Hattori Hanzou: Kage no Gundan
(Hattori, Hanzou: Shadow Warriors)
Hattori Hanzou: Kage no Gundan (Hattori, Hanzou: Shadow Warriors) ran April 1, 1980 - September 30, 1980 (27 episodes)
Producers: Iwasaki, Tadashi (KTV); Matsudaira, Norimichi; Makiguchi, Yuji & Kyou, Namura (Toei)
Music: Watanabe, Shigeki
Hattori, Hanzou III
Shinichi (Sonny Chiba)
Dr. Kyonosuke Tsutsumi
After Hattori, Hanzou II displeased the Shogun (and lost his head) the Iga were excilled. As a result Hattori, Hanzou III is forced to hide his true identity behind the persona of a gambling bathhouse owner "Mr. Han". Hattori, Hanzou III's right hand man, Hyoroku, works in the Kijiyuu bathhouse. Hyoroku is a master of disguises and believes that a ninja must not fall in love with any woman. Daihachi works as a "Frog Oil" salesman and tries to be a womanizer. He'a an explosives expert. Kiheiji is a construction worker. Hattori, Hanzou III's Kunoichi (female ninja) Okiri works as a hairdresser. Also working for the Shadow Warriors is Dr. Kyonosuke Tsutsumi, who not only treats their wounds but his own as well.
After the death of Shogun Tokugawa, Iemitsu the government of Japan fell to regents as his his heir, Tokugawa, Ietsuna was only 10 years old (5 years old in this TV series). Hattori, Hanzou III occasionally works for Hoshina, Masayuki, guardian of the young Shogun, though he does not trust politicians, he's acccepted him as the best of lot. Hanzo is often disappointed in Masayuki's playing it safe, and disgusted at the corruption in the goverment.
The bathhouse matrin, Orin (who is not a ninja) is infatuated with her employeer. She has a rival, a younger bathhouse employee, Oume (also not a ninja). Mr. Han does not encourage either of them. For a time Okou, who is actually a spy for the Kogou ninja, worked in the bathhouse as well. Hattori, Hanzou II killed Okou's father and Mitsubayashi, Kyoko, leader of the Kogou, expects her to take revenge by killing Hattori, Hanzou III. Mitsubayashi, Kyoko suspects that Okou is stalling because she's fallen in love with Hattori, Hanzou III (he's right). Hattori, Hanzou III knew all along that she was Kouga agent but believed having her nearby would let him monitor the Kouga clan's actions. However, once she realised that he knew she left the bathhouse. She does however follow him around, sometimes hindering, sometmes helping.
After Mitsubayashi, Kyoko is maimed by Hattori, Hanzaou (who refuses to kill him because that would be too good for him) Kyoko's younger brother, Kishirou, shows up with a plan to kill Hattori, Hanzaou. Actually, its a plan to get rid of his brother so he can become leader of Kouga. Okou has a younger sister, Okiku, who is blind. After Mitsubayashi, Kyoko is killed, Okou leaves Edo with her sister, hoping for a better life for Okiku. Of the two, Mitsubayashi, Kyoko and Mitsubayashi, Kishirou; Kishirou is the worst. While, Kyoko would fight with his men, Kishishour is willing to stand by and watch them be killed, he cares nothing for them.
When men and women are killed in this show they bleed. At the Kijiyuu bathhouse there are many scenes of naked women.
Although the major characters in this series are based on real historical figures, the stories are of course fictionalized. Tokugawa, Ietsuna was the 4th Tokugaw Shogun. The Oniwaban, government employeed ninja, did not actually come into existance until the 8th Tokugawa Shogun and were in fact Iga Ninja not Kouga as portrayed in this series.
Shihomi, Etsuko (Mari in Kikaida 01) guest stars in episode 9 as Hanzo's niece Kirara.
|1. 04-01-1980 Tigers Sharpen Their Claws in a Storm|
|2. 04-08-1980 A Female Leopard, Hiding in the Dark|
|3. 04-15-1980 A Devil Called Oushu Highway|
|4. 04-22-1980 The Spring of Kyoto: The Trick of the Black Teeth|
|5. 04-29-1980 Soft Skin Sunk Into a Whirlpool|
|6. 05-06-1980 The Woman Disappeared Into the Port on a Foggy Night|
|7. 05-13-1980 The Target is a Mystery Woman|
|8. 05-20-1980 Infiltration! The Ladies' Chambers Night and Day|
|9. 05-27-1980 The Female Ninja's May in Shadows|
|10. 06-03-1980 The Black Hair Burned With the Grudge|
|11. 06-10-1980 A Bride and a Murderous Fiend|
|12. 06-17-1980 Kill Night Spiders Even If They Are Parents|
|13. 06-24-1980 Midnight Beauty|
|14. 07-01-1980 The Shogun Disappeared! The Plot of the Female Foxes|
|15. 07-08-1980 Mysterious Priest, Inviting Hell|
|16. 07-15-1980 Don't Get Involved With Dangerous Women|
|17. 07-22-1980 The Living Shadow Shogun|
|18. 07-29-1980 The Killer in the Eyes|
|19. 08-05-1980 Palace of the Bloodsucking Woman|
|20. 08-12-1980 I'm Going To be Killed!|
|21. 08-19-1980 Hiding! The Hole of Snakes|
|22. 08-26-1980 The Dreadful Investigator|
|23. 09-02-1980 The Red Eyes of the Snake Are a Death Sentence|
|24. 09-09-1980 Sudder! Sacrifice of the Virgin|
|25. 09-16-1980 The Trick Ceiling of the Tragic Love|
|26. 09-23-1980 The Ominous Place; The Cursed Flute|
|27. 09-30-1980 Intrusion! 24 Hours in the Woman's Bath|
The opening theme for Hattori Hanzou: Kage no Gundan is instrumental, composed by Watanabe, Shigeki. The ending theme is, "Prayer of G", words, music and vocals by Okabayashi, Nobuyasu; arrangement by Watanabe, Shigeki.
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Hattori Hanzou: Kage no Gundan ? 1980 Kansai Telecasting Corporation (KTV) & Toei Co., Ltd.