Martial artist Doshin So (Sonny Chiba) finds the life he left during World War II, when he was recruited to work as a special agent to spy on the enemy, completely upended: His family’s extensive land holdings have been co-opted, and the village in which he lives is overrun by criminals. Plus, a group of teens who lost their parents have no place to go and no means to forge a better life. Doshin decides it’s time to fight back and regain control.
Noribumi Suzuki (鈴木則文 Suzuki Noribumi?), also known as Norifumi Suzuki, is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his works for studio Toei (東映株式会社), especially the Red Peony Gambler and Truck Yarō series.
Suzuki was born November 26, 1933 in Shizuoka. He dropped out of Ritsumeikan University’s Department of Economics, and subsequently joined Toei’s Kyoto Studio as an assistant director in 1956, learning his craft under Masahiro Makino, Tai Kato and Tomu Uchida. He made his screenwriting debut on director Kōkichi Uchide’s 1963 film Zoku: Tenamonya Sandogasa (続・てなもんや三度笠, co-written with Takaharu Sawada), and his directorial debut in 1965 with Osaka Dokonjō Monogatari: Doerai Yatsu (大阪ど根性物語 どえらい奴), starring Makoto Fujita.
At the behest of Toei producer Shigeru Okada, Suzuki wrote the script for female gambler film Red Peony Gambler (緋牡丹博徒, 1968) starring Junko Fuji, which became a hit series spanning eight films.
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