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  • Anybody Else Here A Fan Of Samurai Movies?

    I was just wondering if anyone else here is a big fan of samurai movies? Not the walking on trees, flying through the air and general inanity of what is commonly thought of when this is mentioned. I mean movies like "Ran", "Throne of Blood", "Sword of Doom", and "Kagemusha". These are truly good movies. In addition to the ones above I have:

    Yojimbo, Samurai 1, 2, and 3, The Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, Samurai Rebellion, Sword of The Beast, Samurai Spy, Kill, and last but certainly not least, Seven Samurai.

    Any other recommendations? Or am I a true nerd for liking these movies?
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    I also have Shogun the Miniseries on DVD and three seasons of Samurai Jack on DVD. The last was a great cartoon series that used to air on Cartoon Network. Awesome stuff but not really related to the samurai movie genre that I'm looking for. Just something fun. (maybe I am a samurai nerd)
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    • #3
      Well it's stretching to add Samurai based animes so I will refrain.

      But I do like most of your list. Shogun though ranks as top of the heap. I liked how the audience just has to deal with no subtitles too. Made it feel very real.

      I thought The Last Samurai was good. I won't dump on Cruise just for the sake of it, it was a good movie.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Aries View Post
        Well it's stretching to add Samurai based animes so I will refrain.

        But I do like most of your list. Shogun though ranks as top of the heap. I liked how the audience just has to deal with no subtitles too. Made it feel very real.

        I thought The Last Samurai was good. I won't dump on Cruise just for the sake of it, it was a good movie.

        Haven't seen Tai Pan in a long time, wish I could find it again.
        I thought about adding The Last Samurai but figured I would get crap because of Cruise being in it. You're right though, it is a good movie. My favorite part of it is the Ninja attack on the village. Great stuff!

        Sword of Doom has a great scene where the main character is part of an assassination attempt on a government official. When the ambushers attack the palanquin, it's not the official inside but Toshiro Mifune, another master swordsman in the movie. He proceeds to decimate the attackers in grand fashion all the while, the main character played by Tatsuya Nakadai, who is an evil swordsman, watches. It puts doubt into his mind as to how good he really is, watching Toshiro wipe out the assassins. And it's set in the snow, and the music is very moody. The whole thing is something to watch.
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        • #5
          Kagemusha is the best of them all.
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          • #6
            I liked Last Samurai, despite Tom Cruise being in it.

            I've also seen bits and pieces of a number of the Zatoichi films, which I enjoyed a lot. I have read the story of the 47 ronin, and would probably like a movie version of that (I think there is an old one, but it could be redone quite well, in my opinion).
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            • #7
              many many good samurai films worth seeing!

              Definitely worth checking out Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano's version of "Zatoichi."

              I also recommend the Lone Wolf and Cub series:
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Wolf_and_Cub
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              • #8
                Seen alot of em when I was i Japan including a daytime serial about the first Shogun it was very good Dont remember the name of the show Loved Ran and Kagamushi....
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                • #9
                  I have Ran and Kagemusha I'm looking to get my hands on the 7 Samurai (my all time favorite) if I get the chance. I think the Criterion Collection is doing a good job putting them on DVD and giving an excellent 2nd disc full of background, commentary and documentaries.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BarcelonaBlom View Post
                    I have Ran and Kagemusha I'm looking to get my hands on the 7 Samurai (my all time favorite) if I get the chance. I think the Criterion Collection is doing a good job putting them on DVD and giving an excellent 2nd disc full of background, commentary and documentaries.
                    Yes, definitely check out the the commentary by Michael Jeck, an expert on Japanese Films, on the criterion release of "The Seven Samurai."
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                    • #11
                      Do ninja movies count?

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                      • #12
                        I second Patrocles on Lone Wolf and Cub.
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                        • #13
                          Heaven and Earth is worth a watch in my opinion.

                          The Silk Road is another. Although the setting is in China, and has nothing to do with samurais, it is a Japanese movie and does have the feel of a samurai movie.
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                          • #14
                            Very good films mentioned here...love the genre as well.

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                            • #15
                              I have never seen Kagemusha

                              I like Ruoni Kenshin. Cartoon/Anime about the Meiji Restoration and a samurai. I liked it, suggest it.

                              Ran was a great movie IMHO.
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