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Oniwaban (1974)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Mystery | 1974 (Japan)
Deep in the mountains of feudal Japan, a group of children endure cruel and unorthodox training in order to become the Shogunate's most secret and deadly weapons - the Demon Spies! Their ... See full summary »


Takashi Tsuboshima


Kazuo Koike (comic)


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Credited cast:
Keiko Aramaki Keiko Aramaki ... Koboshi
Hiroshi Ayukawa Hiroshi Ayukawa
Jun Fujimaki Jun Fujimaki ... Special Appearance
Shôzô Fukuyama Shôzô Fukuyama
Hiroto Kimura Hiroto Kimura
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Abbot Genkai
Masaomi Kondô Masaomi Kondô ... Uzujiko
Ryunosuke Minegishi Ryunosuke Minegishi
Yutaka Mizutani Yutaka Mizutani
Shûichirô Moriyama Shûichirô Moriyama
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Special Appearance
Kazuo Suzuki Kazuo Suzuki
Keiji Takamine Keiji Takamine
Kôichi Uenoyama Kôichi Uenoyama
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Deep in the mountains of feudal Japan, a group of children endure cruel and unorthodox training in order to become the Shogunate's most secret and deadly weapons - the Demon Spies! Their true identities are hidden - even from each other. Behind their demon masks, they are educated in the deadly arts of infiltration, espionage, assassination - and seduction! If they survive to become strong enough to kill their teachers, they will become - the Demon Spies! Sent on a suicide mission to uncover a deadly conspiracy, five inexperienced Demon Spies must infiltrate a powerful fief, discover the location of its secret arsenal, and destroy it. But Lord Shogen, the Demon Hunter, plans to brutally interrogate, ingeniously torture, and cruelly execute - the Demon Spies! Written by AnimEigo

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If they're lucky, they die quickly!


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Bloody 70's action flick
21 October 2006 | by raoul-guariguataSee all my reviews

I was very surprised when I saw this movie for the first time. It contains everything exploitation movies can feature: Sex&Violence (carried out by children!)!! Probably very gross for the most viewers. The story deals with a group of children who are trained to be ninja assassins wearing demon masks and work for the shogun carrying out covert actions. The five kids receive a brutal training in the mountains hidden away from society. Once their training is complete they have to infiltrate a fief and kill the clan leader. It is a more or less simple story, which really reminded me of Kitamura's Azumi. But for the time (1974) it contains gore ,bloodshed and rape, which I thought was very hardcore - watch out for the face-buster-move(even though it is a little trashy). Koike wrote the story and it fits good into line with Lady Snowblood and Lone Wolf. Anyone who enjoyed those movies will have a hell of a time watching this one. If you don't like seeing teenagers being tortured or little children working as killers...stay far....If you are down with ninja/samurai flicks, this one is worth to be checked out!!!!

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