Hanzo the Razor in June
Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Hanzo the Razor (3 DVD Special Edition Box Set) on 25th June 2007 priced at £24.99. Uncut for the first time ever in the UK, this cult 1970s Japanese pinku trilogy boasts crazy swordplay and sexploitation set to a 1970s funk soundtrack.
Shintarô Katsu (best known as the blind swordsman in the original Zatôichi) stars as Hanzo – a rebellious yet obsessively moral samurai police officer who slashes his way through the backbone of crime, uncovers corruption at higher levels, and tortures relentlessly using his own unique techniques. Shocking audiences even today, the hardest man in Edo regularly unleashes his special weapon in the form of his oversized penis, which he uses to 'interrogate' female suspects into pleasured compliance. Despite the knuckle-biting, graphic violence there is an underlying social commentary, testifying to the noble honour of the samurai and emphasising Hanzo's status as the people's champion.
In Sword of Justice, Hanzo overturns his own gutless superiors; in The Snare, he breaks into a temple used by local magistrates for the sadistic torture of young girls; in Who's Got the Gold?, the shogunate treasury is being looted by its own officials.
From the creator of the Lone Wolf and Cub series the Hanzo the Razor trilogy is presented here for the first time in the UK complete and uncut.
Each film has been restored and is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with Japanese mono audio and new and improved English subtitles. Extras are limited to the original trailers.