Tag Archives: Yoshio Harada

Trail of Blood / Mushukunin Mikogami no Jôkichi: Kiba wa hikisaita (1972) Kazuo Ikehiro, Yoshio Harada, Atsuo Nakamura, Kayo Matsuo, Action, Drama

Trail of Blood (1972)
Can a sinful man change and find peace? It’s unlikely in gang-plagued Japan. Jokichi of Mikogami, a drifter (and hired sword), goes straight after protecting a woman in distress: they marry, have a son, and Jokichi pursues his father’s craft. After three years, the gangs he embarrassed when he saved his wife find the family and leave Jokichi in grief, vowing revenge. To parry his terrible swift sword, rival gangs join forces, hiring a prostitute to pose as a woman needing help and breaking the code of honor to double cross the drifter. He finds unlikely allies: a thief who aids him for fun and a one-eyed swordsman who may be Jokichi’s equal in skill and honor.
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The Fearless Avenger / Mushukunin mikogami no jôkichi: Kawakaze ni kako wa nagareta (1972) Kazuo Ikehiro, Tôru Abe, Yoshio Harada, Akio Hasegawa, Action, Drama

The Fearless Avenger (1972)
Thirsting for revenge, Jokichi rashly attempts to assassinate the evil Chogoro but ends up being captured by Yakuza. His life is spared by Boss Juzaburo, in order that the harmony of an important commemoration not be further disturbed. Though now even more of an outcast, Jokichi is asked by another Yakuza boss, Umezo, to guard Oyuki, the wayward daughter of Juzaburo. The tragic consequences of this assignment will lead him into a deadly trap and a final confrontation with Chogoro.
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Chichi to kuraseba / The Face of Jizo (2004) Kazuo Kuroki, Rie Miyazawa, Yoshio Harada, Tadanobu Asano, Drama

Chichi to kuraseba (Kazuo Kuroki, 2004)
Based on a play by Hisashi Inoue, it focuses on the sufferings of the survivors of Hiroshima. The film takes place during 4 days in the summer of 1948, as the ghost of her father visits Mitsué (Rié Miyama). He had somehow learned that she has fallen in love, and tries to convince her to start her new life. But Mitsué obstinately refuses his warm and humorous encouragements : « People were killed in my place. I do not have the right to find happiness », she says.
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