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Credited cast:
Makoto Fujita Makoto Fujita ...  Mondo Nakamura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ichirô Arishima Ichirô Arishima
Izumi Ayukawa Izumi Ayukawa ...  Kayo
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki
Kyô Hanaki Kyô Hanaki
Ippei Hikaru Ippei Hikaru ...  Junnosuke Nishi
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda
Chikako Kaku Chikako Kaku
Masaki Kyômoto ...  Ryû
Hisako Manda Hisako Manda
Yôko Moriguchi ...  Oshin (as Yôko Nada)
Naomi Morinaga Naomi Morinaga
Hiroaki Murakami Hiroaki Murakami ...  Masa
Yoshinori Nakai Yoshinori Nakai ... (as Yudetamago)
Yôko Nogiwa Yôko Nogiwa


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Release Date:

11 January 1985 (Japan) See more »

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Technical Specs


(26 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kanashimi iro no...
Written by Masaki Kyômoto
Performed by Masaki Kyômoto
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Surprising Feudal Samurai Series
16 April 2010 | by lynxx55See all my reviews

This long-running TV drama focuses on a band of assassins (shigotonin) for hire in feudal Japan. I watched it years ago to help my study of Japanese language. I could not believe what I was seeing on the TV screen because the series was so skewed and offbeat.

The show was written to a formula, and each week the story line was similar. Downtrodden commoners needed revenge for injustice and the cruel misdeeds of various bureaucrats and the wealthy and powerful. I believe the hit team was sent on assignment by a Buddhist nun, but they often did pro bono work for a deserving person. One season the band of assassins were disguised as traveling entertainers.

Each episode ended the same way. Each team member was shown rushing to the designated location for the hit. Each one had a particular specialty weapon---a sword, a garrote, a sharpened hairpin. This was a set piece for each episode. Justice triumphs!

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