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The Trail of Blood (1972)

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A wandering yakuza solder seeking redemption finds that the only path out of the underworld leads the fiery inferno of hell in this slice-and-dice tale of revenge bloodshed. Jokichi has lived a life of crime, but now he's ready to turn himself around. In a land where two warring gangs are willing to slaughter anyone who gets in their path, it's hard to live an honorable life though. When death comes to his doorstep and his entire family is murdered by vicious mobsters, Jokichi must ensure that he survives long enough to cut down as many of his enemies as possible. An action-packed tale of vengeance and fury, The Trail of Blood is the first installment of a violent trilogy that also includes The Fearless Avenger and Slaughter in the Snow.

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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/86/392886.jpg[/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Jokichi of Mikogami is a traveling assassin for hire. He is a drifter with no responsibilities or family to speak of. After rescuing a woman in distress and accomplishing a mission, Jokichi lays down his sword for love. He marries the woman in distress and becomes a common man; however, a local thug discovers that Jokichi is within his circle of influence. The thug kills Jokichi’s wife and cripples his hand. Jokichi must once again pick-up his sword to obtain revenge.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“And here I was having a nice snooze before you morons came along. Dickheads!”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Kazuo Ikehiro, director of Fearless Avenger; Slaughter in the Snow; Monkye; Broken Swords; Zatoichi 6, 7, 14; and the Gambler’s Code, delivers The Trail of Blood. The storyline for this series was pretty good. The action sequences were well depicted, and Yoshio Harada delivered a marvelous performance as the lead character. The soundtrack was also well selected. [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“My parents sold me when I was 10 years old. I have been men’s plaything ever since.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white]The Mikogami Trilogy has been a series I have wanted to follow for some time. Fortunately, I obtained the entire trilogy off eBay for $9.00. The Animeigo production company has remastered many of these old samurai pictures (including Zatoichi and Lone Wolf and Cub). This film displayed a brilliant vision by Ikehiro. Half way through this film the main character has his hand disfigured, so Ikehiro has the main character completely switch-up his fighting style. The beginning of the film has the main character looking smooth and elegant with his swordsmanship; by the end of the film, he is unorthodox and all over the place. This is a must see film for samurai genre fans. [/color][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][/font][/size][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“Dumbshits! Get your asses out of here!”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white]Grade: B [/color][/font][/size]

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