- Directed by Hideo Gosha
- Starring Isao Natsuyagi, Ryôhei Uchida, Junko Miyazono, Tatsuo Endô
- Written by Hideo Gosha, Kei Tasaka
Samurai Wolf (1966) -- Samurai Wolf serves like a cornerstone between the old American westerns of the 50's and the spaghetti western revolution that was well underway by 1966. Yet it's a Japanese samurai movie. Taking its cue from Kurosawa's Yojimbo and by extension the works of John Ford, Gosha here instills to his samurai action a pulpy comic book sensibility and a sense of biting cynicism which bears a similarity to Sergio Leone.
Kiba Okaminosuke is the typical alienated antihero that strides into town to save the day by helping a blind lady and her relay post with the mission of transporting 30000 ryo to the next post. Kiba is not as cynic and self-serving as Yojimbo's character but they do share many similar feats. Isao Natsuyagi who plays the titular hero looks and carries himself with something of the scruffy, animalistic energy of Toshiro Mifune in Kurosawa's classic. A wild animal with a menacing exterior that hides a kind heart. And as a true heir to this longstanding tradition of lone antiheroes, Kiba cannot settle down. He's bound to be a drifter and an outcast. Once his work is down, he leaves town.
Samurai Wolf DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 10/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.