Hanzo the Razor: The Snare

For better or worse, this entry abandons the experimental elements that were introduced in Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice. They did however keep Hanzo the Razor’s character. While his disdain for titles and abuse of power can be seen as likeable in a “fighting for the little guy” kind of way, he is a serial rapist and abuses those he decides to employ, which makes him rather unlikeable. Maybe these would work better as pink films, I’m not sure.

Anyway, all that being said, abandoning the more experimental elements introduced in the first Hanzo film allowed this entry to play out as a more conventional detective movie. The swordplay is better and Hanzo’s use of traps lead to some cool kills. Is Hanzo feudal Japan’s 007? It certainly feels inspired in some ways by James Bond.

Overall I enjoyed the experience, though I wish they had gone the other direction and figured out how to work the weirder experimental elements. If they had succeeded in that, maybe Hanzo would have been Katsu’s next Zatoichi.