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Samurai Cinema Challenge: Ongoing, Unofficial

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Samurai Cinema Challenge: Ongoing, Unofficial

#601

Post by monty » March 9th, 2014, 1:23 am

Limedebois on Mar 8 2014, 06:06:25 PM wrote:2. Tokugawa Ieyasu, Ito (1965) 5/10
Historical material is always boring. I hate 47 ronin, I hate this one. This is more Lords films than samurai films.
I beg to disagree. Of course, if your primary interest in the genre lies in cool samurai duels/fighting scenes, this may not be the right film for you. Me, I love anything samurai provided it's done well and with a modicum of historical authenticity. The above film nicely handles the historical angle, which ends up making for a very interesting viewing experience in my book.

Here's my original review:

Master helmer Daisuke Ito delivers a riveting historical drama on the early life of the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. At almost two and a half hours and rather talkative at that, one would expect longueurs but instead the film managed effortlessly to hold my attention throughout. There's precious little swordplay in the film, which instead focuses on the political machinations that sees the young Tokugawa being traded as a hostage between different warlords. The film really excels in showing what a terrible cost the feudal system in Japan imposed on both lords, vassals, wives and children alike.
The child actors are uniformly great (special mention must go the group of kids having to commit seppuku for having failed to protect their young lord - surely, a first in the annals of samurai cinema!) as are the rest of the cast, not least of which is the terrific Nakamura Kinnosuke.

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Ok, then, your next mission, should you choose to accept it, is Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji (1952)
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Post by Kasparius » March 9th, 2014, 1:45 am

monty on Feb 1 2014, 07:43:08 PM wrote:Time for a bigtime squee, hehe. I just finished reading the reviews for the Japanese remake of Eastwood's Unforgiven, Yurusarezaru mono (2013), and hot damn, does this film sound smoking hot! Why do all the best films take so long in getting distribution? I want to see this NOW.

Here are some snippets from the critics:

- Unforgiven follows the plot of the original quite closely and retains the film’s anti-violence themes. Ironically, the on-screen violence in this film is much more gory and brutal than the original, mostly because samurai swords are being used instead of guns. However, in some ways, this just makes the anti-violence message stronger.
...Even though some folks may wonder why there has to be a Japanese remake of an Oscar-winning film, Unforgiven still turned out to be quite excellent.
- Sean Kelly (Toronto Film Scene)

"Lee Sang-il’s Unforgiven unfolds with the same visionary flair of the original. It’s one of the most breathtakingly shot films to screen at the festival—the cinematography by Norimichi Kasamatsu is a TIFF highlight as it transforms the barren plains of the west into snow-flaked towns and forests captured beautifully in the rising sun. The production value is beyond what most remakes enjoy in the hands of Hollywood’s biggest studios, as is the added zest of violence that inflects the film. Lee’s finale is especially memorable, as it brings a jarring bit of explosive violence to the slow burn that precedes it. A standoff not unlike pistols at dawn, the end of Unforgiven is a mix of gunplay and crossing swords. The way of the samurai and the way of the westerner go hand-in-hand as ever they did before. This bold new take on Unforgiven is one hell of a film."

- See more at: http://www.cinemablographer.com/2013/09 ... Niex3.dpuf

And this as well:

Wonderfully filmed, directed in a lyrical manner, violent yet deeply moving, skillfully (verging on classically) structured, Sang-Il Lee’s ‘Unforgiven’ wouldn’t have been any of these things, if in his starring role Ken Watanabe (who also starred in Eastwood’s ‘Letters to Iwo Jima’) didn’t carry the weight of the samurais’ story and of a country in anarchy on his shoulders, as if it were a duty his life depended on.Just like Eastwood’s William Munny, Watanabe’s Jubee is a poor and lonesome samurai, who can’t escape his fate, a symbol of the absurdity of violence that will make him an outcast, while at the same time people will remember him as a legend, a symbol of the lengths one must travel to, to do good.

Clint Eastwood can take pride….


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See, all the best Samurai films are just remakes of greater westerns. :ph43r:

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Post by monty » March 9th, 2014, 1:48 am

Kasparius on Mar 8 2014, 06:45:25 PM wrote:See, all the best Samurai films are just remakes of greater westerns. :ph43r:
Hehe, I always figured it was the other way around. The Magnificent Seven springs to mind...
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Post by Kasparius » March 9th, 2014, 1:50 am

monty on Mar 8 2014, 06:48:11 PM wrote:
Kasparius on Mar 8 2014, 06:45:25 PM wrote:See, all the best Samurai films are just remakes of greater westerns. :ph43r:
Hehe, I always figured it was the other way around. The Magnificent Seven springs to mind...
Yojimbo too. But Kurosawa admitted that Ford Westerns were one of the biggest source of inspiration for his own movies, so...

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Post by monty » March 9th, 2014, 1:54 am

Kasparius on Mar 8 2014, 06:50:10 PM wrote:
monty on Mar 8 2014, 06:48:11 PM wrote:
Kasparius on Mar 8 2014, 06:45:25 PM wrote:See, all the best Samurai films are just remakes of greater westerns. :ph43r:
Hehe, I always figured it was the other way around. The Magnificent Seven springs to mind...
Yojimbo too. But Kurosawa admitted that Ford Westerns were one of the biggest source of inspiration for his own movies, so...
Let's just agree that there's been plenty of cross-fertilizing going on. Anyway, looking forward to your review of Yurusarezaru mono (2013), 'cos you'll be seeing it, right?
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Post by Kasparius » March 9th, 2014, 1:59 am

monty on Mar 8 2014, 06:54:34 PM wrote:
Kasparius on Mar 8 2014, 06:50:10 PM wrote:
monty on Mar 8 2014, 06:48:11 PM wrote:Hehe, I always figured it was the other way around. The Magnificent Seven springs to mind...
Yojimbo too. But Kurosawa admitted that Ford Westerns were one of the biggest source of inspiration for his own movies, so...
Let's just agree that there's been plenty of cross-fertilizing going on. Anyway, looking forward to your review of Yurusarezaru mono (2013), 'cos you'll be seeing it, right?
Sure, it's number 576889798579879 on my watch list, so I should get to it shortly.

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Post by Limedebois » March 9th, 2014, 8:55 am

Historical dramas have rarely provided great films. You can't make a personal and a narrative film following events one by one. Samurai's Okamoto has also a history authenticity and give a true point of view on history. The plot is a true thriller plot. Not a a/ they did this; b/ they did that; etc. And Kudo's revolutionary trilogy is not just a cool fight samurai film. Stakes have to be clear and easy to understand, when it's more a political and a historical no-plot, I can read it everywhere else. Yes even if the kids are great. It's not specific to Japanese movies, all historical films, when there are less plot and more historical events, tend to be boring.

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Post by cinephage » March 10th, 2014, 12:54 am

06 - Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô, by Hiroshi Inagaki 6,5/10

Silly storyline (especially the storylines about women characters), but beautiful swordfights.
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01 - Jûsan-nin no shikaku / 13 Assassins, by Eiichi Kudo (1963) 7,5/10
02 - Kiru / Kill, by Kenji Misumi (1962) 7,5/10
03 - Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke / Samurai spy, by Masahiro Shinoda (1965) 6,5/10
04 - Kiba Ôkaminosuke: jigoku giri, by Hideo Gosha (1967) 6,5/10
05 - Miyamoto Musashi, by Hiroshi Inagaki (1954) 7,5/10

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Post by monty » March 17th, 2014, 7:48 pm

64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)

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An excellent historical drama expertly directed by none other than Kinji Fukasaku, this film easily earns itself a spot on my top list.
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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)
2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)
4. Hangyakuji (Daisuke Ito, 1961)
5. Doku-ganryu Masamune aka Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959)
6. Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Teruo Ishii, 1973)
7. Okita Soji (Masanobu Deme, 1974)
8. Shinsengumi Chronicles - I Want to Die a Samurai (Kenji Misumi, 1963)
9. Gokai Senryo Yari aka Spear of Heroism (1961)
10. Araki Mataemon - Vendetta Of Samurai (1952)
11. Daibosatsu toge (Uchida, 1957)
12. Daibosatsu toge - Dai ni bu (Uchida, 1958)
13. Gô-hime AKA Basarah - Princess Goh (1992)
14. Gozonji irezumi hangan AKA Magistrate Toyama - Official With a Tattoo (1960)
15. Moeyo-ken AKA The Blazing Sword (1966)
16. Hana No Ato AKA After the Flowers (2010)
17. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
21. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
23. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
28. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
30. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
31. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
32. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
33. Momotarô-zamurai AKA The Demon Crusader (1957)
34. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1
35. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 2
36. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005), S01, Episode 3
37. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 4
38. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 5
39. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 06
40. Tengu-to AKA Blood End (1969)
41. The Magoichi Saga (1969)
42. Souls in the Moonlight Part 3 (Uchida, 1959)
43. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1965)
44. Sasaki Kojiro (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
45. Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
46. Ogawa no hotori (2011)
47. Rise Against the Sword (1966)
48. Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (1959)
49. Oedo go-nin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)
50. Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962)
51. Tekka daimyo (1961)
52. Bakumatsu AKA The Last Days of the Shogunate (Daisuke Ito, 1970)
53. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)
54. Shokin kasegi (1969)
55. Ako-Jo danzetsu aka Swords of Vengeance (1978)
56. Mondonosuke sanban-shobu AKA The Third Contest (1965)
57. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
58. Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
59. The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976) Season 2, Episode 4 (Directed by Ota Akikazu)
60. Yamazakura: The Cherry Tree in the Hills (2008)
61. Ansatsu Shirei AKA Assassination Orders (1984)
62. Samurai Secret Agent AKA Mittei (1983)
63. Nitôryû kaigen (1943)
64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)
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Post by Limedebois » March 17th, 2014, 10:38 pm

3.Enter Kyoshiro Nemuri the Swordman, Tanaka (1963) 7/10
4. Hitori okami, Ikehiro (1968) 8/10
(the character is not a samurai but he plays katana like a candle in the wind -- chambara film)

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Post by monty » March 18th, 2014, 12:53 am

Limedebois on Mar 17 2014, 04:38:39 PM wrote:3.Enter Kyoshiro Nemuri the Swordman, Tanaka (1963) 7/10
4. Hitori okami, Ikehiro (1968) 8/10
(the character is not a samurai but he plays katana like a candle in the wind -- chambara film)
I'm afraid I cannot accept your #4 submission as it's about travelling gamblers and yakuza, not samurai. It looks good though.

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Post by Limedebois » March 18th, 2014, 9:27 am

It would be a 6 or a 7 for you, nothing more, nothing special. But it's a chambara, it's about yakuza but in feudal era, and it's about a traveling gambler chased by samurai. So it's so-so-murai. Watch it before hitting my bamboo stick.

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Post by Sir Plebeian » March 18th, 2014, 7:13 pm

The Samurai Encyclopedia I can assure you is mistakes brought from the publisher not myself. I agree, its a very odd list to say the least. I almost regret posting it for how long it took. :satstunned:
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Post by Limedebois » March 18th, 2014, 7:44 pm

There's a lot of mistakes. But for me a katana film, a chambara, or a samurai film, it's basically the same thing. There's also some samurai films with no action, no katana fight. The film takes place in the feudal era, there's katana fights, and there's samurai (not the main character, though).

It fits the tone.
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Post by monty » March 18th, 2014, 10:44 pm

So I watched Hitori okami, which I found to be an average Raizo Ichikawa vehicle at best. It started out well but as soon as the melodramatic love story (as well as the cutesy kid) was introduced, it rapidly went into a downward spin.
Anyway, my initial judgment stands. Though there are some brief references to samurai, this film is first and foremost a film about a wandering gambler. It belongs to the matatabi-eiga genre, not the samurai film one.
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Post by monty » March 22nd, 2014, 12:03 am

65. Doku-ganryu Masamune (Hiroshi Inagaki, 1942)

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Starring Chiezo Kataoka, this film is a moderately interesting take on the famous warlord Date Masamune. An extended song and dance scene halfway through was a nice touch:
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However, I'll take Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959) over this somewhat aenemic version of Date Masamune's life any day.
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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)
2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)
4. Hangyakuji (Daisuke Ito, 1961)
5. Doku-ganryu Masamune aka Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959)
6. Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Teruo Ishii, 1973)
7. Okita Soji (Masanobu Deme, 1974)
8. Shinsengumi Chronicles - I Want to Die a Samurai (Kenji Misumi, 1963)
9. Gokai Senryo Yari aka Spear of Heroism (1961)
10. Araki Mataemon - Vendetta Of Samurai (1952)
11. Daibosatsu toge (Uchida, 1957)
12. Daibosatsu toge - Dai ni bu (Uchida, 1958)
13. Gô-hime AKA Basarah - Princess Goh (1992)
14. Gozonji irezumi hangan AKA Magistrate Toyama - Official With a Tattoo (1960)
15. Moeyo-ken AKA The Blazing Sword (1966)
16. Hana No Ato AKA After the Flowers (2010)
17. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
21. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
23. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
28. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
30. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
31. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
32. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
33. Momotarô-zamurai AKA The Demon Crusader (1957)
34. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1
35. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 2
36. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005), S01, Episode 3
37. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 4
38. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 5
39. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 06
40. Tengu-to AKA Blood End (1969)
41. The Magoichi Saga (1969)
42. Souls in the Moonlight Part 3 (Uchida, 1959)
43. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1965)
44. Sasaki Kojiro (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
45. Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
46. Ogawa no hotori (2011)
47. Rise Against the Sword (1966)
48. Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (1959)
49. Oedo go-nin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)
50. Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962)
51. Tekka daimyo (1961)
52. Bakumatsu AKA The Last Days of the Shogunate (Daisuke Ito, 1970)
53. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)
54. Shokin kasegi (1969)
55. Ako-Jo danzetsu aka Swords of Vengeance (1978)
56. Mondonosuke sanban-shobu AKA The Third Contest (1965)
57. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
58. Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
59. The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976) Season 2, Episode 4 (Directed by Ota Akikazu)
60. Yamazakura: The Cherry Tree in the Hills (2008)
61. Ansatsu Shirei AKA Assassination Orders (1984)
62. Samurai Secret Agent AKA Mittei (1983)
63. Nitôryû kaigen (1943)
64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)
65. Doku-ganryu Masamune (1942)
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Post by Sir Plebeian » March 22nd, 2014, 12:40 am

60. Okita Sôji (1974)
I was really surprised by this one. Based on the intro, I was expecting a somewhat cheesy samurai film, but ended up being very good. This was extremely brutal with an entertaining plot. I particularly enjoyed how it showed the training of fighting in doors in the dark as a group, was interesting. Also this contains an outstanding dream sequence. The only complaint I really had with this one was the choice of music, it gave off a silly TV show vibe. I recommend this for anyone interested in the life of Okita Soji.
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1. Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
2. Duel At Ichijoji Temple (1955)
3. Hanzo The Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)
4. Kumonosu-jô / Throne of Blood (1957)
5. Kedamono no ken / Sword of the Beast (1965)
6. Kiru / Kill (1968)
7. Akage / The Red Lion (1969)
8. Samurai / Samurai Assassin (1965)
9. Kakushi-toride no san-akunin / The Hidden Fortress (1958)
10. Hakuôki / Samurai Vendetta (1959)
11. Genroku Chûshingura / The 47 Ronin (1941)
12. Shin heike monogatari / Taira Clan Saga (1955)
13. Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi / The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)
14. Sanbiki no samurai / Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
15. Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima / Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
16. Chiyari Fuji / Bloody Spear at Mt. Fuji (1955)
17. Ninjô kami fûsen / Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 2: Shôbu (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
21. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
23. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
28. Nemuri Kyôshirô 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
30. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
31. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
32. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
33. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
34. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
35. Daibosatsu tôge (1957)
36. Dai-bosatsu tôge (1966) (Re watch)
37. Tange Sazen yowa: Hyakuman ryo no tsubo (1935)
38. Dai satsujin (1964)
39. Ansatsu (1964)
40. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1 : Sword of Darkness
41. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 2 : Sword of Loyalty
42. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 3 : Sword of Shadows
43. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 4 : Sword of Betrayal
44. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 5 : Sword of Evil, Sword of Good
45. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 6 : Sword of Conclusion
46. Zatôichi abare tako (1964)
47. Zatôichi kesshô-tabi (1964)
48. Zatoichi sekisho yaburi (1964)
49. Daibosatsu tôge - Dai ni bu (1958)
50. Daibosatsu tôge - Kanketsu-hen (1959)
51. Chûshingura (1962)
52. Orochi (1925)
53. Kiru / Kill(1962)
54. Hitokiri (1969)
55. Mibu gishi den / When The Last Sword Is Drawn (2003)
56. Sengoku burai / Sword for Hire (1952)
57. Ame agaru / After The Rain (1999)
58. Bakumatsu zankoku monogatari / Brutal Story at End of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1964)
59. Zatôichi monogatari: The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976)
60. Okita Sôji (1974)
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Post by cinephage » March 30th, 2014, 10:53 am

07 - Dai satsujin / The great battle, by Eiichi Kudo (1964) 9/10

The fights scenes are very vivid, but the story is also quite rich, with many well-built characters. I enjoyed it in every way.
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01 - Jûsan-nin no shikaku / 13 Assassins, by Eiichi Kudo (1963) 7,5/10
02 - Kiru / Kill, by Kenji Misumi (1962) 7,5/10
03 - Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke / Samurai spy, by Masahiro Shinoda (1965) 6,5/10
04 - Kiba Ôkaminosuke: jigoku giri, by Hideo Gosha (1967) 6,5/10
05 - Miyamoto Musashi, by Hiroshi Inagaki (1954) 7,5/10
06 - Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô, by Hiroshi Inagaki 6,5/10

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Post by monty » June 1st, 2014, 10:57 am

66. Ten to Chi to (Haruki Kadokawa, 1990)

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This film is pure bliss for any samurai afficionado. It portrays some of the historical battles between two famous 16th century Japanese warlords. The many and large-scale battle sequences are magnificently staged and truly impressive in all their glory.

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Oh, and burney, did I say that there's a crack troop of female samurai taking part in the battles?
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Here's their leader :wub: :
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These female battle drummers are also worthy of mention:
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Loved the winter sequence as well:
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Oh, and let's not forget the duel scene:
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So, all in all a film filled to the brim with nice visuals. On top of that, there's excellent acting from all the cast. Would have loved some more in-depth characterization of the two warlords - Takeda Shingen, in particular - but that is nitpicking in a film that is mainly about recreating famous battles and what battles those are! With its magnificent pageantry and its visually splendid and well-executed spectacle of the two color-coded armies clashing, the film really succeeds in conveying a believable sense of what war in the Sengoku period must have been like. Any lover of samurai films needs to watch this! Needless to say this one goes on my list.

Unfortunately, I had to make do with the 105min international cut (which features some rather tiresome - though thankfully brief - English narration), so
if anyone finds the complete 2h+ Japanese cut with English subs, please let me know.

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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)
2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)
4. Hangyakuji (Daisuke Ito, 1961)
5. Doku-ganryu Masamune aka Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959)
6. Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Teruo Ishii, 1973)
7. Okita Soji (Masanobu Deme, 1974)
8. Shinsengumi Chronicles - I Want to Die a Samurai (Kenji Misumi, 1963)
9. Gokai Senryo Yari aka Spear of Heroism (1961)
10. Araki Mataemon - Vendetta Of Samurai (1952)
11. Daibosatsu toge (Uchida, 1957)
12. Daibosatsu toge - Dai ni bu (Uchida, 1958)
13. Gô-hime AKA Basarah - Princess Goh (1992)
14. Gozonji irezumi hangan AKA Magistrate Toyama - Official With a Tattoo (1960)
15. Moeyo-ken AKA The Blazing Sword (1966)
16. Hana No Ato AKA After the Flowers (2010)
17. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
21. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
23. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
28. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
30. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
31. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
32. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
33. Momotarô-zamurai AKA The Demon Crusader (1957)
34. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1
35. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 2
36. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005), S01, Episode 3
37. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 4
38. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 5
39. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 06
40. Tengu-to AKA Blood End (1969)
41. The Magoichi Saga (1969)
42. Souls in the Moonlight Part 3 (Uchida, 1959)
43. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1965)
44. Sasaki Kojiro (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
45. Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
46. Ogawa no hotori (2011)
47. Rise Against the Sword (1966)
48. Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (1959)
49. Oedo go-nin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)
50. Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962)
51. Tekka daimyo (1961)
52. Bakumatsu AKA The Last Days of the Shogunate (Daisuke Ito, 1970)
53. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)
54. Shokin kasegi (1969)
55. Ako-Jo danzetsu aka Swords of Vengeance (1978)
56. Mondonosuke sanban-shobu AKA The Third Contest (1965)
57. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
58. Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
59. The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976) Season 2, Episode 4 (Directed by Ota Akikazu)
60. Yamazakura: The Cherry Tree in the Hills (2008)
61. Ansatsu Shirei AKA Assassination Orders (1984)
62. Samurai Secret Agent AKA Mittei (1983)
63. Nitôryû kaigen (1943)
64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)
65. Doku-ganryu Masamune (1942)
66. Ten to chi to AKA Heaven and Earth (1990)
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Post by burneyfan » June 2nd, 2014, 12:21 am

SOLD, Monty (even if I have to make do with the international cut for now, too), and thank you for keeping an eye out for those female samurai for me! :thumbsup:
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Post by monty » June 4th, 2014, 3:32 pm

67. Duel at Yagyu Valley (Takizawa Eisuke, 1945)

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With a runtime of a mere 54 minutes, this film features a lot of well-known faces for any fan of the samurai genre. However, apart from the first 12 minutes, which expertly introduces the two main characters, the film as as a whole feels like a rush job. A flimsy story as well as inadequate fight choreography doesn't make for list material. Oh, and it doesn't help matters that the final fight is a helluva anti-climax, as well as rife with silly and ineffectual fight poses like this:

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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)
2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)
4. Hangyakuji (Daisuke Ito, 1961)
5. Doku-ganryu Masamune aka Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959)
6. Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Teruo Ishii, 1973)
7. Okita Soji (Masanobu Deme, 1974)
8. Shinsengumi Chronicles - I Want to Die a Samurai (Kenji Misumi, 1963)
9. Gokai Senryo Yari aka Spear of Heroism (1961)
10. Araki Mataemon - Vendetta Of Samurai (1952)
11. Daibosatsu toge (Uchida, 1957)
12. Daibosatsu toge - Dai ni bu (Uchida, 1958)
13. Gô-hime AKA Basarah - Princess Goh (1992)
14. Gozonji irezumi hangan AKA Magistrate Toyama - Official With a Tattoo (1960)
15. Moeyo-ken AKA The Blazing Sword (1966)
16. Hana No Ato AKA After the Flowers (2010)
17. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
21. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
23. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
28. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
30. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
31. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
32. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
33. Momotarô-zamurai AKA The Demon Crusader (1957)
34. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1
35. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 2
36. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005), S01, Episode 3
37. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 4
38. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 5
39. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 06
40. Tengu-to AKA Blood End (1969)
41. The Magoichi Saga (1969)
42. Souls in the Moonlight Part 3 (Uchida, 1959)
43. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1965)
44. Sasaki Kojiro (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
45. Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
46. Ogawa no hotori (2011)
47. Rise Against the Sword (1966)
48. Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (1959)
49. Oedo go-nin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)
50. Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962)
51. Tekka daimyo (1961)
52. Bakumatsu AKA The Last Days of the Shogunate (Daisuke Ito, 1970)
53. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)
54. Shokin kasegi (1969)
55. Ako-Jo danzetsu aka Swords of Vengeance (1978)
56. Mondonosuke sanban-shobu AKA The Third Contest (1965)
57. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
58. Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
59. The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976) Season 2, Episode 4 (Directed by Ota Akikazu)
60. Yamazakura: The Cherry Tree in the Hills (2008)
61. Ansatsu Shirei AKA Assassination Orders (1984)
62. Samurai Secret Agent AKA Mittei (1983)
63. Nitôryû kaigen (1943)
64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)
65. Doku-ganryu Masamune (1942)
66. Ten to chi to AKA Heaven and Earth (1990)
67. Duel at Yagyu Valley (1945)
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Post by monty » June 7th, 2014, 11:51 am

68. Miyamoto Musashi (1973)

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Directed by none other than Tai Kato, this re-telling of Musashi's story is - despite being the familar one - entirely free of any romanticizing.
Though the first fight doesn't happen until we're almost 50 minutes in, when the fights do come what thoroughly enjoyable fights they are!

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At one point we're even privy to Musashi's thoughts as he strategizes to win a duel - great stuff! Tai Kato's Musashi is a calculating, rational and cold-blooded being, one whose approach to swordfights is more scientific than purely spiritual, though of course the latter also is part of his make-up.
As for the final fight, Tai Kato chooses to have it take place on a rain-drenched day, which just adds to the nihilistic bleakness. At the end we see not a gloriously triumphant superman of a swordfighter but rather a quivering and emotionally fatigued human being. Ultimately, Kato's portrayal of Miyamoto feels much more realistic than previous dramatizations of the life of this historic figure. Easily surpassing Inagaki's three part version starring Toshiro Mifune, this film should definitely be more widely seen - just one iCM check is really beyond the pale for such a nice film. Added to my list forthwith.

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If I have one misgiving, it's that the image quality of the existing release is subpar. Hopefully, this film will soon receive the properly restored release it so much deserves.
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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)
2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)
4. Hangyakuji (Daisuke Ito, 1961)
5. Doku-ganryu Masamune aka Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959)
6. Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Teruo Ishii, 1973)
7. Okita Soji (Masanobu Deme, 1974)
8. Shinsengumi Chronicles - I Want to Die a Samurai (Kenji Misumi, 1963)
9. Gokai Senryo Yari aka Spear of Heroism (1961)
10. Araki Mataemon - Vendetta Of Samurai (1952)
11. Daibosatsu toge (Uchida, 1957)
12. Daibosatsu toge - Dai ni bu (Uchida, 1958)
13. Gô-hime AKA Basarah - Princess Goh (1992)
14. Gozonji irezumi hangan AKA Magistrate Toyama - Official With a Tattoo (1960)
15. Moeyo-ken AKA The Blazing Sword (1966)
16. Hana No Ato AKA After the Flowers (2010)
17. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
21. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
23. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
28. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
30. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
31. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
32. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
33. Momotarô-zamurai AKA The Demon Crusader (1957)
34. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1
35. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 2
36. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005), S01, Episode 3
37. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 4
38. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 5
39. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 06
40. Tengu-to AKA Blood End (1969)
41. The Magoichi Saga (1969)
42. Souls in the Moonlight Part 3 (Uchida, 1959)
43. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1965)
44. Sasaki Kojiro (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
45. Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
46. Ogawa no hotori (2011)
47. Rise Against the Sword (1966)
48. Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (1959)
49. Oedo go-nin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)
50. Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962)
51. Tekka daimyo (1961)
52. Bakumatsu AKA The Last Days of the Shogunate (Daisuke Ito, 1970)
53. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)
54. Shokin kasegi (1969)
55. Ako-Jo danzetsu aka Swords of Vengeance (1978)
56. Mondonosuke sanban-shobu AKA The Third Contest (1965)
57. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
58. Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
59. The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976) Season 2, Episode 4 (Directed by Ota Akikazu)
60. Yamazakura: The Cherry Tree in the Hills (2008)
61. Ansatsu Shirei AKA Assassination Orders (1984)
62. Samurai Secret Agent AKA Mittei (1983)
63. Nitôryû kaigen (1943)
64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)
65. Doku-ganryu Masamune (1942)
66. Ten to chi to AKA Heaven and Earth (1990)
67. Duel at Yagyu Valley (1945)
68. Miyamoto Musashi (1973)
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Post by monty » June 9th, 2014, 11:08 pm

69. Ako roshi (1961)

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Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda, this big-budget film was made in celebration of Toei's 10th anniversary. Though it's yet another retelling of the famous 47 Ronin story, its nuanced approach to the well-known proceedings helps keep things fresh. All in all then, an interesting and fun watch.

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It also doesn't hurt that Toei trotted out a great cast for this film.
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A word of warning though: This film is not the ideal entry point for a Chushingura novice as its way of storytelling is quite sparse, presupposing a rather thorough familiarity with the plot in order to appreciate the finer details. Anyway, now I'm just one short of 100 films for my list - woohoo!
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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)
2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)
4. Hangyakuji (Daisuke Ito, 1961)
5. Doku-ganryu Masamune aka Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959)
6. Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Teruo Ishii, 1973)
7. Okita Soji (Masanobu Deme, 1974)
8. Shinsengumi Chronicles - I Want to Die a Samurai (Kenji Misumi, 1963)
9. Gokai Senryo Yari aka Spear of Heroism (1961)
10. Araki Mataemon - Vendetta Of Samurai (1952)
11. Daibosatsu toge (Uchida, 1957)
12. Daibosatsu toge - Dai ni bu (Uchida, 1958)
13. Gô-hime AKA Basarah - Princess Goh (1992)
14. Gozonji irezumi hangan AKA Magistrate Toyama - Official With a Tattoo (1960)
15. Moeyo-ken AKA The Blazing Sword (1966)
16. Hana No Ato AKA After the Flowers (2010)
17. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
21. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
23. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
28. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
30. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
31. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
32. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
33. Momotarô-zamurai AKA The Demon Crusader (1957)
34. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1
35. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 2
36. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005), S01, Episode 3
37. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 4
38. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 5
39. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 06
40. Tengu-to AKA Blood End (1969)
41. The Magoichi Saga (1969)
42. Souls in the Moonlight Part 3 (Uchida, 1959)
43. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1965)
44. Sasaki Kojiro (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
45. Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
46. Ogawa no hotori (2011)
47. Rise Against the Sword (1966)
48. Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (1959)
49. Oedo go-nin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)
50. Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962)
51. Tekka daimyo (1961)
52. Bakumatsu AKA The Last Days of the Shogunate (Daisuke Ito, 1970)
53. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)
54. Shokin kasegi (1969)
55. Ako-Jo danzetsu aka Swords of Vengeance (1978)
56. Mondonosuke sanban-shobu AKA The Third Contest (1965)
57. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
58. Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
59. The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976) Season 2, Episode 4 (Directed by Ota Akikazu)
60. Yamazakura: The Cherry Tree in the Hills (2008)
61. Ansatsu Shirei AKA Assassination Orders (1984)
62. Samurai Secret Agent AKA Mittei (1983)
63. Nitôryû kaigen (1943)
64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)
65. Doku-ganryu Masamune (1942)
66. Ten to chi to AKA Heaven and Earth (1990)
67. Duel at Yagyu Valley (1945)
68. Miyamoto Musashi (1973)
69. Ako roshi (1961)
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Post by monty » June 10th, 2014, 10:02 am

An interesting read on one of Japan's foremost sword choreographers:

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Post by monty » June 23rd, 2014, 8:56 am

70. Kisaragi musô ken AKA The Kisaragi Sword (1962)

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A subpar effort - the less said the better.
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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)
2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)
4. Hangyakuji (Daisuke Ito, 1961)
5. Doku-ganryu Masamune aka Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959)
6. Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Teruo Ishii, 1973)
7. Okita Soji (Masanobu Deme, 1974)
8. Shinsengumi Chronicles - I Want to Die a Samurai (Kenji Misumi, 1963)
9. Gokai Senryo Yari aka Spear of Heroism (1961)
10. Araki Mataemon - Vendetta Of Samurai (1952)
11. Daibosatsu toge (Uchida, 1957)
12. Daibosatsu toge - Dai ni bu (Uchida, 1958)
13. Gô-hime AKA Basarah - Princess Goh (1992)
14. Gozonji irezumi hangan AKA Magistrate Toyama - Official With a Tattoo (1960)
15. Moeyo-ken AKA The Blazing Sword (1966)
16. Hana No Ato AKA After the Flowers (2010)
17. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
21. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
23. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
28. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
30. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
31. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
32. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
33. Momotarô-zamurai AKA The Demon Crusader (1957)
34. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1
35. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 2
36. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005), S01, Episode 3
37. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 4
38. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 5
39. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 06
40. Tengu-to AKA Blood End (1969)
41. The Magoichi Saga (1969)
42. Souls in the Moonlight Part 3 (Uchida, 1959)
43. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1965)
44. Sasaki Kojiro (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
45. Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
46. Ogawa no hotori (2011)
47. Rise Against the Sword (1966)
48. Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (1959)
49. Oedo go-nin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)
50. Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962)
51. Tekka daimyo (1961)
52. Bakumatsu AKA The Last Days of the Shogunate (Daisuke Ito, 1970)
53. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)
54. Shokin kasegi (1969)
55. Ako-Jo danzetsu aka Swords of Vengeance (1978)
56. Mondonosuke sanban-shobu AKA The Third Contest (1965)
57. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
58. Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
59. The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976) Season 2, Episode 4 (Directed by Ota Akikazu)
60. Yamazakura: The Cherry Tree in the Hills (2008)
61. Ansatsu Shirei AKA Assassination Orders (1984)
62. Samurai Secret Agent AKA Mittei (1983)
63. Nitôryû kaigen (1943)
64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)
65. Doku-ganryu Masamune (1942)
66. Ten to chi to AKA Heaven and Earth (1990)
67. Duel at Yagyu Valley (1945)
68. Miyamoto Musashi (1973)
69. Ako roshi (1961)
70. Kisaragi musô ken (1962)

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Post by cinephage » July 13th, 2014, 11:56 pm

08 - Yagyû ichizoku no inbô / Shogun Samurai, by Kinji Fukasaku (1978) 7/10

The set-up is quite long (almost 1 hour of explanations and getting the characters into position), but then it's a very good movie, in which manipulation and strategy get the upper hand. Great final as well. The fight scenes are not particularly interesting, though...
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01 - Jûsan-nin no shikaku / 13 Assassins, by Eiichi Kudo (1963) 7,5/10
02 - Kiru / Kill, by Kenji Misumi (1962) 7,5/10
03 - Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke / Samurai spy, by Masahiro Shinoda (1965) 6,5/10
04 - Kiba Ôkaminosuke: jigoku giri, by Hideo Gosha (1967) 6,5/10
05 - Miyamoto Musashi, by Hiroshi Inagaki (1954) 7,5/10
06 - Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô, by Hiroshi Inagaki 6,5/10
07 - Dai satsujin / The great battle, by Eiichi Kudo (1964) 9/10

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Post by monty » August 16th, 2014, 8:07 am

71. Knightly Advice AKA Tenka no gyoi kenban (1962)

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This film is based on a historical incident during the early years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Instead of swordfights what we get is lots of political intrigue and people trying to outsmart each other over issues of court etiquette. Excellent casting and a good script makes for a very enjoyable 92 minutes. Consequently, I have no other choice than to add it to my list, making it the 100th entry. :party:
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1. Tokkan aka Battle Cry (Kihachi Okamoto, 1972)
2. Sengoku burai aka Sword for Hire (1952)
3. Kage gari aka Shadow Hunters (1972)
4. Hangyakuji (Daisuke Ito, 1961)
5. Doku-ganryu Masamune aka Hawk of the North (Toshizaku Kono, 1959)
6. Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (Teruo Ishii, 1973)
7. Okita Soji (Masanobu Deme, 1974)
8. Shinsengumi Chronicles - I Want to Die a Samurai (Kenji Misumi, 1963)
9. Gokai Senryo Yari aka Spear of Heroism (1961)
10. Araki Mataemon - Vendetta Of Samurai (1952)
11. Daibosatsu toge (Uchida, 1957)
12. Daibosatsu toge - Dai ni bu (Uchida, 1958)
13. Gô-hime AKA Basarah - Princess Goh (1992)
14. Gozonji irezumi hangan AKA Magistrate Toyama - Official With a Tattoo (1960)
15. Moeyo-ken AKA The Blazing Sword (1966)
16. Hana No Ato AKA After the Flowers (2010)
17. Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho (1963)
18. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)
19. Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken (1964)
20. Nemuri Kyoshiro 5: Enjo-ken (1965)
21. Nemuri Kyôshirô 6: Masho-ken (1965)
22. Nemuri Kyoshiro 7: Tajo-ken (1966)
23. Nemuri Kyoshiro 8: Burai-ken (1966)
24. Nemuri Kyoshiro 9: Burai-Hikae masho no hada (1967)
25. Nemuri Kyoshiro 10: Onna jigoku (1968)
26. Nemuri Kyoshiro 11: Hito hada kumo (1968)
27. Nemuri Kyoshiro 12: Akujo-gari (1969)
28. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)
29. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)
30. Daibosatsu tôge AKA Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass (1960)
31. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)
32. Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961)
33. Momotarô-zamurai AKA The Demon Crusader (1957)
34. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) S01, Episode 1
35. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 2
36. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005), S01, Episode 3
37. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 4
38. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 5
39. Legendary Swordfights of Yagyu Jubei (2005) , S01, Episode 06
40. Tengu-to AKA Blood End (1969)
41. The Magoichi Saga (1969)
42. Souls in the Moonlight Part 3 (Uchida, 1959)
43. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1965)
44. Sasaki Kojiro (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
45. Sasaki Kojiro Kohen (Kiyoshi Saeki,1957)
46. Ogawa no hotori (2011)
47. Rise Against the Sword (1966)
48. Fuunji Oda Nobunaga (1959)
49. Oedo go-nin otoko AKA Five Men of Edo (1951)
50. Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962)
51. Tekka daimyo (1961)
52. Bakumatsu AKA The Last Days of the Shogunate (Daisuke Ito, 1970)
53. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)
54. Shokin kasegi (1969)
55. Ako-Jo danzetsu aka Swords of Vengeance (1978)
56. Mondonosuke sanban-shobu AKA The Third Contest (1965)
57. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
58. Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
59. The Moonrise Bodyguard (1976) Season 2, Episode 4 (Directed by Ota Akikazu)
60. Yamazakura: The Cherry Tree in the Hills (2008)
61. Ansatsu Shirei AKA Assassination Orders (1984)
62. Samurai Secret Agent AKA Mittei (1983)
63. Nitôryû kaigen (1943)
64. The Abe Clan AKA Abe ichizoku (1995)
65. Doku-ganryu Masamune (1942)
66. Ten to chi to AKA Heaven and Earth (1990)
67. Duel at Yagyu Valley (1945)
68. Miyamoto Musashi (1973)
69. Ako roshi (1961)
70. Kisaragi musô ken (1962)
71. Knightly Advice (1962)
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Post by sushantv10 » October 14th, 2014, 7:02 am

So Monty , Taken a break from the cool samurai films ? Or have you run out

I would love to get back into it , may finally watch Dora Heita soon
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Post by monty » October 26th, 2014, 12:33 pm

sushantv10 on Oct 14 2014, 01:02:36 AM wrote:So Monty , Taken a break from the cool samurai films ? Or have you run out

I would love to get back into it , may finally watch Dora Heita soon
No, I have plenty of interesting samurai features awaiting my discerning eye. However, this challenge needs more new blood. Judging by the lack of participation, sometimes I wonder if anyone reads my posts in this thread at all. Anyway, if you were to return, it'd really be great. :)

Btw, I'm planning on doing a mini-challenge involving a highly regarded series of films on Musashi so if anyone wants to take part let me know...
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Post by Limedebois » October 27th, 2014, 12:13 pm

Who cares to read posts about films that people don't know? Just write it, and it might be helpful not instantly but someday. That would be at least most interesting that all your aka comments.

Also, it's more helpful than this:
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Yes, people 'read' who have seen a film. There's the dark side, and the moron side.
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Post by monty » October 27th, 2014, 10:01 pm

Limedebois on Oct 27 2014, 06:13:57 AM wrote:Who cares to read posts about films that people don't know? Just write it, and it might be helpful not instantly but someday. That would be at least most interesting that all your aka comments.

Also, it's more helpful than this:
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Yes, people 'read' who have seen a film. There's the dark side, and the moron side.
The AKAs are necessary when not supplied by the site. Hopefully, people are able to deduce from my commenting on that film - as well as the fact that it feaures in my list of samurai films - that I've actually seen it. Then there are the posts in this thread, which there's a link to in my list - detailing my response to each of the films in question. As for the moron side, it should be possible to go dark without your checks being invisible to non-friends. The way it is now, if you opt out of the rankings, there is no choice in this matter.
Btw, if you were to send me a friend request, I might just grant your deepest wish...

Also, are you up to taking part in my upcoming mini-challenge?
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Post by Limedebois » October 27th, 2014, 11:29 pm

I won't taking part of any challenge anymore. I don't compete, I don't kick my own ass to watch specific films. I read, I look for good films, I know where to find them most of time (mostly when it concerns Japanese or more specifically samurai - or traveling gambler - films) and I'm open to others recommendations. So make your mini-challenge, with mates or alone, all kind of explorations are welcomed. But as cinephiles, I've never seen 'friends'. There's no friend. We watch and we like films, alone. Always. Cinephiles are ronins, traveling gamblers, smugglers, thieves. No samurai. Or maybe the Melville's one. So yeah, challenge films, pick carefully, and enlighten my own ignorance. But I don't fight, no. Once the game is over, I pick what seems to be the best pieces. Ronin and scavenger. After you.

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Post by monty » October 28th, 2014, 12:17 am

Limedebois on Oct 27 2014, 05:29:00 PM wrote:I won't taking part of any challenge anymore. I don't compete, I don't kick my own ass to watch specific films. I read, I look for good films, I know where to find them most of time (mostly when it concerns Japanese or more specifically samurai - or traveling gambler - films) and I'm open to others recommendations. So make your mini-challenge, with mates or alone, all kind of explorations are welcomed. But as cinephiles, I've never seen 'friends'. There's no friend. We watch and we like films, alone. Always. Cinephiles are ronins, traveling gamblers, smugglers, thieves. No samurai. Or maybe the Melville's one. So yeah, challenge films, pick carefully, and enlighten my own ignorance. But I don't fight, no. Once the game is over, I pick what seems to be the best pieces. Ronin and scavenger. After you.
It's not really about competing, it's about watching the same films and having a discussion as to the merits of the films afterwards. The films in question constitute a much lauded five part retelling of Musashi's exploits It'd be fun comparing notes, what say you?
Or do you mean to tell me that you want to leave all the dirty exploring to yours truly?
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Post by Limedebois » October 28th, 2014, 9:31 am

A lot of films are waiting for years to be seen, I'm not sure to rush all at the same time in the same tomb is a good thing for samurai film archeology. But I understand, you clearly miss some help here. You don't like to be a ronin, you want to be part of a team, attacking the same target with old mates.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of all these series, especially the 47 versions of Musashi. I like it when I saw it, but once done, I just can't remember which Musashi films I've seen. Same thing with the yakuza films series, that's a real mess. And I don't think personal notes or reading others comments can help to see a bit more clearly. And my English comprehension is basically enough to capture obvious idea, like 'I recommend this, I gave it a 8/10!' But I have commented a lot of those films in French if you're interested^. I've started from level 1 in English five years ago, never too late to learn... Japanese (well actually I doubt that even the Japanese cinephiles watch and discuss those films).

When you go dark, don't expect to end fortunately, moving your hands in front of you totally blind, on a unknown and voluptuous breast. Choosing obscurity is a way to find genuine gems, sometimes, but don't expect to be assisted by a gorgeous woman, or even a mere Goblin. Write your comments, and it will be a message in a bottle thrown into the sea. One day, someone will read it, and will thank you, or even start to discuss with you quoting an old post. Mini challenge? well I hope you the best, but it's like going on the moon to find a good wife or trying to find his way in a fjord.

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Post by monty » October 28th, 2014, 9:47 am

Hehe, it seems I'll just have to resign myself to the role of samurai outcast, forever clinging to the hope that my feeble excursions into the glorious world of chanbara will serve as inspiration to the unenlightened.
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Post by sushantv10 » October 30th, 2014, 11:33 am

Can't believe its been exactly 1 Year since i last posted a movie in this thread

20. Dora Heita (2000) : An amusing samurai film with a delightful lead played by popular actor Koji Yakusho. Screenplay by the masters of japanese cinema including Ichikawa , Kobayashi and KUrosawa. Glad to have finally seen it.

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Post by sushantv10 » October 30th, 2014, 11:34 am

Hey Monty any luck in finding Zatoichi Series Season 3 and 4 ??
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Post by monty » October 30th, 2014, 9:40 pm

sushantv10 on Oct 30 2014, 05:34:39 AM wrote:Hey Monty any luck in finding Zatoichi Series Season 3 and 4 ??
Hey sushantv
Good to have you back in the dojo. Hope you'll make an extended stay this time around. :)

And yes, if you've been following the Zatoichi tv-series challenge thread, viewtopic.php?t=1433&5/,you'll have noticed that I've watched the three first seasons in their entirety.
As for season 4, I've just managed to get hold of a few eps, including the all-important Teshigahara ones.
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Post by monty » November 4th, 2014, 12:00 am

Last chance if anyone wants to join me for a mini-challenge involving Uchida's 5 film Miyamoto series...

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Post by funkybusiness » November 4th, 2014, 12:08 am

monty on Nov 3 2014, 05:00:14 PM wrote:Last chance if anyone wants to join me for a mini-challenge involving Uchida's 5 film Miyamoto series...
yeah, why not. What are the films? I'm guessing those 5 Miyamoto-titled films he did towards the end of his career? Any place in particular I can check em out?

No wait I'm only counting 4. and the last one is called VI. :wacko:

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