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Hunter in the Dark (1979)

Yami no karyudo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 17 June 1979 (Japan)
Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan ... See full summary »

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... Gomyo Kiyoemon
... Yataro Tanigawa
Ayumi Ishida ... Oriwa
Keiko Kishi ... Omon
Ai Kanzaki ... Osaki
Kayo Matsuo ... Oren
... Okitsugu Tanuma
Hajime Hana ... Hanba
... Kuwano
Hideo Murota ... Hino
Daisuke Mine ... Someyoshi
Tatsuo Umemiya ... Kawazu
Mikio Narita ... Gosun
Makoto Fujita ... Kasuke
Hideji Ôtaki ... Shiba
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Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but finds his boss's enemies almost overwhelming. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A lot of famous faces, mediocre story
5 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

A lot of famous faces. Fun to watch "Sonny" Chiba on home turf. And isn't that "Tiger Tanaka" with the bald wig? Nakadai Tatsuya as expected puts in most of the acting force. Some obligatory blood sprays, one amputated arm, but not really sufficient for the true "chambara" aficianado. Kishi Keiko is uninspiring. Ayumi Ishida makes a good effort despite being a pop singer just turned actress. Watch out for the camerman, he's determined to make you dizzy. The music? A little cheesy. In fact different music might have changed the entire tone of the film. Leaves one with the question; "Did they really have strip joints like that in 18th century Edo?".


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