Samurai Wolf

75 mins.
Directed by Hideo Gosha
NR
Japanese with subtitles
1966

Isao Natsuyagi stars as Kiba, a charismatic ronin who wanders into a small town and ends up ensnared in a local conflict that's more than meets the eye. After dispatching a pair of highway criminals seen robbing a courier wagon, Kiba agrees to assist a beautiful blind woman who runs the local shipping company.

Double and triple-crosses ensue, illustrated with savage but economical violence courtesy of famed director Hideo Gosha's striking black and white filmmaking, with much of the vicious swordplay caught in stunning slow motion.

The result is a lean and mean triumph of samurai cinema, cementing Gosha's status as a master of the genre.

Presented in a new digital restoration!