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Shadow Warriors

All Episodes 1980 - 1985

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  • Returning Series
  • Fuji TV
  • 1980-03-31T15:00:00Z
  • 59 mins
  • 4 days, 16 hours, 6 mins (114 episodes)
  • Japan
  • Japanese
  • Drama, Action, Adventure
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In 1651 during the Edo Period, the 11 year old Ietsuna becomes the fourth Shogun, leading his influential chief retainers to plot against each other to take the reins of power. The Hattori family, a clan of Iga Ninjas who were former vassals and protectors of the previous Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu have since fallen from grace. Their third generation ancestor, Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba) is now working as the master at public bathhouse in Edo City (what is now known as Tokyo). Fearing further political upheaval and instability, the Shogun's right-hand man, Masayuki Hoshina once again calls upon the unique skills and services of Hattori Hanzo's Ninja Clan. During the day, they masquerade as ordinary citizens, but at night they ride forth as the "Kage No Gundan", the secret "Shadow Army" who opposes all those who dare to threaten the authority of the reigning Shogun.
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119 episodes

1x01 Tigers Sharpen Their Claws in a Storm

  • Series Premiere

    1980-03-31T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

When a five-year old boy, Ietsuna, suddenly becomes the Shogun of Japan, numerous schemes to seize his power begin to hatch. The Shogun's trusted guardian, Hoshina, secretly asks the leader of the exiled Iga ninja clan, Hattori Hanzo, to help protect the stability of the nation.

1x02 A Female Leopard, Hiding in the Dark

  • 1980-04-07T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

Under orders from the Kouga clan, a revenge-seeking female ninja, Okou, infiltrates the bathhouse that doubles as the Shadow Warrior's secret base. Meanwhile, a wild Iga ninja causes trouble for Hanzo by refusing to remain in hiding.

1x03 A Devil Called Oushu Highway

  • 1980-04-14T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

A minor clan comes to Edo looking for warriors to help them take over a castle. Hanzo is suspicious that dirty politics are involved, but is convinced by Okou to help lend his arm in battle despite the hopeless odds.

After several loyal courts nobles are brutally murdered, Hoshima suspects a plot against the goverment is brewing in Kyoto. The Shadow Warriors leave Edo to try and stop the conspirators. But will Okou's desire for revenge ruin everything?

1x05 Soft Skin Sunk Into a Whirlpool

  • 1980-04-28T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

Under the guidance of a ninja hunter, the Tokushima clan is secretly gathering weapons and plotting a rebellion against the government. A bloody civil war will break out unless the Shadow Warriors can sneak into enemy territory and disrupt the plot.

1x06 The Woman Disappeared Into the Port

  • 1980-05-05T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

The Iga ninja of Nagasaki are accused of running an illegal opium ring to help fund a campaign against the government. Hanzo and the Shadow Warriors venture to Nagasaki's foreign quarter to try and prove their clan's innocence.

1x07 The Target is a Mystery Woman

  • 1980-05-12T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

A mysterious female thief is targeting Hoshina's allies. The perpetrator is none other than Hoshina's long-lost daughter who has allied herself with his enemies. Hanzo must help repair the rift between parent and child before tragedy strikes.

Against Okou's protests, Hanzo is determined to solve a mysterious spree of deaths surrounding both a brothel and the Imperial court. He uncovers a complex blackmail scheme targeting some of the most powerful merchants and nobles of Edo.

1x09 The Female Ninja's May in Shadows

  • 1980-05-26T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

When wildcat female ninja Kirara (played by Etsuko Shihomi of Sister Street Fighter fame) drops into Edo to visit her uncle Hanzo, the Kouga ninja try to draw her into a trap using her old flame as the bait.

Bathhouse employee Oume has been kidnapped and Hanzo discovers that the Kouga ninja are behind it. She is held prisoner while Minaguchi and his reckless younger brother lure Hanzo into a fateful duel with the revenge-seeking Okou.

1x11 A Bride and a Murderous Fiend

  • 1980-06-09T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

A ninja clan thought destroyed has returned to wipe out entire villages of Hanzo's iga clan. When Isaburou, an Iga ninja in hiding, is taken captive, Hanzo must find a way to remove him from his enemies' seemingly impenetrable base.

Daihachi and hyouroku catch a gang of burglars fleeing the scene of a crime. The perpetrators are members of the mysterious Tsuchigumo clan whose well-connected leader wants revenge on the Iga ninja for interfering with his schemes.

1x13 Midnight Beauty

  • 1980-06-23T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

One by one, members of the Iga clan fall prey to the supernatural powers of a frightening old hag. Hanzo connects these baffling events to a vengeful enemy who once used sorcery against his ancestors.

A trio of villains orchestrates the kidnapping of the young lord Ietsuna. Hanzo and his Shadow Warriors try in vain to rescue the young Shogun before a successor replaces him. But a mysterious clan of evil ninja stands in their way.

1x15 Mysterious Priest, Inviting Hell

  • 1980-07-07T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

Hanzo makes for his ancestral home to gather the Iga clan for an assault on the castle where young Ietsuna is being held captive. Little does Hanzo know that the order has been given to kill the child as soon as he sets foot in the enemy stronghold!

Someone is killing off the servants of the Annaka clan. Daihachi offers to help out a comely member of the clan by delivering and important letter for her, but he gets mixed up along the way with a traveling group of female entertainers in league with the enemy.

1x17 The Living Shadow Shogun

  • 1980-07-21T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

A rich old man from the Kansai area comes to Edo with intent to takeover the local businesses, including Hanzo's bathhouse. The Shadow Warriors seek to end his unscrupulous tactics, but discover they may have spies in their midst.

1x18 The Killer in the Eyes

  • 1980-07-28T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

Hidden villages are under attack by the Tenma, a dangerous clan who seeks to destroy the Iga using explosives. Now, a hidden bomb planted in the Kiji bathhouse threatens the Shadow Warriors.

1x19 Palace of the Bloodsucking Woman

  • 1980-08-04T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

Lovesick men are drowning themselves in the moat of a castle inhabited by Onatsu and Otama, two of the ex-Shogun's mistresses. Hoshina asks Hanzo to get to the bottom of the mysterious deaths, which are smearing Onatsu's reputation.

1x20 I'm Going to be Killed!

  • 1980-08-11T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

When the Saijou clan is left without a leader, Hoshina asks Hanzo to help him find the clan's missing female heir. Hanzo's search brings him into conflict with enemies from his past, including the Kouga ninja.

1x21 Hiding! The Hole of Snakes

  • 1980-08-18T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

On the run from the Kouga clan, Okou seeks shelter in a remote temple. Meanwhile, Hanzo ventures to the countryside to check up on his Iga ninja. Along the way, he is reunited with Okou and battles a ninja clan who are abducting children.

1x22 The Dreadful Instigator

  • 1980-08-25T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

After unknown thieves try to rob a shipment of government gold, Hoshina sends Hanzo to guard the riches on their way to Edo. Hanzo enlists the help of several Iga ninja in hiding in order to help with the dangerous task.

Hanzo suspects a group of assassins for hire, known as the dark instigators, is behind a series of suspicious murders. After Oume's sister is found dead in a mysterious double suicide, Hanzo must unmask the leader of the killers.

1x24 Shudder! Sacrifice of the Virgin

  • 1980-09-08T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

Someone named "the dark lord" is killing important members of the government. Hoshina suspects the martial arts master of the Satsuma clan is involved somehow. Okiri disguises herself as a man to try and uncover the plot.

1x25 The Trick Ceiling of the Tragic Love

  • 1980-09-15T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

Still on the run from Kouga ninja assassins Okou discovers that Hanzo's life is in danger and rushes to find him. Back in Edo, three carpenters have been kidnapped to work on a secret project. Hanzo must find out what it is before the young Shogun is assassinated!

1x26 The Ominous Place; The Cursed Flute

  • 1980-09-22T15:00:00Z — 59 mins

A series of burglaries are being carried out with black pistols. After Oume is shot, Hanzo traces the guns to the mountains where a family of bandits live. Orin follows behind, causing plenty of trouble in her wake.

Just as peace seems to have fallen over Edo, the remaining Kouga ninja plan their final assault against the Shadow Warriors. Now Hanzo must stop the enemy from destroying not only the Kiji bathhouse but Edo castle as well!

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