Ichikawa Raizō appeared mostly in period dramas. He is best known for the Sleepy Eye's of death series, Ninja series and Nakano Spy School series. Raizō worked many times with director Kenji Misumi. Their collaborations include The Sword and Destiny's Son.
Other great works include An Actors Revenge. He was so admired for his gracefulness that in his lifetime he was called "the genius who thinks with his body."