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Old 10-23-2006, 09:07 PM   #1
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Recently i've become increasingly interested in, and enamored by old japanese Chambara (sword fight) and Jidaigeki (period drama) style films. With my growing fondness comes the need to find more and more of these great works, just to substantiate my new found addiction.. Obviously, there's no shortage of material out there. But of course as is always the case, some are better than others.

Point being, name some of your favourites of the genre.. Aswell as and most importantly, some of the more obscure and or rarely mentioned titles that often go overlooked.
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:09 PM   #2
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Yojimbo and Seven Samurai are my favorite samurai flicks. Can't go wrong with Kurosawa.
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:22 PM   #3
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I have still yet to see Seven Samurai. I need to rent that and re rent Shogun Assassin and just make a little night of it. By the way that's a damn fine avatar there Mr. Ripper.
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Sonny Chiba made some samurai movies too.
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Outside of the more obvious Kurosawa films...

Samurai Rebellion
Kill!
Chushingura
Ugestu
Harikiri
Samurai Miyamoto Musashi Trilogy
Red Lion
Hanzo the Razor
series
Lone Wolf & Cub series
The Last Sword is Drawn (not old, but awesome)
Sword of the Beast
Samurai Spy
Portrait of Hell
Sword of Doom
Samurai Assassin
Demon Spies
Samurai Banners
Fall of Ako Castle
Satan's Sword Trilogy


I'm sure I can think of more, and I will add them if any pop in my head
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:33 PM   #6
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Seven Samurai and Samurai Rebellion are my favourites. Others I enjoyed:

Yojimbo
Sanjuro
Ugestu
Sword of Doom
Samurai Assasin
Throne of Blood
The Samurai Trilogy

Basically any samurai flick with the great Toshiro Mifune.

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Satan's Sword Trilogy
What did you think of the Satan's Sword Trilogy?

I've been really wanting to check these out along with the Ninja, a Band of Assassins and Sleepy Eyes of Death series, the bitch of it being the imports are pricey as hell (around 40$ a piece).. and of course no US or UK releasings. Might just say fuck it and go with some boots as I did with Tenchu and Tengu-to.
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What did you think of the Satan's Sword Trilogy?

I've been really wanting to check these out along with the Ninja, a Band of Assassins and Sleepy Eyes of Death series, the bitch of it being the imports are pricey as hell (around 40$ a piece).. and of course no US or UK releasings. Might just say fuck it and go with some boots as I did with Tenchu and Tengu-to.
I dug 'em...they're definitely nowhere near the quality of Sword of Doom, but they hold their own, and are worth seeing so you get the entire story. You can get decent bootlegs from http://www.samuraimoviedvd.com/, it's where I bought them from. They're pricey as hell otherwise.

Oh, and I just remembered Destiny's Son, which is awesome as well
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Oh, and I just remembered Destiny's Son, which is awesome as well
Sweet, Destiny's Son is another i've been wanting to get a hold of... but of course it's been a bitch trying to find a decent release. Actually, it seems to be a bitch getting a good release of any Ichikawa Raizo films period.

Looks like i'll likely be looking into that site you listed, good stuff. Thanks.
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"lady snowblood" anyone? i quite like this along with the "lone wolf and cub" series...

http://imdb.com/title/tt0158714/
http://imdb.com/title/tt0072157/
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