BAIAN THE ASSASSIN 1990
SHIKAKE HITO FUJIEDA BAIAN - Color - 8 episodes - A TV series about a doctor during the Edo period who uses his Acupuncturist skills to both cure and kill. Dr. Baian (Watanabe Ken) is essentially a good man who accepts the money he receives for killing the bad so that he can heal the sick who can t afford it. Authentically details the street life during the Edo period these stories are street level and often take place in the bars and brothels of Edo. Based on the stories by Shotaro Ikenami Baian the Assassin features tales of murder and deceit jealousy and revenge all set in the backdrop of corrupt samurai lords ruthless merchant princes fawning geisha and deadly ninja. The TV series became a major hit during its original run (1990 - 1993) and helped catapult Watanabe Ken to stardom.