recommend to me some samurai films!

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  1. Doug:Li

    Doug:Li Stunt Coordinator

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    I want to find some good classic samurai movies to watch. I already have ordered SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO. What else is out there like that? Can anyone name some titles I can find on dvd? And others that aren't on dvd? Im looking for anything no matter what the time period or style. Even if it isnt a 'traditional' samurai story. Thanks for the help!


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  2. Chris Atkins

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    I also recommend the Zaitoichi the Blind Swordsman series of films that are now availible on DVD.
     
  4. ChuckDeLa

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    Chushingura. Samurai I, II, and III. And since you're already doing the Kurosawas, might as well pick up Sanjuro too.
     
  5. Thi Them

    Thi Them Producer

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    Shogun

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  6. Eric_E

    Eric_E Supporting Actor

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    What Chuck said. [​IMG]

    Also by Kurosawa:
    Ran
    Kagemusha

    And by Masahiro Shinoda:
    Yari no Gonza - although this isn't available on DVD, AFAIK.

    And if you're into something less serious, the animated:
    Ninja Scroll
    How could I have forgotten one of my favorite anime:
    Rurouni Kenshin - the TV show is excellent - the OAV is utterly brilliant and in a much different style than the TV show. Much more realistic, and bloody as hell.
     
  7. Doug:Li

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    this is awesome, thanks! keep it coming !![​IMG]
     
  8. Tim RH

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    HARA-KIRI, SAMURAI ASSASSIN, SAMURAI REBELLION, SWORD OF DOOM & The Baby Cart series are recommended.
     
  9. Alex Prosak

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    The Lone Wolf and Cub series will soon become available, I believe in mid May.
     
  10. Seth Paxton

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    Yeah, I second getting the Samurai trilogy from Criterion. It was considered by some to be the Gone with the Wind for Japan. It's not just action, though Sam 2 and 3 have some nice showdowns. Mifune with a sword, always a good start.
     
  11. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    I highly recommend the following

    Kurosawa

    Seven Samurai - you're already getting
    Yojimbo - ditto
    Sanjuro - Sequel to Yojimbo
    Ran - Epic in scale
    Throne of Blood - Another epic due in May from Criterion
    Hidden Fortress - The lightest of the Kurosawa Samurai films.
    Rashomon - More of a straight-up Drama

    Inagaki

    Samurai Trilogy - Epic true story of Japans Legendary Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi
    Chushingura - True story of the legendary 47 Ronin

    Zatoichi Blind swordsman series

    The first 5 films are available on DVD. More are due out in April/May.

    If you want to try out Anime I highly recommend the Rurouni Kenshin 4 part (2 disc) series (aka Samurai X) Trust & Betrayal. A very elegant & thoughtful Kurosawa-isque story.
     
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
     
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    Despite some people's confusion on what is a samurai and what is a ninja, I agree with a lot of these choices. I would like to futher support the blind swordsman series. I found the character as entertaining as Peter Faulk's Colombo
     
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    Ikiru
     
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    Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai

    (only half kidding)
     

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