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Agent Shiranui (1960)

Shiranui kengyô (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 1960 (Japan)
Before he portrayed the legendary blind swordsman, Zatoichi, Shintaro Katsu played Suganoichi, a blind court masseur with a dark side. An outcast since birth, he learned from a young age ... See full summary »

Director:

Kazuo Mori

Writers:

Minoru Inuzuka (screenplay) (as Minoru Inuduka), Nobuo Uno (novel)
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Cast overview:
Shintarô Katsu ... Suginoichi
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura
Mieko Kondô Mieko Kondô
Matasaburô Niwa Matasaburô Niwa
Jôji Tsurumi Jôji Tsurumi
Mayumi Kurata Mayumi Kurata
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga
Ichirô Izawa Ichirô Izawa
Shinobu Araki Shinobu Araki
San'emon Arashi San'emon Arashi
Osamu Maruyama Osamu Maruyama
Yôko Wakasugi Yôko Wakasugi
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Before he portrayed the legendary blind swordsman, Zatoichi, Shintaro Katsu played Suganoichi, a blind court masseur with a dark side. An outcast since birth, he learned from a young age that the only way to get ahead was to take advantage of others. Now an expert con-artist with a heart of coal, Suganoichi is on a vile quest for power, and everyone else will suffer along the way! Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 September 1960 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blind Menace See more »

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Mono
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"Kengyô" was the highest of the four official ranks (kan'i) within the Tôdô-za - the Kyôto-based guild for the blind established early in the Muromachi Period (1392-1573), and abolished in 1871 (the fourth year of the Meiji Restoration). The three other ranks, in descending order, were "bettô", "kôtô", and "zatô" - as in The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003). The head of the Tôdô-za was the sô-kengyô (a.k.a. shoku-kengyô); the guild's headquarters was the Shoku-yashiki in Kyôto. See more »

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When a masseur goes bad
14 January 2019 | by sinful-2See all my reviews

I did not really know what to expect when I started seeing this movie. It starts with a blind boy doing some mischievous deeds. It then cuts to his adulthood where he is a masseur. From here we really start to get to know him and follow his life. Rarely have I seen a character with no redeeming qualities and so cold.

Acting and story is quite good in this movie. Do not expect any sword fights or anything like it. It just evolve around Suginoichis life and deeds.

Would I recommend this movie? Well if you look for samurai action look another place. If you are looking for a disturbing story about a blind man then this may be a good choice for you. I would recommend it but it is not for everyone. And the main character is truly not a nice person to follow.


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