onsdag 27 januari 2010

Goyôkiba (1972)

Razor Hanzo is a no bullshit guy. A bit like if Charles Bronson was living in Japan in the days when there were no filthy gaijin influences. He is a policeofficer in Edo but has some rather unorthodox working methods, which isnt exactly approved by his superiors but Hanzo is so fucking tough that he doesnt care, he hates them anyway since they're all whimps. When he is not out chasing criminals or corrupt officers, he spends his days torturing himself to become even tougher and also pounding his giant penis with a piece of wood to make it even.. harder? Hanso's speciality is coaxing information out of female suspects using his giant tool by putting them in a fishnet, lowering them down on his rod and then spinning the net until they tell him everything when he threatens to stop pounding them. Yes, only in Japan.

But it works, it really does. Shintaro Katsu, previously known as Zatoichi in a series of 20+ movies which I really should get down to watching some day, is awesome in the titlerole, displaying good actingskills and a natural authority. Watching him pounding his meat feels completely natural. Add to this a great funky score and some decent bloodshed we get a good movie for all the lovers of the red geysers of the 70s samuraimovies. The sexual bits are a bit odd, but unless this is your first japanese movie they feel pretty natural with the period. This is only available on dvd in a box with the two sequels, and I really look forward to watching more of this mayhem.

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