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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 Yamauchi 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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What's the "Safe" Word?
15 March 2006 | by masercotSee all my reviews

What can I say about this movie? It is the kind of a story you would describe to a psychiatrist and then add, "At that point, I woke up". A law officer, whose morals are above reproach, rapes female suspects to get them to confess. He also gets sexually aroused by torture.

One might get the impression that the star and producer, Shintaro Katsu, arrived at the conclusion one day that he had enough money to make a movie about his darkest sexual fantasies to watch in his old age.

And yet, I liked the movie...as incomprehensible as much of the plot was... Obviously Katsu is an excellent actor. One sees absolutely no trace of the charismatic Zatoichi character in his Hanzo. He is a different person altogether. Zatoichi lived within society and corruption. Hanzo is fighting a one sided battle against it.

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30 December 1972 (Japan) See more »

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