Okada Izo is a ronin born into poverty who joins the Tosa loyalists, a group headed by Hanpeita Takechi. Izo soon becomes a well known and successful killer, and he is stubbornly loyal to Takechi. However, Ryoma Sakamoto warns him that he is merely "Takechi's dog" and that Takechi will end up betraying him. As Takechi becomes more and more determined to succeed, it becomes necessary to sacrifice Izo, which he does by having him arrested and later trying to poison him. Izo, disillusioned, confesses to his murders for the Tosa Loyalists, and he is condemned to Crucifixion. Before being killed, he is told that Takechi will be forced to commit seppuku.
Title: Hitokiri Also Known As: 人斬り / Tenchu! / 天誅 Country: Japan Language: Japanese Subtitle: English Year: 1969 Genre: Action, Drama, Samurai, Ninja, Martial Arts
Shintaro Katsu as Okada Izo
Tatsuya Nakadai as Hanpeita Takechi
Yujiro Ishihara as Sakamoto Ryoma
Yukio Mishima as Tanaka Shinbei
Mitsuko Baisho as Onimo
Takumi Shinjo as Minakawa