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Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold? (1974)

Goyôkiba: Oni no Hanzô yawahada koban (original title)
Not Rated | | Action | 9 February 1974 (Japan)
After extracting information by raping a ghost, Hanzo uncovers a plot among high officials to steal the shogunate's gold and loan it out to the poor.

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Kô Nishimura ...
Magohei 'Snake' Ohnishi
Mako Midori ...
Yumi
Mikio Narita ...
Bansaku Tonami
Asao Koike ...
Ishiyama
Etsushi Takahashi ...
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Daigo Kusano ...
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Kei'ichi Noda
Rokkô Toura ...
Kato
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Akira Yamauchi ...
Takei
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Follow the money. In a time of economic disaster for wage earners, Hanzo discovers a conspiracy among high officials to "borrow" gold from the shogunate's treasury and loan it out to the destitute, including impecunious samurai - exacting either interest payments or family heirlooms from the debtors. Along the way, Hanzo extracts a confession from a ghost using his assaulting methods, foils thieves, connects with Heisuke Takei a friend from his youth, offers protection to a forward-thinking physician Genan Sugino who has defamed his ruler, discovers a pleasure ring of young wives and a blind music teacher, and cuckolds a corrupt official under his very nose. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the shot with a bamboo spear filled with gold pieces flying into the pond, the flight the spear takes is impossible, as the weight of the gold would have flipped it over. See more »

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Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami: A woman ghost? Interesting. Take me there.
Onibi: To see the ghost? Please, don't make us go back.
Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami: What did she look like?
Onibi: Her face was like...
Mamushi: Yeah, her face...
Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami: I want to make love to a ghost once.
Mamushi: To a ghost?
Onibi: Are you serious?
Hanzo 'The Razor' Itami: A man would like it once.
Onibi: Do you mean it?
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"I Want To Make Love To A Ghost Once"

Following the brilliant "Goyôkiba" (aka. "Hanzo The Razor - Sword Of Justice", 1972) and its excellent (and even sleazier) sequel "Goyôkiba: Kamisori Hanzô jigoku zeme" (aka. "Razor 2: The Snare", 1973), this "Goyôkiba: Oni no Hanzô yawahada koban" aka. "Razor 3: Who's Got The Gold" is the third, and sadly final installment to the awesome saga about the incorruptible Samurai-constable Hanzo 'The Razor' Ittami (brilliantly played by the great Shintarô Katsu), who fights corruption with his fighting expertise as well as his enormous sexual powers. As a big fan of 70s exploitation cinema made in Nippon, "Sword Of Justice" became an instant favorite of mine, and I was therefore more than eager to find the sequels, and full of anticipation when I finally stumbled over them recently. While this third "Hanzo" film is just not quite as brilliant as its predecessors it is definitely another great piece of cult-cinema that no lover of Japanese exploitation cinema can afford to miss. "Who's Got The Gold" is a bit tamer than the two foregoing Hanzo films, but it is just as brilliantly comical and crudely humorous, and immediately starts out fabulously odd: The film begins, when Hanzo's two assistants see a female ghost when fishing. Having always wanted to sleep with a ghost, Hanzo insists that his assistants lead him to the site of the occurrence... If that is not a promising beginning for an awesome film experience, I don't know what is. Shintaro Katsu, one of my personal favorite actors, is once again brilliant in the role of Hanzo, a role that seems to have been written specifically for him. Katsu IS Hanzo, the obstinate and fearless constable, who hates corruption and deliberately insults his superiors, and whose unique interrogation techniques include raping female suspects. The interrogated women than immediately fall for him, due to his sexual powers and enormous penis, which he trains in a rather grotesque routine ritual. I will not give away more about the plot in "Who's Got The Gold", but I can assure that it is as cool as it sounds. The supporting performances are also very good, and, as in the predecessors, there are plenty of hilariously eccentric characters. This is sadly the last film in the awesomely sleazy 'Hanzo' series. If they had made 20 sequels more, I would have happily watched them all! The entire Hanzo series is brilliant, and while this third part is a bit inferior compared to its predecessors, it is definitely a must-see for all lovers of cult-cinema! Oh how I wish they had made more sequels!


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