Shintarô Katsu returns in part two of the martial arts trilogy that chronicles the escapades of the samurai constable who lives and plays by his set of rules. This time, he battles devil worshippers, sadistic cultists and crooked officials.
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I am still not comfortable with the use of sexual violence within this series, but directed and written by Yasuzo Masumura, the director of Blind Beast, there is something more to this than mere titillation, something darker, more violent, more erotic-grotesque, and with a deeper, in context of an exploitation film, analysis of Hanzo’s moral code, a far more complex film than its luridness suggests.
I don't know why Masumura was pissing around with guff like this in the early 70s. I'd like Hanzo a whole lot more if he wasn't such a hypocrite. Certainly one of his lesser films. Cool soundtrack though.