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Shadow Warriors 

Hattori Hanzô: Kage no Gundan (original title)
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4   1  
1980   Unknown  

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Series cast summary:
Shin'ichi Chiba ...  Hattori Hanzô 1 episode, 1980
Jun'ichi Haruta Jun'ichi Haruta ...  Kiheiji 1 episode, 1980
Naomi Hase Naomi Hase ...  Okiri 1 episode, 1980
Shôtarô Hayashi Shôtarô Hayashi ...  Yorinobu Tokugawa 1 episode, 1980
Shôhei Hino Shôhei Hino ...  Daihachi 1 episode, 1980
Renji Ishibashi ...  Kishiro 1 episode, 1980
Takashi Kanda Takashi Kanda 1 episode, 1980
Nobuo Kaneko ...  Tadakiyo sakai 1 episode, 1980
Kirin Kiki ...  Orin 1 episode, 1980
Akira Kume Akira Kume 1 episode, 1980
Yôko Kurita Yôko Kurita ...  Oume 1 episode, 1980
Kyoko Mitsubayashi Kyoko Mitsubayashi ...  Oko 1 episode, 1980
Yukio Miyagi Yukio Miyagi 1 episode, 1980
Jirô Miyaguchi Jirô Miyaguchi 1 episode, 1980
Maki Mizuhara Maki Mizuhara 1 episode, 1980
Hideaki Nagai Hideaki Nagai 1 episode, 1980
Mikio Narita ...  Yorinobu tokugawa 1 episode, 1980
Teruhiko Saigô Teruhiko Saigô ...  Dr. Kyonosuke Tsutsumi 1 episode, 1980
Yoshiko Shinohara Yoshiko Shinohara 1 episode, 1980
Kantarô Suga Kantarô Suga ...  Kisaburo 1 episode, 1980
Takeo Tabata Takeo Tabata ...  Shinanonokami Nagai 1 episode, 1980
Maki Tachibana Maki Tachibana 1 episode, 1980
Kenji Takaoka Kenji Takaoka ...  Hyoroku 1 episode, 1980
Sô Yamamura ...  Masayuki nishina 1 episode, 1980
Victoria Hearst Victoria Hearst ...  Rola Whipple 1 episode
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Quentin Tarantino, while filming Pulp Fiction (1994), showed an episode of this show to star Bruce Willis to give him an idea of how to descend the stairs and attack in the film's infamous katana scenes. He also showed it to Bruce's victim in that scene, played by Duane Whitaker, to give him an idea of how he was supposed to die at Bruce's blade. See more »

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Great Ninja TV show
8 July 2007 | by ejenkinsumcSee all my reviews

One of the best TV series ever! Sort of a blend of Shogun's Samuari - The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy (also starring Sony Chiba) and the Lone Wolf and Cub series. Then throw in some Mission Impossible, Robin Hood, and The "A" Team! Reminds me of the Hanzo the Razor trilogy as well, with a surprising amount of violence and nudity for a TV show. The lead character in this show is Hanzo (??!!) Hattori (Sony Chiba) who is boss of an underground ninja clan. The exploits are inventive and interesting with many based on political intrigue, though there is a pervasive 80's soap opera (i.e. dramatic) element. The ensemble characters are all excellent, and the bath house setting provides relief from the heavy drama and adventure. I do have one complaint which keeps it from a perfect score - the music is okay, but the same themes / songs are repeated in virtually every episode and can wear out their welcome. One theme sounds like "Saint James Infirmary Blues", and another like Karen Carpenter singing "The Two Of Us" in a Japanese lounge. There are traditional styled Japanese melodies along with blaxploitation fuzz/funk influences. Don't worry about missing one as you'll hear most of them every episode. Just pace yourself and resist the temptation to watch them all at once. Highly recommended!


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Japanese

Release Date:

1 April 1980 (Japan) See more »

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