|The Executioner 1|
Directed by Teruo Ishii
Cast: Sonny Chiba, Eiji Gô, Yasuaki Kurata, Makoto Sato, Hiroyuki Sanada
THE EXECUTIONER begins with an old Ninjitsu master teaching martial arts to his grandson. The boy grows up to become Koga, the Ninja enforcer; a man who will kill for a price. The Chairman is an ex-cop who resorts to vigilantism to fight organized crime. He hires the best men money can buy, such as Koga and the cold assassin Hayabusa (Makoto Sato). The Chairman uses his beautiful daughter to win the loyalty of these professional killers, and one other named Sakura (who Koga busts out of jail). The Chairman learns that a Latin American gang is smuggling cocaine into Japan from China. He deploys the team of Koga, Hayabusa, and Sakura to take down the drug ring—but these three temperamental types just don’t get along. Meanwhile, the leader of the smugglers, Mario, gets his kicks by staging fighting tournaments. Mario hires three vicious fighters, the Cannibal, Leo the Sicilian, and Boxer Nagasura to join his gang. Hayabusa talks Koga into breaking into Mario’s mansion and stealing the drugs which will be worth several billion yen. As Koga storms the mansion and is greeted by an army of gangsters, Hayabusa recruits the aid of his former pupil (Yasuaki Kurata) to help out in the raid.
The fighter known as Boxer Nagasura actually holds his own against Koga. Thanks to Boxer Nagasura’s fighting power, the gangsters overpower Koga. Once they have him, they quickly turn their backs on Boxer Nagasura. He stands up for himself but is stabbed by Mario. Hayabusa and his protégé literally crash the party and tackle the gangsters. In the fracas, Koga is freed and all hell breaks loose. Koga and Hayabusa manage to steal a suitcase containing the drugs. Once they escape, Koga and Hayabusa open it up to inspect the stash, only top find it full of flour…
1974 Color Widescreen 85 Mins.
Japanese with English subtitles.