424) Destiny's Son (1962) Dir: Kenji Misumi Not Yet Released Date Seen: December 1, 2009 Rating: 4.25/5
Yowza, yowza, yowza. This is the Chanbara equivalent of an acid western. I feel as strongly about the brilliant preposterousness of this film as fans of Leave Her to Heaven do, I'm sure. It's especially amazing considering that Misumi went out to a career of generic Chanbara films, including some of the Zatoichi films and much of the Lone Wolf and Cub movies. Crazy like a fox. See my mention of it in my piece on Chanbara heroes for The Onion NY AV Club.