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THE WICKED PRIEST 
(Gokuaku Bozu)

During the Taisho Period (early 1920's) a monastery of warrior monks was split apart between two factions. One of these factions was led by the Chief Abbot and his protégé, Shinkai. When Shinkai intercedes in a fight between a rival priest and some ruffians it leads to his expulsion from the order. This story introduced us to the character of Shinkai, a 'Karate Priest' and his long running feud with Ryotatsu, his greatest rival. There are touches of humor as Shinkai breaks all the commandments of a priest, including fighting,
gambling, and running after women. All this leads to an awesome conclusion as he must destroy a gang of yakuza aided by corrupt
priests. The fighting is fast and furious as Ryotatsu waits to see if Shinkai can live long enough to face him in the ultimate test!
 
Directed by: SAEKI Kiyoshi
Starring: WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo,
TACHIBANA Masumi, SHIRAKI Mari,
ENDO Tatsuo, SUGAWARA Bunta
 
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WICKED PRIEST #3 (Gokuaku Bozu Nembutsu Hitokiri Tabi)

Starring: Wakayama Tomisaburo, Sugawara Bunta

Directed by: Harada Takashi

Shinkai comes to the aid of a coastal village being held hostage by a group of political revolutionaries. The climax of this film features an extraordinary swordfight on the beach at sunrise. As in all the films in this series, there is a meeting between Shinkai and his former best friend, the Ryotatsu the Whipmaster, a blind priest who seeks revenge on Shinkai for taking his sight in the first film in the series.

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WICKED PRIEST #5 (Gokuaku Bozu Nomu Utsu Kau) Toei color 89 min.

Starring: Wakayama Tomisaburo, Sugawara Bunta, Shimura Takashi

Directed by: Saito Buichi

As the Killer Priest Shinkai travels around Japan during the Meiji era, he comes to the aid of a village headman fighting corruption from up above. Before he can do anything for the townspeople, he must first face his nemesis, Whipmaster, the blind Priest, a master killer thirsting for revenge.

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WICKED PRIEST #4 (Gokuaku Bozu Nembutsu Sandan Giri) Toei color 94 min.

Starring: Wakayama Tomisaburo, Sugawara Bunta

Directed by: Harada Takashi

In Meiji Period Japan, the carrying of swords had been outlawed, so Shikai, the Killer Priest carries his sword disguised as a Priest’s staff. One of the strongest entries in the series, Shinkai is badly injured, and must face his worst enemy in what could be their final showdown.

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KILLER’S MISSION (Shokin Kasegi) Toei color 90 min.

Starring: Wakayama Tomisaburo, Nogawa Yumiko, Kataoka Chiezo
Directed by: Ozawa Shigehiro

  Acting under the Shogun’s orders Shikoro Ichibei must try to stop the sale of modern Dutch guns to the revolutionary Satsuma Clan, so they cannot rise against the Shogunate and take over Japan. Ichibei has to go down to Satsuma on the island of Kyushyu where blends in by appearing to be a blind man.

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UNDER THE BLOSSOMING CHERRY TREES



When a thief played by WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo murders a man and abducts his wife, little does he know what he’s gotten himself into. In a world where the people believe that a person caught under the falling blossoms of a cherry tree will go insane, the true meaning of evil is played out by the most conniving woman in a masterful performance by IWASHITA Shima. One of Japan’s greatest actresses, she is also the wife of director SHINODA Masahiro, and stars in most of his films. This is an absolutely brilliant and powerful film.

Starring: WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo, IWASHITA Shima

Directed by: SHINODA Masahiro

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