Samurai Wolf

Directed by Hideo Gosha
Film Movement Classics
1966
75 Minutes
Japan
Japanese
Asian, Action, Classics, Western
Not Rated

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 (THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI, VIOLENT STREETS) striking black and white filmmaking. The result is a lean and mean triumph of samurai cinema, cementing Gosha's status as a master of the genre.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Hideo Gosha
  • Starring: Isao Natsuyagi
  • Starring: Ryôhei Uchida
  • Starring: Junko Miyazono
  • Starring: Tatsuo Endô

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  • "SAMURAI WOLF is a delicious cold cut samurai sandwich that adheres to standard Chambara conventions, but creates a vastly likable hero in the process. [Gosha's] work is ripe for discovery and wider recognition...."
    Lone Wolves and Hidden Dragons
  • "To call it action-packed would be an understatement. At the same time, it is also one of the most imaginatively photographed and edited films of the sixties."
    Japan On Film
  • "The swordplay in this film (much of it in supremely filmed slow-mo) is some of the finest and most savage that I have ever seen in a Chanbara pic of this vintage (the blood sprays and oozes most convincingly and frequently). That the film manages to introduce so many interesting and colorful characters and provide so much character depth in such a short span of time is breathtaking."
    Films from the Far Reaches