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The Trail of Blood, The Fearless Avenger, Slaughter in the Snow.

  • Number of Movies: 3
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Featured Cast

  1. Yoshio Harada

    Yoshio Harada

    Jokichi of Mikogami, Jokichi

  2. Atsuo Nakamura
  3. Katsuo Nakamura
  4. Tōru Minegishi

    Tōru Minegishi

    , Kunisada Chuji

  5. Etsuko Ichihara
  6. Renji Ishibashi
  7. Kôji Nanbara
  8. Tōru Abe
  9. Kantarô Suga

Featured Crew

  1. Kazuo Ikehiro

    Kazuo Ikehiro

    Directing, Writing

The Trail of Blood

June 10, 1972

Can a sinful man change and find peace? It's unlikely in gang-plagued Japan. Jokichi of Mikogami, a drifter (and hired sword), goes straight after protecting a woman in distress: they marry, have a son, and Jokichi pursues his father's craft. After three years, the gangs he embarrassed when he saved his wife find the family and leave Jokichi in grief, vowing revenge. To parry his terrible swift sword, rival gangs join forces, hiring a prostitute to pose as a woman needing help and breaking the code of honor to double cross the drifter. He finds unlikely allies: a thief who aids him for fun and a one-eyed swordsman who may be Jokichi's equal in skill and honor.

The Fearless Avenger

October 10, 1972

Thirsting for revenge, Jokichi rashly attempts to assassinate the evil Chogoro but ends up being captured by Yakuza. His life is spared by Boss Juzaburo, in order that the harmony of an important commemoration not be further disturbed. Though now even more of an outcast, Jokichi is asked by another Yakuza boss, Umezo, to guard Oyuki, the wayward daughter of Juzaburo. The tragic consequences of this assignment will lead him into a deadly trap and a final confrontation with Chogoro.

Slaughter in the Snow

June 8, 1973

In feudal Japan, women are vulnerable, in need of protection, and capable of deception. Jokichi of Mikogami, a drifter, has not yet fully revenged the death of his wife and son. He searches for Kunisada Chuji, who in turn has hired the knife-throwing Windmill Kobunji to kill him. Kobunji and Jokichi meet in the winter, near Sasago Pass, when both have rescued women: Jokichi has saved the lute-playing Oyae whose clan and whose lover want her dead; Kobunji has rescued Oharu, a well-born woman married to an innkeeper. Is this rescue a whim or something deeper? And why does Jokichi become the consumptive Kobunji's protector? What ultimately will Jokichi do about Oyae?

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