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Samurai Cinema Challenge: Ongoing, Unofficial

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Samurai Cinema Challenge

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Rules:

- A feature film (Anything over 45 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For mini-series/ tv series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For mini-series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minute rule applies.


- Rewatches allowed and encouraged.

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A good primer for any samurai film novice



Sources of inspiration:

- Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook
- Warring Clans, Flashing Blades: A Samurai Film Companion
- The Samurai Film Encyclopedia
- Monty's Top Samurai Movies
- The Greatest Samurai Movies
- The 10 Best Samurai Films of All Time
- Fav Samurai Flicks
iCM Samurai/Martial Arts Challenge - November 2012


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So what are you guys waiting for? Sign up asap and enjoy some samurai cinema!

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Yes pleas! :thumbsup:
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Participants and Scoreboard:

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134 - monty
61 - Sir Plebeian
32 - sushantv10
17 - Pain
17 - Crinderman
17 - cinephage
14 - kingink
10 - weirdboy
8 - albajos
5 - insomnia
3 - fori
3- Renegade
2 - jgwr
2 - brokenface
2 - Kowry
2 - funkybusiness
2 - CinemaFan
1 - zkrat
1 - connordenney
1 - RBG
1 - Abdullah ozu
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Has anyone got access to Patrick Galloway's Warring Clans, Flashing Blades: A Samurai Film Companion? It would be nice to have that list here on ICM.
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Missed the challenge last month, and I'm going to watch some Kurosawas for the director challenge anyway, so I'm in. Maybe I'll finally get that Sword of Doom off my watchlist...
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I'm in naturally, and I'll bring that spoiler tag thing I was carrying the whole time on the official challenge, it'd be nice to have all the samurai flicks I saw in one place.

BTW, I stumbled on something that could be wonderful, a Hattori Hanzo mini-series with Sonny Chiba as the title actor and directed by both Eiichi Kudo and Kinji Fukasaku, Looks promising.

EDIT: It has a bad-ass poster
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OK, why not.
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Kowry on Nov 30 2012, 10:08:50 PM wrote:Maybe I'll finally get that Sword of Doom off my watchlist...
:satstunned:
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@Pain: What about checking out this one as well? I'm curious about it, to say the very least.

"Endlessly well humoured and satisfying in the fights and gore department, Shadow Hunters is a good flick which Samurai fans will like to sit net to the Babycart and Zatoichi films they already own."
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You should start working on them and decide if it would satisfy the fans of your list or not.
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Pain on Dec 1 2012, 06:48:28 AM wrote:You should start working on them and decide if it would satisfy the fans of your list or not.
You damn lazybones! :lol:
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I'm going to concentrate on the other challenge I started for directors, so I'm going to leave this task for you. I might check a few though, one can't keep away from the jidaigeki for too long after getting in too deep.
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I am sure In On This One...
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sushantv10 on Dec 1 2012, 10:13:46 AM wrote:I am sure In On This One...
:thumbsup: :hug:
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Pain on Dec 1 2012, 10:17:12 AM wrote:
sushantv10 on Dec 1 2012, 10:13:46 AM wrote:I am sure In On This One...
:thumbsup: :hug:
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monty on Dec 1 2012, 10:41:24 AM wrote:
Pain on Dec 1 2012, 10:17:12 AM wrote:
sushantv10 on Dec 1 2012, 10:13:46 AM wrote:I am sure In On This One...
:thumbsup: :hug:
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Semishigure (The Samurai I Loved) (2005)

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Beautifully Shot Samurai Drama....

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Samurai Banners : This sure was made at a grand scale.....great cast.....battle sequences....a complete samurai epic.....Mifune was awesome as always

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Instead of watching all the pending ones i have all at once.......i better take a break now and then....will be able to enjoy em more that way.
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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)

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Yes, it's Tatsuya Nakadai in the middle.
Yet another great flick from Okamoto-san. Keeping all the fighting factions apart can be a bit tough without the necessary background knowledge. I therefore suggest that anyone wanting to check this film out should do some research into the period first:

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@Pain: Added this to my list. Sorry about ruining your perfect score. :P
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Glad you liked Tokkan. The crotch kicking scenes cracked me up :D

I would have joined, but I'm gonna be pretty busy with the director challenge this month, and as I've seen everything from Kurosawa none of the directors got any samurai flick for me. I'll throw in a review, or at the very least a rating here every time I see one though.
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Crinderman on Dec 2 2012, 12:06:48 PM wrote:Glad you liked Tokkan. The crotch kicking scenes cracked me up :D

I would have joined, but I'm gonna be pretty busy with the director challenge this month, and as I've seen everything from Kurosawa none of the directors got any samurai flick for me. I'll throw in a review, or at the very least a rating here every time I see one though.
Not to mention the love making towards the end - hilarious. Okamoto sure has a thing for throwing the odd twisted comedy scenes in the mix...
As for this challenge, I don't see why you can't join up. It is ongoing after all - no time limit pressuring you into watching films here, matey. ;)
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monty on Dec 2 2012, 12:14:54 PM wrote:
Crinderman on Dec 2 2012, 12:06:48 PM wrote:Glad you liked Tokkan. The crotch kicking scenes cracked me up :D

I would have joined, but I'm gonna be pretty busy with the director challenge this month, and as I've seen everything from Kurosawa none of the directors got any samurai flick for me. I'll throw in a review, or at the very least a rating here every time I see one though.
Not to mention the love making towards the end - hilarious. Okamoto sure has a thing for throwing the odd twisted comedy scenes in the mix...
As for this challenge, I don't see why you can't join up. It is ongoing after all - no time limit pressuring you into watching films here, matey. ;)
Yeah, I laughed out loud in that scene.

Sure, sign me up then.
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sushantv10 on Dec 2 2012, 04:00:09 AM wrote:Instead of watching all the pending ones i have all at once.......i better take a break now and then....will be able to enjoy em more that way.
Sound advice.
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Crinderman on Dec 2 2012, 12:06:48 PM wrote:Glad you liked Tokkan. The crotch kicking scenes cracked me up :D

I would have joined, but I'm gonna be pretty busy with the director challenge this month, and as I've seen everything from Kurosawa none of the directors got any samurai flick for me. I'll throw in a review, or at the very least a rating here every time I see one though.
Actually there's Kitano's version of Zatoichi if you haven't seen it..
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brokenface on Dec 2 2012, 12:25:08 PM wrote:
Crinderman on Dec 2 2012, 12:06:48 PM wrote:Glad you liked Tokkan. The crotch kicking scenes cracked me up :D

I would have joined, but I'm gonna be pretty busy with the director challenge this month, and as I've seen everything from Kurosawa none of the directors got any samurai flick for me. I'll throw in a review, or at the very least a rating here every time I see one though.
Actually there's Kitano's version of Zatoichi if you haven't seen it..
Had forgotten about that. Cool. Grabbing it now.
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monty on Dec 2 2012, 12:03:07 PM wrote:@Pain: Added this to my list. Sorry about ruining your perfect score. :P
New additions are always welcome, I'll just wait for them to pile up a little (maybe 3 or 4)
and give it a one big shot.

The new one looks great, Okamoto + Nakadai is always a pleasant thing to watch. BTW, how about another Kobayashi flick with Nakadai ?
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Pain on Dec 2 2012, 01:03:28 PM wrote: BTW, how about another Kobayashi flick with Nakadai ?
Yeah, I've been meaning to watch that one for some time now. Not too sure about whether it'd fit in here though.
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2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)

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Hiroshi Inagaki does it again - classic samurai cinema! This easily ranks among the best that I've seen in this genre for quite some time now. Toshiro Mifune is great as always, and he's ably supported by a most excellent cast:
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Not least of which is the rather well-known guy pictured above as well as Danshirô Ichikawa as a veteran samurai spear master.

I guess it doesn't hurt that Akira Kurosawa co-wrote the script as well. This film deserves to to be rediscovered by more and I for one would love a Criterion edition.



@Pain: You're down by one more now. :lol:
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^^Looks awesome. Had actually mookmarked it on KG already. Might even check it out this month.
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Now you're talking, this one looks very promising. Keep them coming.
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3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)

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A pulpy run-of-the-mill samurai actioner, this film is by far the poorer cousin of genre highlights Hanzo & Lone Wolf. Though it can be fun watching violently gushing arterial blood sprays and topless women being cut in half, there needs to be something more to make a film of this type stand out.Unfortunately, Shadow Hunters never rises above its decidedly cheesy B-movie roots. At best this makes for some moderately entertaining viewing on a lazy Sunday afternoon - list material it is not.

Bonus points awarded for some pleasantly gory make-up work:
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1. Throne of Blood, 1957
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How does this strike you guys for a plot? :lol:

"Kijima Yasube (Ryo Nishikido), a samurai from the Edo Period, travels through time - 180 years - to arrive in present day Japan. He then meets divorcee Hiroko (Rie Tomosaka) & her son Tomoya (Fuku Suzuki). Yasube ends up working for Hiroko as a housemaid in return for food and lodging. One day. Yasube starts to make pastries for Tomoya, which leads to Yasube become popular patissier. In the process the three become very close, but the moment they must say good bye also draws near ..."


The film in question is called A Boy and His Samurai
In case anyone here has seen it, I'm dying to read your review...
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monty on Dec 3 2012, 08:48:05 AM wrote:How does this strike you guys for a plot? :lol:

"Kijima Yasube (Ryo Nishikido), a samurai from the Edo Period, travels through time - 180 years - to arrive in present day Japan. He then meets divorcee Hiroko (Rie Tomosaka) & her son Tomoya (Fuku Suzuki). Yasube ends up working for Hiroko as a housemaid in return for food and lodging. One day. Yasube starts to make pastries for Tomoya, which leads to Yasube become popular patissier. In the process the three become very close, but the moment they must say good bye also draws near ..."


The film in question is called A Boy and His Samurai
In case anyone here has seen it, I'm dying to read your review...
Sounds like something I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. Of course, I could be wrong and it turned to be a great one, but I highly doubt it.
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monty on Dec 3 2012, 05:25:11 AM wrote:list material it is not.
Another failure! :(
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1. Zatôichi (2003, Takeshi Kitano)
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Cool fight scenes, a bit extreme perhaps, but very well done. It's a good movie, decent plot, but not one that made too big of an impression on me. 6/10.

2. Sengoku burai / Sword for Hire (1952, Hiroshi Inagaki)
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Monty, you made this look too attractive to wait for, and it didn't disappoint. Quite the epic, particularly loved how the opening challenges the Japanese's tradition of dying for their lord's when Mifune's character says he'd prefer to live. We open with quite the tense situation, in the middle of a war zone, we then follow the three-four survivors until their paths finally. In that sense the direct translate title: "Vagabonds in a Country at War" is far more suiting. It's co-written by Akira Kurosawa, and I must say, Hiroshi Inagaki did a great job, because as it stands it would be a great addition to Kurosawa's filmography, not that he has to be compared to Kurosawa, he has great films under his helm as well, including the great Samurai trilogy, but this is easily my favorite of his. 8.5/10.
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Glad to see you enjoyed the Inagaki film, crinderman. And yes, it's definitely better than his Samurai Trilogy. Now if only more people would rediscover this gem...
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Think you got Pain hooked, and if not my second opinion should drive up his interest. We just need one more person to watch and rates this to get it into the top 1000 (unless that person completely hates it, which I don't find plausible - unless it's Mightysparks :D ).
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monty on Dec 2 2012, 04:32:02 PM wrote:2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
Keep em coming Monty......if CG has it, i'll have it too ....and since it has Mifune also, more excited about it.
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