Tag Archives: Tomisaburô Wakayama

Banba no Chûtarô / Chutaro of Banba (1955) Nobuo Nakagawa, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Isuzu Yamada, Sanae Mitsuoka, Drama

Chutaro of Banba (1955)
Based on the play ”Mabuta no Haha” by famed author Hasegawa Shin, this is the first major starring role for Wakayama Tomisaburo. This heartfelt story concerns a wandering gambler from Banba by the name of Chutaro. Set during the Tenpo Period, Chutaro runs afoul of Boss Sukegoro of Iioka, prior to the great showdown that formed the centerpiece of the first Zato Ichi film. Pursued by vengeance seeking swordsmen, Chutaro displays his phenomenal martial art skills, much as a preview of his internationally famous Baby Cart series. Abandoned as a child, he seeks to find his long lost mother, while at the same time fighting off numerous attacks by Iioka’s men.
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Irezumi / Spirit of Tattoo (1982) Yoichi Takabayashi, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Yûsuke Takita, Harue Kyô, Drama

Irezumi AKA Spirit of Tattoo (1982)
To satisfy her lover’s fetish for tattooed women, Akane agrees to have her body covered in eloborate tattoos by Kyogoro, an old craftsman. Kyogoro has developed a special technique, by which his assistant, Harutsune, keeps Katsuko’s mind off the pain while Kyogoro does his work. After the work is done, Harutsune makes the shocking discovery of how Kyogoro mastered his technique.
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