Tag Archives: Raizô Ichikawa

Shinobi no mono / Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962) Satsuo Yamamoto, Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûnosuke Itô, Action, Drama

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Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. Deceit, treachery, and entire gangs of enemy ninja lurk around every corner as Goemon travels the countryside to complete his task, win back his honor, and save his skin!

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Daisatsujin orochi / The Betrayal (1966) Tokuzô Tanaka, Raizô Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Shiho Fujimura, Action, Drama

Daisatsujin orochi AKA The Betrayal (1966)
A naively honorable samurai (played by Raizo) comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers, and a very vulnerable oddity in consequence. He takes the blame for the misdeeds of others, with the understanding that he will be exiled for one year and restored to the clan’s good graces after the political situation dies down. As betrayal begins to heap upon betrayal, he realizes he’ll have to live out his life as a master-less ronin, if not hunted down and killed.

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Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki / Satan’s Sword 2: The Dragon God (1960) Kenji Misumi, Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Drama, Action

Satan's Sword 2 The Dragon God (1960)
The Dai-bosatsu toge trilogy is based on Kaizan Nakazatos unfinished long series of novels (41 books, written from 1913 to 1941). Set in the last period of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Daibosatsu Toge tells the story of Tsuke Ryunosuke, a nihilistic swordmaster who doesnt hesitate to kill anyone, bad or good. Despite the authors explicit refusal, the series were later made into plays and movies several times.

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