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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 »

Director:

Hideo Gosha

Writers:

Hideo Gosha, Shôtarô Ikenami (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Gomyo Kiyoemon
Yoshio Harada ... Yataro Tanigawa
Ayumi Ishida Ayumi Ishida ... Oriwa
Keiko Kishi ... Omon
Ai Kanzaki Ai Kanzaki ... Osaki
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ... Oren
Tetsurô Tanba ... Okitsugu Tanuma
Hajime Hana Hajime Hana ... Hanba
Kôji Yakusho ... Kuwano
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Hino
Daisuke Mine Daisuke Mine ... Someyoshi
Tatsuo Umemiya Tatsuo Umemiya ... Kawazu
Mikio Narita Mikio Narita ... Gosun
Makoto Fujita Makoto Fujita ... Kasuke
Hideji Ôtaki 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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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 June 1979 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunter in the Dark See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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A lot of famous faces, mediocre story
5 January 1999 | by Ken.HSee 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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