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Trapped, the Crimson Bat (1969)

Mekurano Oichi jigokuhada (original title)
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Cast overview:
Yôko Matsuyama Yôko Matsuyama ... Oichi
Yasunori Irikawa Yasunori Irikawa ... Masaku
Kikko Matsuoka Kikko Matsuoka ... Oen
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ... Bunzo Kazama
Ryoichi Tamagawa Ryoichi Tamagawa ... Kyusuki
Hiroshi Minami Hiroshi Minami
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Echigoya
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Tanbei Magari
Hiroko Ôgi Hiroko Ôgi ... Okyo
Jûshirô Konoe Jûshirô Konoe ... Hanbei
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Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

16 June 1972 (USA) See more »

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Trapped, the Crimson Bat See more »

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Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Second of four movies based on Oichi the Blind Swordswoman. See more »

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Spin-off Watch Out, Crimson Bat! (1969) See more »

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When the Whip Comes Down
12 December 2003 | by masercotSee all my reviews

If you like whips...and I mean REALLY like whips, you will LOVE this movie. It has the same villianess as the first Oichi movie and she's even MORE cartoonish. Of course it has the usual swordplay as well.

Oichi seems to have a different personality in each movie. In this one, she was a cold bounty hunter to start with; however, she evolves into a rural domestic and even marries before her past, and the lady with the whip, catch up with her.

This movie probably had as good an emotional range as the first Oichi movie. She's not quite the killing machine that she became later, but she manages to carve up thirty or so samurai like nova scotia salmon...

I'd have to give this movie two stars out of five.


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