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Samurai Wolf (1966)

Kiba Ôkaminosuke (original title)
A charismatic ronin gets snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs.

Director:

Hideo Gosha

Writers:

Hideo Gosha (idea), Kei Tasaka
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isao Natsuyagi ... Ôkaminosuke
Ryôhei Uchida Ryôhei Uchida ... Akizuki Sanai
Junko Miyazono Junko Miyazono
Tatsuo Endô ... Nizaemon
Junkichi Orimoto Junkichi Orimoto
Yoshirô Aoki Yoshirô Aoki
Takashi Tabata Takashi Tabata
Kyôichi Satô Kyôichi Satô ... Sensei
Misako Tominaga Misako Tominaga
Toyoko Takechi Toyoko Takechi
Yuki Aresa Yuki Aresa
Ayako Satô Ayako Satô
Rumiko Fuji Rumiko Fuji
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji
Daisuke Awaji Daisuke Awaji
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A charismatic ronin gets snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 November 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Samurai Wolf See more »

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Production Co:

Toei Tokyo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Followed by Samurai Wolf II (1967) See more »

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Slash! Pure action samurai "western"
21 April 2006 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

Stark, stylistic and no fooling around. Solid samurai action as a wandering ronin, "The Vicious Wolf", wanders into a volatile situation at a remote relay post. Of course there's a couple of beautiful woman and nasty political intrigue involved. Interesting characters abound many are master killers with fearsome reputations. The Vicious Wolf is a quirky character with a bizarre fighting style but his intentions are good if you get past his lack of bathing and his tendency to announce that he has no money after eating at an inn or using the services of a prostitute.

Director Gosha is clearly the stylistic inspiration for many Italian western directors, more so than Kurosawa. Too bad most spaghetti westerns never even came close to this film.

Excellent sword fighting, great photography, unique direction and a good cast. Recommended.


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