Film / Hanzo the Razor

Hanzo the Razor is a trilogy of films based on Kazuo Koike's manga Goyokibe. Like most of Koike's works, it is dynamically violent and exploitative, but very enjoyable.

Hanzo Itami is a good cop in Edo Japan, foiling nefarious plots by corrupt officials. His greatest weapon in getting information is his other blade.

Hanzo the Razor provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Anachronism Stew: Many of the magistrates wear glasses, and the aesthetics of the movie overall are very 70s, right down to the soundtracks by famed composer Isao Tomita and Psychedelic Rock musician and record producer Kunihiko Murai.
  • Anti-Hero: Hanzo is a type III, being willing to gain access to information with rather nasty methods.
  • End of an Age: The second film seems to signal the film trilogy takes place in the very end of the Edo era.note 
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Using clever camera trickery, Hanzo's methods of strengthening his... member can be shown. How Eirin didn't go nuts at this is anyone's guess.
  • Gray and Gray Morality: Is Hanzo just as bad as the murderers and thieves he puts away?
  • Kavorka Man: Shintaro Katsu isn't exactly the most attractive man, being slightly overweight...
  • The Rival: Magobei Onishi, who Hanzo hates ("Snake Magobei!") for being a jackass who takes bribes and has affairs with women.