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Sherman Byas
07-10-2001, 09:33 AM
I guess this falls under weapons. Can anyone reccomend some good Samurai movies? I've seen Samurai I, II & III, Sword of Doom, Lone Wolf and Cub. Since I've decided to really get better at Jo and Bokken I'm looking for as much input as possible.

Thanks in advance everone! :D


07-10-2001, 10:21 AM
Still one of my favourites: "Samurai Fiction" by Hiroyuki Nakano.


Jon Adams
07-10-2001, 10:46 AM
Whoah. How can one talk Samurai films without mentioning the works of Kurosawa?! Yojimbo, Seven Samurai, Fortress of Blood (I think that is the name). Not to mention Toshiro Mofune's films outside of Kurosawa like the Musashi trilogy. Want real good films, look at the classics.

Brian H
07-10-2001, 12:17 PM
The above post combines two film titles - "Throne of blood" ie samurai Macbeth and "Hidden Fortress" believe it or not, the inspiration for Star Wars (R2D2 and C3PO as Japanese peasants stand out), Seven Samurai was remade as "The Magnificant Seven" (listed in credits), Yojimbo and Sanjiro as Clint Eastwoods "Man with no name" films ie Fist full of Dollars etc. A good empty hands/ taking of center scene can been found in "Red Beard" "Ran" is a remake of King Lear. I have not seen them but the "Baby Cart" movies come highly recommended, as do a series about a traveling, blind gambler(name starts with Z).

07-10-2001, 01:40 PM
I would also recommend Chushingura, the story of the 47 Ronin. Personally, I like the 1963 production by Toho directed by Inagaki Hiroshi with a cameo from Mifune Toshiro.
As mentioned by others, any Kurosawa samurai movie (or any Kurosawa movie for that matter) can be highly recommended. Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Sanjuro form the core, but there are many more.
On a more humourous note, you could check out "Red Sun" with Charles Bronson where Mifune plays a Samurai escort for the Japanese ambassador to the US travelling through the American Wild West.

-Matt Kidder

Sherman Byas
07-10-2001, 03:21 PM
Sorry I forgot to mention I've seen Seven Samurai, Yojimbo , Sanjuro& Hidden Fortress. TheLone Wolf and Cub Series is very good also.Note to Brian: The name of the blind swordsman/massuse (not gambler) is Zatoichi, a series of films of which there are at least 20 episodes. www.momii.com/zatoichi (haven't seen any) I also reccomend a movie called The Hunted starring Cristopher Lambert. There's an excellent "bloody" scene in which persuing ninja decide to kill every potential witness on a high-speed train while in pursuit of Lambert. He is protected by a grudge-carrying samurai. Great scene. The rest of the movie is weak.

Keep the titles coming!

Also reccomend any good jo/bokken video's.


curly wolf
07-24-2001, 03:40 PM
yakuza, also called brotherhood of the yakuza has a very good sword scene in it. it was most representative of my kenjutsu class than any other movie i've seen...

08-04-2001, 12:11 PM
I don't think anyone mentioned The Samurai Staring Shintaro, even though it is a series.

kung fu hamster
01-08-2003, 03:53 PM
Samurai Assassin with Toshiro Mifune is excellent, I also recommend Tenchu, which (as one touter put it) has an eerie presaging scene in which actor Yukio Mishima commits suicide with a blade to the belly. The Lady Snowblood movies were rather entertaining. And who can forget Harakiri?

01-08-2003, 08:25 PM
Actually any Kurosawa Samurai films are excellent. It shows what Budo and Bushido really is. One film that still gives me a headache till this day is actually "Kagemusha". Any Samurai film with Mifune in it is also cool.

But one film by Kurosawa, I believe it was by Kurosawa, that was not about the Samurai era but show the Samurai spirit, Budo (not in the technical sense), and Bushido is "Brothers", starring "Beat" Takeshi. It's about a Yakuza ("Beat" Takeshi) that went to America for revenge, I believe. I need to find that movie again... It's really cool.

01-09-2003, 07:16 AM
But one film by Kurosawa, I believe it was by Kurosawa, that was not about the Samurai era but show the Samurai spirit, Budo (not in the technical sense), and Bushido is "Brothers", starring "Beat" Takeshi. It's about a Yakuza ("Beat" Takeshi) that went to America for revenge, I believe. I need to find that movie again... It's really cool.
Hi Thalib,

Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi wrote and directed the film as well as starring in it. I dont think there's any connection with Akira Kurosawa at all. You're absolutely right though, its a wonderful film, definitely my favourite gangster film of all time.



01-09-2003, 08:08 AM
Aah... thank you for the enlightenment...

I watched it while I was in Australia on the World Channel or something.

01-09-2003, 09:55 AM
The baby cart movies you are referring to are Lone Wolf And Cub.


Choku Tsuki
01-09-2003, 01:35 PM
Chushingura (1962)


01-14-2003, 02:19 PM
Try Bugei Trading Company's Media Section (http://www.bugei.com/media.html) for a nice selection.


01-15-2003, 09:20 AM
I found that the movie Taboo (by Director Nagisa Oshima) was incredible.

The story is mainly concerning a homosexual samourai in feudal Japan. But the movie also brings forth a lot of the mentality regarding several subject ( la Hagakure). Immensely interesting, even if the sexual scene can be very disturbing.

But the Kumitachi scenes through out the movie are worth this discomfort! At the begenning of the movie is a session of testing to see which new samourai would be aloud in a swordsmen school. I strongly recommand seeing it on DVD so you can watch it again and again on slow motion. Simply mind blowing!


01-15-2003, 09:33 AM
Wait is this the one with "Beat" Takeshi in it... I mean is it originally titled "Gohatto".

If it is, I saw it in Japanese and no sub-titles (which makes it even harder to understand). And, uhm... yes... that particular scene is quite disturbing... did I say "quite"... VERY disturbing.

01-15-2003, 11:12 AM
Actually it is the same movie!

Let's just say that I am recommending this movie for the fights with real swords(well, real in the Hollywood sense!:)) The DVD version that I rented had subtitles and they where more than helpfull!