2/2/11

Bohachi: Clan of the Forgotten Eight (1973) Review

Also Known As
Porno Jidaigeki: Bohachi Bushido
Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight

Main Details
Released in 1973
Color
2.35:1
Production Co: Toei

Cast and Crew
Directed by Teruo Ishii
Cinematography by Jubei Suzuki
Music by Hajime Kaburagi
Written by San Kaji, Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
Starring: Tetsuro Tanba, Goro Ibuki, Tatsuo Endo and Ryohei Uchida

Instead of a pure Pinky Violence feature, this time I thought I’d review Bohachi: Clan of the Forgotten Eight which is sort of a Chambara/Pinky Violence hybrid.  For those who are unaware, Chambara films are basically those of the sword fighting samurai genre.  In the grindhouse world that includes such films as the Zatoichi and Lone Wolf and Cub Series.  In fact, Kazuo Koike wrote the two manga for which Lone Wolf and Cub and Bohachi: Clan of the Forgotten Eight were based.  Now on to the blood and boobies...

Tetsuro Tanba as "Shino, the Assassin"


The story begins with our hero Shino (played by Tanba Tetsuro) embroiled in a bloody sword fight... on a bridge... at sunset... against overwhelming odds.  After cutting down wave after wave of advancing government troops who want him captured or dead, merely because he kills people for a living, he grows weary of killing says screw it and steps of the bridge into the icy waters below.  He’s ronin so he didn’t actually say, “Screw it.”  It was a much more poetic, "To live is hell, but to die, also is hell."


He is fished out and revived by warmth of a few of the whores of the Bohachi clan.  The Bohachi are bad guys.  They reject the eight values of honor, piety and selflessness of Confucianism and by doing so, live only for personal pleasure and gain thus making them "beasts in human skin."  They are essentially samurai with an anti-bushido ethos.  Shino is tested to become a member of this ruthless gang (it involves money and sex) andultimately fails but is still welcomed into the clan by it's leader because, you know, he's invincible.  The Bohachi chief has lofty goals and needs some help to carry out his plans of eliminating rival prostitution gangs.


Shino says, "Sure" because he has nothing else to do and commences killing or publicly shaming the guys who get it on with whores from rival gangs.  He then takes on the rival gangs themselves and everything goes swimmingly until Shino is double-crossed by the Bohachi chief and is forced to take out his employer, the Bohachi clan and then finally confront the government troops in an epic final fight on a snow covered battlefield.


Bohachi: Clan of the Forgotten Eight is a blood soaked Japanese period piece with boobies galore, as one would expect from this mixed genre, but it contains elements which set it apart from other Pinky Violence/Chambara films:

- Naked knife-wielding women bodyguards
- A syphilitic sex-addict prostitute kept in a cage
- Opium induced hallucinations
- Flying severed limbs and heads


Booby rating:  4 out of 5
Violence rating:  4 out of 5

28 comments:

Jonas said...

will watch it, boobies are always welcome

thenitefalls said...
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thenitefalls said...

The story looks amazing and the shots are so vivid. I'm definitely going to watch this one :D

Chris said...

Where can I watch this?

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Boobies, YEAH! :D I'm so going to watch it :D

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lovebloggin said...

that looks awesome!

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Ian Begley said...

Great range of pic, I'll be sure to check it out!

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PongoMongo said...

I might have to go watch this seems interesting

Fruffles said...

Boobys! Downloading now.

Isaac said...

I like the cover art alot, kinda hot lol

Chock Full of BS said...

I like the looks of it. The last 4 screencaps look really cool.

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Rabidmoose said...

4.5 booby rating? Guess I'll watch it then!

my day in a sentence said...

4.5 out of 5? Oh, well... ;)

WorldCraft said...

Syphilis wielding Sex assassins is just another way of saying 70's assassin ;)

FrenchNuggins said...

haha, just from looking at the cover art I know i'd already like this movie.

jonwinters said...

love the booby rating, hah

sense said...

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Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

Any movie with an adequate booby to violence ratio gets three thumbs up from me.

Polybius said...

I like that poster :)

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George Alex said...

hahahah mr.hate nice comment...But this is a quality movie!

Jik said...

deffinitely gotta watch this one.... .haahha

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Looks like a pretty good movie lol.

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Matthew said...

This looks really good. I'd have a hard time finding half these films tho.

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