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Jigoku is a samurai outlaw who is on the run with his motley bunch of followers. There's a bounty on his head with a cute female bounty hunter named Yuri The Pistol who's an ace gunslinger ... See full summary »

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Kaizô Hayashi

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Kaizô Hayashi
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Credited cast:
Masahiro Takashima Masahiro Takashima ... Jigoku Gokurakumaru
Narumi Yasuda Narumi Yasuda ... Teppo Yuri
Mikijirô Hira ... King of Zipang
Haruko Wanibuchi Haruko Wanibuchi ... Queen
Bengaru Bengaru ... Kenzo
Shirô Sano ... Bunshichi
Chiyonosuke Azuma Chiyonosuke Azuma ... Ieyasu Tokugawa
Mikio Narita Mikio Narita
Michiru Akiyoshi Michiru Akiyoshi ... Mawarame
Jian Xiu Jian Xiu ... Man (as Shu Ken)
Yukio Yamato Yukio Yamato ... Hanzo Hattori
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baiken Jukkanji Baiken Jukkanji
Teru Teru ... (as Teruhiko Uragami)
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Jigoku is a samurai outlaw who is on the run with his motley bunch of followers. There's a bounty on his head with a cute female bounty hunter named Yuri The Pistol who's an ace gunslinger hot on his tail. He immediately falls for the woman due to her gutsy spirit. Jigoku is shown a map that can lead to some treasure. Dodging many booby-traps, he comes across a golden sword in a cave which is stuck in a rock. After managing to free the sword, he finds out that it is the key to reaching Zipang - a mythical City Of Gold which is full of untold riches and ruled by a Golden King. He keeps a woman all locked up in an ice prison as he despises love. The woman's lover (a near naked man who looks like a Samoan warrior) who was locked away with the sword that Jigoku has taken is released and he goes after Jigoku as well. Adding to Jigoku's woes is a Lord who orders his blue ninja army to pursue and steal the golden sword away from him. After finally arriving in Zipang, will Jigoku be able to ...

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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 January 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Zipang See more »

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Jigoku's swords are numbered 1-9, but you don't get to see all of them, in order of use they are... sword no 7 - 17 kills (long samurai sword) sword no.6 - 12 kills (2 daggers in single scabbard) sword no.5 - 12 kills (long handle short sword that fires blade) sword no.4 - 22 kills (sword with scabbard that attaches to handle) sword no.3 - 1 kill (long very flexible sword) sword no.1 - 52 kills (very long samurai sword) sword number 9 - 1 kill (Large curved, wide bladed scimitar) another sword of his is seen, a large samurai sword with a spinning top on the hilt. Jigoku kills 146 people throughout the movie. See more »

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Magnificent flight of fantasy.
2 December 2003 | by pantagruellaSee all my reviews

I'm hurt. Five out of ten? This is a wonderful film. It starts out in an updated idiom of Sonny Chiba's best Samurai fantasies and then progressively gets more and more eccentric and mythic. It's stylishly violent in places, comical, inventive, engaging and profound. It's genuinely a film to be discovered by a discerning few. Such a film could never be made in the West because the West no longer draws on its own legends and lore and has forfeited its own Romantic visions.


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