Natsuyaki Isao plays Kiba Okaminosuke (which means ‘Fangs of the Wolf’), a powerful swordsman for hire. His job is to protect a blind lady boss from the evil Nizaemon, a man with no conscience, who has hired his own master swords-man played by Uchida Ryohei (THE SHADOW HUNTERS), the only man skilled enough to kill the Wolf. —japanesesamuraidvd
Hideo Gosha was born on February 26, 1929, in Tokyo. After graduating with a business degree from Meiji University, Gosha worked for several years as a reporter for Nippon Television. By 30, he moved to Fuji TV where he became Chief Producer and Director. One popular show he produced, Sanbiki no Samurai (Three Outlaw Samurai), caught the eye of Shochiku Studios and he was soon offered a contract.
His first film, also called Three Outlaw Samurai (an adaptation of the television series), premiered in 1964. A brilliant debut, the film not only marks the beginning of Gosha’s distinct style, but also features the first of twelve collaborations with the actor, Tetsuro Tamba (who also appears in The Geisha). Its success opened the door for other television shows that eventually made the transition to the big screen, most notably the Zatoichi series. Throughout the decade, Gosha directed several more critical and commercially viable films, including three films, Gohiki no shinshi (Cash… read more
Cool flick! Kitsuyagi Isao, with a very distinct set of eyes, as the Furious Wolf - your mannerless, destitute master ronin - made to fight against a hilarious samurai with great hair, protecting the honor of a small-town relay service. Really sweet harmonica and horn soundtrack, too. And it's hardly more than an hour long!