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Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but finds his boss's enemies almost overwhelming.

  1. Hideo Gosha

    Director, Writer

  2. Shotaro Ikenami


Top Billed Cast

  1. Tatsuya Nakadai

    Tatsuya Nakadai

    Gomyo Kiyoemon

  2. Yoshio Harada

    Yoshio Harada

    Yataro Tanigawa

  3. Ayumi Ishida

    Ayumi Ishida


  4. Keiko Kishi

    Keiko Kishi


  5. Ai Kanzaki


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Hunter in the Dark
Hunter in the Dark


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Original Title 闇の狩人

Status Released

Release Information

  • June 17, 1979


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 2h 17m

Budget -

Revenue -



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