Goyôkiba (Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice) (1972)
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Critic Reviews for Goyôkiba (Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice)
Hanzo may be an earnest champion of the dispossessed and a fearlessly physical critic of the status quo - but his full-frontal assault on the patriarchal order is also overtly phallocentric.
Audience Reviews for Goyôkiba (Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice)
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice. I'm not sure what the "sword" in the title refers to. It may be Hanzo's actual sword, or perhaps it means his penis. After all, he uses both a fair equal amount. Hanzo is a man of justice, kind of. He refuses bribes, or even "gifts" as his superiors call them. He tortures himself so that he knows what the criminals go through, and he slaps his penis with a cane and has sex with a bag of rice. This guy is hardcore. He brutalises his penis so that he can use it to "interrogate" women. This is a funkadelic, exploitation film, with a Shaft like soundtrack. The hero rapes women, but is so confident in his technique that the women soon beg for more. The plot is kind of hard to follow, and the main character is hard to like. It's a long way from Shintaro Katsu's Zatoichi, and he does perform it well. We admire Hanzo for his dedication, but his methods are questionable. It shouldn't be taken seriously though, it's a bit of violent titillating fun.
Katsu Shin using his johnson to "interrogate" female suspects, the funkiest soundtrack i have heard in a while. What can i say? I love it, every minute of it.
Jaw dropping premise aside, a great film. It slides easily in between bizarre, intriguing, bawdy, psychedelic and plain ole dirty. The kind of film you would think would be spoke of only in legend. Luckily it's fairly easily obtainable.
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