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Hanzo the razor

Hanzo the razor

Yasuzo Masumura ,

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World Cinema

Love samurai films? Wish they were… dirtier? Welcome to Hanzo the Razor’s deranged world of crazy swordplay and sexploitation set to a 1970s funk soundtrack.

Uncut for the first time ever in the UK, this cult 1970s Japanese pinku trilogy was seemingly influenced by Dirty Harry and Shaft, but there’s no doubt who has the ‘longer arm of the law’! ShintaroÌ‚ Katsu (best known as the blind swordsman in the original ZatoÌ‚ichi) stars as Hanzo – a rebellious yet obsessively moral samurai police officer who slashes his way through the backbone of crime, uncovers corruption at higher levels, and tortures relentlessly using his own unique techniques. Shocking audiences even today, the hardest man in Edo regularly unleashes his special weapon in the form of his oversized penis, which he uses to ‘interrogate’ female suspects into pleasured compliance. Despite the knuckle-biting, graphic violence there is an underlying social commentary, testifying to the noble honour of the samurai and emphasising Hanzo’s status as the people’s champion.

In Sword of Justice, Hanzo overturns his own gutless superiors; in The Snare, he breaks into a temple used by local magistrates for the sadistic torture of young girls; in Who’s Got the Gold?, the shogunate treasury is being looted by its own officials.

From the creator of the Lone Wolf and Cub series (used as the basis for Shogun Assassin, and a direct influence on Tarantino’s Kill Bill) the Hanzo the Razor trilogy is presented here for the first time in the UK complete and uncut.

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3 Discs

  • 3 DVD special edition box set
  • Disc 01: HANZO THE RAZOR: Sword of Justice
  • Disc 02: HANZO THE RAZOR: The Snare
  • Disc 03: HANZO THE RAZOR: Who’s Got the Gold?
  • Accompanying booklet for each film
  • Restored, uncut, anamorphic 2.35:1 transfers
  • apanese audio with new and improved optional English subtitles
  • EXTRA: Original theatrical trailers for each film, with optional English subtitles


A hard-edged, chilling film-noir; a powerful and poignant 4-part...