Hanzo the Razor

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Hanzo the Razor (かみそり 半蔵, Kamisori Hanzō) is a fictional character featured in the trilogy of Japanese chanbara films of the same name. The films star Shintaro Katsu as the title character. He also produced the trilogy through his own Katsu Productions.

After the decline of Daiei at the end of the 1960s, Shintaro Katsu established his own independent production company in 1967 called Katsu Productions.[1][2] In 1972, Katsu Productions released the chanbara film trilogy with the Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice based on a gekiga by Koike Kazuo.[1] The series is about a law enforcer, during the Edo who interrogates female victims with his large penis.[1]


Official English title Japanese title Japanese release date Ref(s)
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice 御用牙 (Goyōkiba) 30 December 1972 [2]
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare 御用牙 かみそり半蔵地獄責め (Goyōkiba: Kamisori Hanzō jigoku zeme) 11 August 1973 [3]
Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold? 御用牙 鬼の半蔵やわ肌小判 (Goyōkiba: Oni no Hanzō yawahada koban) 9 February 1974 [4]

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

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Character Film
Hanzo the Razor – Sword of Justice Hanzo the Razor – The Snare Hanzo the Razor – Who's Got the Gold?
Hanzo Itami
The Razor
Shintaro Katsu [2][3][4]


Occupation Film
Hanzo the Razor – Sword of Justice
Hanzo the Razor – The Snare
Hanzo the Razor – Who's Got the Gold?
Director Kenji Misumi Yasuzo Masumura Yoshio Inoue
Producer(s) Shintaro Katsu, Kozen Nishioka
Screenplay Kazuo Koike Yasuzo Masumura
Composer(s) Kunihiko Murai Isao Tomita Hideaki Sakurai
Director of photography Jishi Makiura Kazuro Miyagawa Jishi Makiura
Editor(s) N/A Toshio Taniguchi N/A
Ref(s) [2] [3] [4]



  1. ^ a b c Sharp 2011, p. 123.
  2. ^ a b c d Galbraith IV 2008, p. 286.
  3. ^ a b c Galbraith IV 2008, p. 291.
  4. ^ a b c Galbraith IV 2008, p. 294.


  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 1461673747.
  • Sharp, Jasper (2011). Historical Diciontary of Japanese Cinema. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810875411.

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