After the reigning clan of Muromachi warlords is mercilessly exterminated by the evil Oda Nobunaga and his troupe of henchmen, Takamaru (Hiroyuki Sanada) — the sole survivor and heir to the Muromachi throne — flees to China and begins learning kung fu. Years later, he returns to his homeland to avenge the deaths of his ancestors, armed only with his newfound skills and a pair of swords that lead the way to a hidden gold mine. Sonny Chiba co-stars.
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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