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  • Actors: Yoshio Harada
  • Format: Box set, Color, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Animeigo
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 251 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A must-see for any samurai fans, The Mikogami Trilogy follows a lone outcast named Jokichi, whose quest for revenge takes up three action-packed films. The limbs will fly and the blood will spurt as Jokichi wanders the countryside tracking down the rats that murdered his family! After wandering Japan as a Yakuza swordsman, Jokichi decided to settle down and live the straight life. But when fellow mobsters brutally murder his entire family, his thirst for revenge launches him on a killing spree so extensive it couldn't fit into just one film.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Jagger on November 21, 2007
One of the first things I noticed when I watched my VHS copies of the "Mikogami Trilogy" was the character of Jokichi (Yoshio Harada). It's amazing that he has been around for so long, and having viewed the 2nd film of the trilogy many years ago during its release in Los Angeles, I was amazed at how young he looked while viewing these films recently. Boy, am I getting old. This films protagonist, with his long shaggy hair and rough edges, was a new sort of film breed during its release in the early 70s. Gone were the narrative dramas of the previous samurai flicks, and in came a whole new breed of the exploitation samurai films of the genre. Not that this is a bad thing. Case in point, "Lone Wolf And Cub" starring the bigger than life Tomisaburo Wakayama. [Although there was "Hanzo the Razor"] And while I believe that the ZATOICHI films were the best that the samurai films had to offer during this era, that does not mean these films will not be enjoyed by many.

These films do not have the same narrative flow that one would find with earlier samurai films, as the audiences at the time thirsted for more blood splattering sword play. And the studios were more than willing to unleash a whole new style of samurai flicks. And once again, this is not a bad thing, as I enjoy "Lone Wolf And Cub" quite a bit. And whereas "Lone Wolf And Cubs" very own Tomisaburo Wakayama was a one man army, devastating in his fight against the minions he fought--ALL single handedly--while Katsu Shintaro would strike down two dozen yakuza within a matter of seconds, Jokichi was the sort of protagonist who would need the occasional help and sheer dumb luck to get out of some of his predicaments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By asugar2 on October 5, 2008
Great Bloody retro-Yakuza Action! Typical Yakuza revenge setting. The anti-Hero, Jokichi of Mikogami (Yoshio Harada), a famed wandering lone-wolf, yakuza rescues a girl, Okinu (a teahouse owner) from a gang of Yakuza & scars their leader Kyubei on his forehead. Okinu wants him to settle down & start a family, so they run away, change thier identity & he tries to go straight & puts away his sword & other Yakuza gear. Everything is fine for 3 years & they have a son as Jokichi becomes a wood ornament craftman but then as Jokichi is traveling he runs into Kyubei's men who drag Jokichi to their Oyabun (boss) Kyubei. Jokichi tell Kyubei that he has gone straight & has taken a non-violence vow. Even after he's beaten, thrown into the sewer mud, pissed-on, & has 2 of his fingers smashed & is forced to chop them off off, he still refuses to fight. Jokichi limps back home and finds his wife brutally raped mutiple times and his wife & son both brutally killed, Kyubei clearly having notified the Yakuza world of his whereabouts and calling on anyone in the area to strike out. Needless to say, this drives Jokichi over the edge and in typical revenge Yakuza film fashion, he dusts off his sword, makes some sharpened nail-talons for his dismembered hand, puts on his white Yakuza gear and sets out to kill the three key Yakuza behind the slaughter of his family, Oyabuns (bosses's) Kyubei, Chuji, and Chogoro.

In Fearless Avenger, Jokichi tracks Chogoro down and impulsively confronts him during a gathering of all the Yakuza Oyabun (bosses) of eastern Japan. His head is saved from being killed outright by 100 Yakuza by "Thunder" Juzaburo, the most powerful boss at the meeting, who, despite Jokichi's rudeness, respects the ostracized outlaw's courage.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2009
Samurai flicks, like all long-running genres, have their eras. The Golden Age of the 1950s and 60s had directors like Kurosawa and Kobayashi telling stately stories of honor and politics, with classical samurai themes and tropes. In the 70s, however, it was all about the crowd-pleasing spectacle of blood and vengeance.

The "Mikogami Trilogy" is a perfect example of the 70s samurai. This is Shaft compared to The Godfather, with Harada Yoshio's (Lady Snowblood - Love Song of Vengeance) character Jokichi slaughtering and swaggering to funky baselines rather than austere koto music. This is all style and fun, without the social themes and bottomless depth of the Golden Age films. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Obviously, there are three films in the trilogy, but it seems likely that more were intended. Director Ikehiro Kazuo was a veteran of "series" flicks, having filmed a few Zatoichi entries, like Zatoichi's Flashing Sword and Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold, as well as several "Sleepy Eyes of Death" flicks. It is possible that Mikogami was supposed to be the start of a new series that never really took off, or maybe they just wanted to leave the trilogy open-ended.
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