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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.

  1. Kazuo Ikehiro


  2. Itsuhiro Ishimatsu


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  1. Yoshio Harada

    Yoshio Harada


  2. Katsuo Nakamura

    Katsuo Nakamura

  3. Tôru Minegishi

    Tôru Minegishi

  4. Etsuko Ichihara

    Etsuko Ichihara

  5. Kôji Nanbara

    Kôji Nanbara

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The Trail of Blood
The Trail of Blood


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Original Title 無宿人御子神の丈吉 牙は引き裂いた

Status Released

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  • June 10, 1972


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 1h 28m

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