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1. Onnakeizu (1962)

99 min | Romance

8.5
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Writers: Kyoka Izumi, Yoshikata Yoda | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiyo Kogure, Masayo Banri, Eiji Funakoshi

2. Zatôichi monogatari (1974–1979)

45 min | Action, Drama

8.4
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Blind masseur Zatôichi travels from town to town gambling, drinking, and fighting off the local gangs.

Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shintarô Akatsuki, Renji Ishibashi, Keizô Kanie

3. Mute Samurai (1973–1974)

Action

8.4
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A master swordsman, Kiichi Hogan, wanders Japan in search of the Spanish swordsman who murdered his parents and slashed his throat 18 years before. Renouncing any normal life the samurai ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Yûko Hama, Shintarô Katsu, Yoshiko Nakada

4. Tomuraishi tachi (1968)

89 min

8.3
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Writers: Giichi Fujimoto, Akiyuki Nosaka | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yûnosuke Itô, Arihiro Fujimura, Takuya Fujioka

5. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Unrated | 81 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's ... See full summary »

Writers: Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Akiji Kobayashi, Minoru Ôki

6. Namida gawa (1967)

79 min | Drama

8.1
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Writers: Shûgorô Yamamoto, Yoshikata Yoda | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shiho Fujimura, Kiku Wakayagi, Rokkô Toura, Kamatari Fujiwara

7. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Unrated | 83 min | Action, Drama

8.0
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Writers: Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

8. Devil's Temple (1969)

76 min | Drama

7.9
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Writers: Kaneto Shindô, Jun'ichirô Tanizaki | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Hideko Takamine, Michiyo Aratama, Kei Satô

9. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

7.8
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In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Writers: Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama, Isao Yamagata

10. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Fifth film in the Lone Wolf & Cub Series. 5 warriors challenge Ogami to duels. Each has 1/5th of Ogami's assassin fee and 1/5 of the information he needs to complete his assassination. His ... See full summary »

Writers: Kazuo Koike, Tsutomu Nakamura | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Michiyo Ôkusu, Akihiro Tomikawa, Shingo Yamashiro

11. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Writers: Minoru Inuzuka, Kan Shimozawa | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

12. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.6
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Cowritten by star Shintaro Katsu, this adventure pits Zatoichi against one of his most diabolical foes: a blind yakuza boss whose reign of terror and exploitation has made him nearly mythic... See full summary »

Writers: Shintarô Katsu, Kan Shimozawa | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

13. Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.6
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After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.

Writers: Ryôzô Kasahara, Kan Shimozawa | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Jûshirô Konoe, Miwa Takada, Yukiji Asaoka

14. Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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When Zatoichi witnesses the murder of a young mother he promises to deliver the baby to the father. Along the way he gains the help of a reluctant criminal.

Writers: Seiji Hoshikawa, Kan Shimozawa, Tetsurô Yoshida | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Nobuo Kaneko, Gen Kimura, Ikuko Môri

15. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.5
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A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.

Writers: Daisuke Itô, Kan Shimozawa | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikio Narita, Chizu Hayashi, Kaneko Iwasaki

16. Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.4
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Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killing a man. Realizing his mistake, he sets out to protect the dead man's sister, who is conflicted in accepting his help.

Writers: Kiyokata Saruwaka, Kan Shimozawa, Hisashi Sugiura, Tetsurô Yoshida | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yoshiko Mita, Makoto Satô, Kô Nishimura

17. Kiru (1962)

71 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Writers: Renzaburô Shibata, Kaneto Shindô | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shigeru Amachi, Masayo Banri, Shiho Fujimura

18. The Last Samurai (1974)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Writers: Shôtarô Ikenami, Kenji Misumi | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Ken Ogata, Masaomi Kondô, Teruhiko Saigô

19. Ken (1964)

94 min | Drama

7.3
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Writers: Kazuro Funabashi, Yukio Mishima | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yûsuke Kawazu, Hisaya Morishige, Akio Hasegawa

20. Gate of Hell (1953)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.

Writers: Kan Kikuchi, Teinosuke Kinugasa, Masaichi Nagata | Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Kazuo Hasegawa, Isao Yamagata, Yataro Kurokawa

21. Daibutsu kaigen (1952)

129 min

7.2
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Writers: Teinosuke Kinugasa, Ryuichiro Yagi | Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa | Stars: Shinobu Araki, Kôtarô Bandô, Kazuo Hasegawa, Sumiko Hidaka

22. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964)

83 min | Drama

7.2
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Writers: Seiji Hoshikawa, Renzaburô Shibata | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôichi Aihara, San'emon Arashi, Shinjirô Asano

23. Ken ki (1965)

83 min

7.2
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Hanpei is an orphan mistreated by other vassals of the manor. He loves flowers and is named the castle gardener. One day in the forest he meets a samurai who teaches him his technique. To ... See full summary »

Writers: Seiji Hoshikawa, Renzaburô Shibata | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Sugata, Kei Satô, Ryûtarô Gomi

24. Shirikurae Magoichi (1969)

95 min | Action

7.1
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Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Ryôtarô Shiba | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Komaki Kurihara, Kôjirô Hongô, Katsuo Nakamura

25. Shinsengumi Chronicles (1963)

93 min

7.0
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Writers: Kan Shimozawa, Seiji Hoshikawa | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shigeru Amachi, San'emon Arashi, Saburô Date, Shiho Fujimura

26. Satan's Sword (1960)

106 min | Action

7.0
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Writers: Teinosuke Kinugasa, Kaizan Nakazato | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Fujiko Yamamoto

27. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire (1965)

Drama

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Writers: Seiji Hoshikawa, Renzaburô Shibata | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Sanae Nakahara, Kô Nishimura

28. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Villainy (1966)

79 min | Drama

7.0
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Writers: Daisuke Itô, Renzaburô Shibata | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shigeru Amachi, Shiho Fujimura, Kentarô Kudô

29. Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)

94 min | Action

6.9
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Hanzo is an incorruptible and unorthodox officer in Edo, as famous for his self-discipline and his love shaft as his sword. Against the backdrop of his magistrate's occasional rounding up ... See full summary »

Writers: Kazuo Koike, Takeshi Kanda | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiji Asaoka, Mari Atsumi, Kô Nishimura

30. Shaka (1961)

139 min | Drama

6.9
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Writer: Fuji Yahiro | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Charito Solis, Shintarô Katsu, Machiko Kyô

31. Nyokei kazoku (1963)

111 min | Drama

6.9
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Writers: Toyoko Yamasaki, Yoshikata Yoda | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Machiko Kyô, Jirô Tamiya, Miwa Takada

32. Satan's Sword II (1960)

Drama, Action

6.8
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Writer: Kaizan Nakazato | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Fujiko Yamamoto

33. Wrath of Daimajin (1966)

79 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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Giant statue exacts revenge upon those who conquer its worshippers.

Writer: Tetsurô Yoshida | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Shiho Fujimura, Taro Marui, Takashi Kanda

34. Momotarô-zamurai (1957)

87 min

6.4
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Writers: Kiichirô Yamate, Fuji Yahiro | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yôko Uraji, Seizaburô Kawazu, Michiyo Kogure

35. Muhomatsu no issho (1965)

96 min | Adventure, History

6.4
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Writers: Mansaku Itami, Shunsaku Iwashita | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Ineko Arima, Ken Utsui

36. On the Road Forever (1964)

89 min | Action

6.2
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Writer: Seiji Hoshikawa | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tôru Abe, Jun Fujimaki, Kenjirô Ishiyama

37. Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It) (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.0
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Tale of vengeance -- outlaw style -- as Red Pierre hunts down legendary gunman Bob McGurk to avenge the murder of his Mother and Father.

Writers: Max Brand, Lance Doty | Director: Lance Doty | Stars: John Doman, Jim Gaffigan, Jeff Hephner, Tamara Hope

38. Nihiki no yojimbo (1968)

81 min

6.0
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Writers: Hideo Ando, Hisashi Sugiura | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tôru Abe, Miyoko Akaza, Hiroko Hasegawa, Kôjirô Hongô

39. Yuki no mosho (1967)

92 min

5.9
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Writers: Mitsuko Mizuashi, Toshio Yasumi | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Toyoto Fukuda, Tamao Nakamura, Chiaki Tsukioka

40. Yotsuya kaidan (1959)

84 min | Horror

5.6
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Writer: Fuji Yahiro | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Yasuko Nakada, San'emon Arashi, Narutoshi Hayashi

41. Little Red Riding Hood (I) (2009 Video)

15 min | Short, Action, Adventure

5.5
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A satirized version of the iconic fairy tale retold with more than a few "twists". Little Red Riding Hood is sent out on an errand by her domineering mother to bring her ailing Grandmother ... See full summary »

Writer: J.L. Carrozza | Director: J.L. Carrozza | Stars: Charli Henley, David Luce, Jonathan Daire, Neil Cicierega

42. The Ghost-Cat Cursed Wall (1958)

88 min | Horror

4.8
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Chieko Murata, Mieko Kondô, Akio Kobori

44. Hissatsu shiokinin (1973– )

46 min | Action, Drama

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Stars: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Yumiko Nogawa, Makoto Fujita, Takayuki Akutagawa

45. Kitsune no kureta akanbô (1971)

89 min | Action, Drama

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Writer: Santaro Marune | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Naoko Ôtani, Ichirô Nakatani, Shin Kishida

46. Sakura no Daimon (1973)

Drama

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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Michi Higashi, Tomoko Mayama

47. Shojo ga mita (1966)

84 min | Drama, Mystery

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Writers: Kazuro Funabashi, Mitsuro Kotaki | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Michiyo Ôkusu, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Saburô Date

48. Sisters of Nishijin (1952)

Drama

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A family of silkweavers are hit hard by industrialization.

Writer: Kaneto Shindô | Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Yumiko Miyagino, Mitsuko Miura, Yuko Tsumura, Kinuyo Tanaka

49. Joyô (1960)

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Writers: Kimiyuki Hasegawa, Yaso Saijo, Kô Suzumura | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Tatsuo Hanabu, Yosuke Irie, Kôichi Itô

50. Kyojin okuma shigenobu (1963)

Action

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Writer: Fuji Yahiro | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Jun Fujimaki, Asao Koike, Taketoshi Naitô, Ken Utsui