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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.

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Kenji Misumi

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Kazuo Koike (story), Takeshi Kanda (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ... Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami
Yukiji Asaoka Yukiji Asaoka
Mari Atsumi Mari Atsumi
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Magobei 'Snake' Onishi
Kamatari Fujiwara
Akira Yamauchi Akira Yamauchi
Kôji Kobayashi Kôji Kobayashi
Zenpei Saga Zenpei Saga
Daigo Kusano Daigo Kusano ... Onibi
Keizô Kanie Keizô Kanie
Yûji Hamada Yûji Hamada
Renji Ishibashi
Teruo Matsuyama Teruo Matsuyama
Jûkei Fujioka Jûkei Fujioka
Jun Katsumura Jun Katsumura
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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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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 July 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Guilty pleasure
16 September 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

No pun intended with my summary line. I actually did expect something along the lines of "Zatoichi" when I watched this at a local cinema, as part of Retrospective. Well I was in for a treat (and if you have seen the movie, you do know what I'm talking about), because it is anything but that.

I like Zatoichi-style action, don't get me wrong and there is quite a bit of action on display here. But mainly the "sword of justice" might be something else than you'd expect. Unless you know what you are getting into that is. Speaking of "getting into" ... well better not, I don not want to get to graphic here. The movie is doing more than a good job, so I leave it to the film to blow your mind (if you can get your head around the idea and weirdness of it all, that is). The ending did seem a bit rushed though ... but I guess that happened for a reason.


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