Goy˘kiba: Oni no Hanz˘ yawahada koban (Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?) (1974)
Orgying blind high priests, desperate royal wives, corruption, and conspiracy are all part of the mystery Hanzo "The Razor" Itami uncovers at the Shogunate treasury in the rousing climax of the Razor trilogy.
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Critic Reviews for Goy˘kiba: Oni no Hanz˘ yawahada koban (Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?)
More outrageous than funny, the Hanzo trilogy is an unruly mix of bloody violence, soft porn and political intrigue, with a hero whose intentions are (largely) admirable, but whose modus operandi will repel any but the most hardened misogynists.
Audience Reviews for Goy˘kiba: Oni no Hanz˘ yawahada koban (Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?)
The third and last Hanzo film starts off brilliantly in a send up of the then popular Asian Ghost story films. How can you tell if someone is a Ghost or not? Easy, you give it a good seeing to Hanzo style (Rape basically but they seem to get away with it because soon enough the women are begging him not to stop). To be honest, it all gets a little repetitive here as he does everything the same way he does it in the first and second films. I like it, I think they could have done more but I guess Zatoichi was more important to Shintar˘ Katsu and I can't argue with that.More
Hanzo is one cool dude. He picks up where Zatoichi leaves off. Japanese Cinema was wild back in the 1974 with Samurai. In this movie Hanzo is out to find who has the gold. The movie is completely over the top. If you haven?t tried a Hanzo Movie its time to try, he drives women wild with his torture. See the film and you will see why women faint at the sight of Hanzo Naked. 3 1/2 stars.More
Man, this is the type of movies that reminds me of why i love japanese cinema so much. They can make a dead-serious drama like Ugetsu and then completely switch gears and do something crazy as this.
Once more, the surprise doesn't ends, as this, along with many other japanese explotation flicks of the period, were made before american and european explotation started to really get their fuel. And even so, a movie like Hanzo just takes the whole "tough-rude-ladiesman-policeman" thing and injects it with 200mg of extra radness.
Yes, the whole values of the story are sexist, and everyone else seems to be always corrupt. But who cares, those scenes with Hanzo walking down the streets with funky music in the background are pure genius. Kazuo Koike (the creator of the original manga, and also author of Lady Snowblood and Lone Wolf and Cub) is one crazy man, in the best way possible of course.
The second film in the trilogy would be my favorite, but this one is not bad at all, and very rich in characters actually. You just gotta love Katsu-Shin proclaiming how cool it would be to bang a female ghost.
Pure 70's down to the music, but surprisingly serious and well done drama. And yeah, the man uses sex as a weapon.More
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