Tag Archives: Shintarô Katsu

Goyôkiba: Kamisori Hanzô jigoku zeme / Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973) Yasuzô Masumura, Shintarô Katsu, Keiko Aikawa, Kazuko Inano, Keizô Kanie, Action, Drama

The Snare (1973)
Against the backdrop of the Edo treasury devaluing currency and driving many into poverty, Hanzo Itami enforces the law without regard to status. He shows inadequate respect to the treasurer, who wants him dead. He finds a young woman dead following an abortion, and he enters a temple without permission looking for evidence. He tortures and then sexually assaults the temple’s priestess to get information. He’s then assigned to protect the mint from a notorious thief. There he closets himself in the bedroom of the mint’s mistress. He waits. The thief arrives – but other crimes are afoot. Devalued currency, white slavery, and government corruption lead Hanzo to one conclusion.

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Goyôkiba: Oni no Hanzô yawahada koban / Hanzo the Razor: Who’s Got the Gold? (1974) Yoshio Inoue, Shintarô Katsu, Kô Nishimura, Mako Midori, Mikio Narita, Action

Who's Got the Gold (1974)
Follow the money. In a time of economic disaster for wage earners, Hanzo discovers a conspiracy among high officials to “borrow” gold from the shogunate’s treasury and loan it out to the destitute, including impecunious samurai – exacting either interest payments or family heirlooms from the debtors. Along the way, Hanzo extracts a confession from a ghost using his assaulting methods, foils thieves, connects with Heisuke Takei a friend from his youth, offers protection to a forward-thinking physician Genan Sugino who has defamed his ruler, discovers a pleasure ring of young wives and a blind music teacher, and cuckolds a corrupt official under his very nose.

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