Friday, January 11, 2008

Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice

Kenji Misumi | 1972 | 94 min | Japan

Who's the Asian with a steel dick
That's a sex machine to all the chicks?
(Hanzo!)
You're damn right

Who is the man
That would risk his neck for his brother man?
(Hanzo!)
Can ya dig it?

Who's the cat that won't cop out
When there's danger all about
(Hanzo!)
Right on

You see this cat Hanzo is a bad mother--
(Shut your mouth)
But I'm talkin' about Hanzo!
(Then we can dig it)

He's a complicated man
But no one understands him but his woman
(Razor Hanzo!)

Hanzo the Razor plays off the masculine lone wolf types that typify detective fiction, westerns, and other martial arts films, but this film owes its largest debt to American Blaxploitation movies. Hanzo is a hero, to be sure, but one who lives on the fringes of society. His quest for justice is frequently unorthodox and more often than not necessitates gettin his groove with sexy prisoners. Right on. From the amazing soundtrack to the odd institials, Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice is a bizarre and massively entertaining hybrid.

2 comments:

katarina said...

I didn't think that someone would win my heart as hard as Frankenstein from Death Race 2000 anytime soon, but damn! That Hanzo is a smooth motherfucker.

Like I said at the screening: if I met a man with a house that well booby-trapped and equipped with an interrogation spa, I would never leave him!

aaron said...

between the stoic power-sex face + extreme penis training, he is basically a dream boat.