Kenji Misumi

Kenji Misumi – Sakura no Daimon AKA Internal Sleuth (1973)

When 150 guns are lost from the Iwakuni base and two police officers are shot dead, a detective tries to find out the truth.

Review by kagetsuhisoka:
Kenji Misumi’s nihilistic cop movie has finally been subbed. This is an amazing (and in my opinion) superior companion piece to Shintaro Katsu’s The Big Boss, which I uploaded not long ago. dimax9 provided me with a copy of the movie. Subs were timed and commissioned by me (thanks TheCatacomb as always). chapaev patched the DVD. Read More »

Kenji Misumi – Nyokei kazoku AKA The Third Will (1963)

Misumi directs an adaptation of a famous novel written by Yamasaki Toyoko, writer whose works were adapted numerous times for TV (Shiroi Kyotō is a sort of cult here in Japan) and for the big screen.
Kyō Machiko, Wakao Ayako and Takada Miwa star in a story about a wealthy family and the greed and selfishness of his three daughters, and relatives, after the passing of their old father. The movie casts a dim light on family relationships and money, where the only ray of hope seems to come from the younger generations.
Cinematography, music and editing are top-notch, the manner in which Misumi and his editor cut from one scene to the following in many passages of the film is really mesmerizing. Read More »

Kenji Misumi – Zatôichi kenka-daiko AKA Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)

Zatoichi is forced to kill a young man who owes a debt to a yakuza boss. Moments later, his sister Osode arrives with the money she earned (prostituting herself) to pay his debts. The bosses true motives are revealed and he attempts to steal Osode even though the debt is paid. Zatoichi realizes his grievous error and protects the girl from the gang. Osode and Zatoichi are caught in a dilemma as she must rely on her brother’s killer for protection and Zatoichi wrestles with the injustice he has caused. Read More »

Kenji Misumi – Zatôichi abare-himatsuri AKA Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Cowritten by star Shintaro Katsu, this adventure pits Zatoichi against one of his most diabolical foes: a blind yakuza boss whose reign of terror and exploitation has made him nearly mythic. Guest starring the legendary Tatsuya Nakadai as a ronin haunted by a traumatic past, and featuring an unforgettable nude swordfight in a bathhouse, this twenty-first entry in the series is a fan favorite. Read More »

Kenji Misumi – Zatoichi Jigoku tabi AKA Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

Zatoichi makes friends with a dangerous chess player, while fending off angry yakuza and bloodthirsty relatives out for revenge, and trying to save a sick child. Meanwhile, his luck with dice is turning… Read More »

Kenji Misumi – Zatôichi kesshô-tabi AKA Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964)

Fight, Zatoichi, Fight finds our favorite masseur and swordsman once again on the run. This time, he’s being pursued by a ruthless band of samurai who have been hired to kill him. Thinking they’ve got Zatoichi cornered, they instead kill a young woman, who is returning to her husband with her infant son. Ichi, feeling responsible for the woman’s death, resolves to deliver the child safely into the arms of its father. Read More »

Kenji Misumi – Kozure Ôkami: Meifumadô AKA Lone Wolf and Cub 5 – Baby in the Land of Demons (1973)

Based on the best-selling manga series, the six intensely kinetic Lone Wolf and Cub films elevated chanbara to bloody new heights. The shogun’s executioner, Itto Ogami (Tomisaburo Wakayama), takes to wandering the countryside as an assassin—along with his infant son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) and a seemingly infinitely weaponized perambulator—helping those he encounters while seeking vengeance for his murdered wife. Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed action sequences as well as its tender depiction of the bonds between a parent and a child. Read More »