanzo Itami is an incorruptible Edo officer who learns that an infamous killer has fled from his island prison. Hanzo begins tracking him down using his unorthodox interrogation techniques.


Kenji Misumi


Kazuo Koike (story), Takeshi Kanda (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ... Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami
Yukiji Asaoka
Mari Atsumi Mari Atsumi
Kô Nishimura ... Magobei 'Snake' Onishi
Kamatari Fujiwara
Akira Yamanouchi Akira Yamanouchi ... (as Akira Yamauchi)
Kôji Kobayashi Kôji Kobayashi
Zenpei Saga Zenpei Saga
Daigo Kusano ... Onibi
Keizô Kanie Keizô Kanie
Yûji Hamada Yûji Hamada
Renji Ishibashi
Teruo Matsuyama Teruo Matsuyama
Jûkei Fujioka
Jun Katsumura Jun Katsumura


Hanzo is an incorruptible and unorthodox officer in Edo, as famous for his self-discipline and his love shaft as his sword. Against the backdrop of his magistrate's occasional rounding up of vagrants, Hanzo learns that an infamous killer is no longer on his island prison: did he escape or was he never there? Hanzo's investigation leads him to the magistrate's mistress, the killer's former lover. Hanzo pursues political questions that suggest complicity at the highest levels. Using sexual assault, he interrogates the mistress and later the favorite of Edo's most powerful woman. Can he get to the bottom of what's going on before powerful forces get him fired or killed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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As cool as Shaft, as big as John Holmes
9 September 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Samurai Shaft. Someone else grabbed that before I could, but the music in this film is unmistakable. Its as if Isaac Hayes himself scored the film.

The Samurai is a policeman, and has more in his bag of tricks that the usual Samurai swords. In fact, even when he is completely naked, he still has a formidable weapon to use in his unusual interrogations.

It doesn't just hang there either. He actually works it out. He beats it with a stick and rams it into what looks like a bag of pebbles to strengthen it. You just have to see it.

Of course, this wouldn't work if he had to interrogate males, so there are plenty of females that need to feel the long arm of the law. When he gets going, they will say anything to keep him from stopping.

Samurai exploitation? It appears that way. This is one Japanese film that will not be remade by Hollywood. I can't wait for Part 2.

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30 December 1972 (Japan) See more »

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