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Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: HVE
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Hanzo the Razor is an outlandish set of 70s-era sex-n-violence flicks based on the classic manga by Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub) and starring Shintaro Katsu (Zatoichi). The films, accompanied by quotes from Hanzo "The Razor" Itami: Sword of Justice (1972), "Our duty is to protect the good and apprehend the bad!"; The Snare (1973), "If it's in the name of the law... then I'll go where the clues take me! The Commissioner can kiss my ass!"; Who's Got the Gold? (1975), "I've always wanted to do it with a ghost, at least once."

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reeediculous by Popnfresh August 14, 2007 - 10:36 AM PDT
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Wow, what to say about this movie...hentai or otaku? If you liked Shintaro Katsu's lovable Zatoichi, you will have a hard time recognizing him (with his eyes wide open) as Hanzo the Razor. He looks like his brother in the Lone Wolf and Cub films.

The movie: wakka-chakka guitar and saxophone riffs make early 19th century Edo seem straight out of Shaft. And Hanzo is a crusty, blue-collar detective dedicated to the spirit of the job, and not it's rules. Classic 70's blunt, cynical, unorthodox detective. The only thing Hanzo lacks is a rookie partner.

Instead, he has a massive penis that he uses to extract information. O.k., here's the tough part: I am not amused by rape in the abstract. But...it's hard not to laugh when you know from the moment he throws a girl down and the sexy saxophone starts that a few thrusts in and she'll be begging him not to stop and he'll demand information before he continues.

If you can't handle this, you should probably skip Hanzo. But, if you don't take it seriously, and appreciate that this movie's time has long past for this to be considered "glorification" of misogyny, than you'll love the ridiculousness of it. Even my girlfriend howled with laughter.

Otherwise, if you enjoy the Lone Wolf and Zatoichi films, this has a similar quality.




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