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1. Onnakeizu (1962)

99 min | Romance

8.5
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiyo Kogure, Masayo Banri, Eiji Funakoshi

Votes: 8

2. Zatôichi monogatari (1974–1979)

45 min | Action, Drama

8.3
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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

Votes: 121

3. Mute Samurai (1973–1974)

Action

8.3
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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

Votes: 39

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

Unrated | 81 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Akiji Kobayashi, Minoru Ôki

Votes: 3,853

5. Kozure ôhkami - ko wo kashi ude kashi tsu (1972)

83 min

8.1
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama

Votes: 14

6. Sakura no Daimon (1973)

88 min | Action, Drama

8.0
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Michi Higashi, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 7

7. Muhômatsu no isshô (1965)

96 min | Adventure, History

8.0
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Ineko Arima, Ken Utsui, Tôru Abe

Votes: 7

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

Unrated | 83 min | Action

7.9
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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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

Votes: 4,964

9. Namida gawa (1967)

79 min | Drama

7.9
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shiho Fujimura, Kiku Wakayagi, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Rokkô Toura

Votes: 12

10. 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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 3,560

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

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Five warriors challenge Ogami to duels. Each holds a part of information needed to complete the assassination of a mad clan leader.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Michiyo Ohkusu, Akihiro Tomikawa, Shingo Yamashiro

Votes: 2,553

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

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 3,173

13. Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.7
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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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Jûshirô Konoe, Miwa Takada, Yukiji Asaoka

Votes: 784

14. Zatôichi kesshô-tabi (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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Nobuo Kaneko, Gen Kimura, Ikuko Môri

Votes: 1,019

15. Tomuraishi tachi (1968)

89 min | Drama

7.6
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yûnosuke Itô, Arihiro Fujimura, Takuya Fujioka

Votes: 11

16. The Last Samurai (1974)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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Toranosuke Sugi, a brave and loyal Samurai, fights to practice and preserve his master's teachings amid a civil war. With friends on both side will he cave to temptation, or stand on principle and for freedom?

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Ken Ogata, Takahiro Tamura, Teruhiko Saigô

Votes: 234

17. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.5
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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 »

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

Votes: 838

18. Ken (1964)

94 min | Drama

7.5
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yûsuke Kawazu, Hisaya Morishige, Akio Hasegawa

Votes: 170

19. Oni no sumu yakata (1969)

76 min | Drama

7.5
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An abandoned temple in the mountains outside of the old capital city of Kyoto is the scene of a fated meeting between a traveling priest, two women, and a vicious killer.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Hideko Takamine, Michiyo Aratama, Kei Satô

Votes: 69

20. Daibutsu kaigen (1952)

129 min

7.5
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Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa | Stars: Shinobu Araki, Kôtarô Bandô, Kazuo Hasegawa, Sumiko Hidaka

Votes: 10

21. Shogun Assassin (1980)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure

7.4
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When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.

Directors: Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Shôgen Nitta

Votes: 8,072

22. Kiru (1962)

71 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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A samurai seeks revenge and redemption after his family is executed by a rival clan.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Mayumi Nagisa, Masayo Banri

Votes: 256

23. 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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yoshiko Mita, Makoto Satô, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 683

24. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.4
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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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikio Narita, Chizu Hayashi, Kaneko Iwasaki

Votes: 875

25. Nyokei kazoku (1963)

111 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Machiko Kyô, Jirô Tamiya, Miwa Takada

Votes: 16

26. Nihiki no yojimbo (1968)

81 min

7.3
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tôru Abe, Miyoko Akaza, Hiroko Hasegawa, Kôjirô Hongô

Votes: 7

27. Gate of Hell (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, History, Romance

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

Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Kazuo Hasegawa, Isao Yamagata, Yatarô Kurokawa

Votes: 2,203

28. 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 »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Sugata, Kei Satô, Ryûtarô Gomi

Votes: 183

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

83 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôichi Aihara, San'emon Arashi, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 149

30. Daibosatsu tôge (1960)

106 min | Action

7.0
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The story follows the life of Ryunosuke Tsukue, an amoral samurai and a master swordsman with an unorthodox style.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Fujiko Yamamoto

Votes: 97

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

Drama

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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Michiko Sugata, Sanae Nakahara

Votes: 98

32. Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki (1960)

Drama, Action

7.0
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Ryunosuke awakens in the forest having no more idea what happened that previous night, as he'd been drunk & hallucinatory. He is surrounded by corpses & can surmise it's his own handiwork.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Fujiko Yamamoto

Votes: 69

33. Zatôichi monogatari (1974–1979)
Episode: The Kannon Statue That Was Tied (1974)

Action, Drama

7.0
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A roadside statue of some significance needs to be moved. Its popularity means that there's lots of money to be made in its new location. Two different bosses want their territories to be its new home and they'll do anything to get it.

Director: Kenji Misumi

Votes: 6

34. Shinsengumi shimatsuki (1963)

93 min

6.9
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As change sweep Japan, an honest man joins the Shinsengumi out of respect for their leader and because he wants to live and die as a samurai. However, as his involvement goes, reality and idealism come into deadly conflict.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Shigeru Amachi

Votes: 99

35. Shirikurae Magoichi (1969)

95 min | Action

6.9
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Komaki Kurihara, Kôjirô Hongô, Katsuo Nakamura

Votes: 28

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

79 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shigeru Amachi, Shiho Fujimura, Kentarô Kudô

Votes: 64

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

94 min | Action

6.8
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Hanzo Itami is an incorruptible Edo officer who learns that an infamous killer has fled from his island prison. Hanzo begins tracking him down using his unorthodox interrogation techniques.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiji Asaoka, Mari Atsumi, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 1,246

38. Momotarô-zamurai (1957)

87 min

6.8
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yôko Uraji, Seizaburô Kawazu, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 12

39. Mushuku mono (1964)

89 min | Action

6.7
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A wandering yakuza in search for the man responsible for slicing up his father and an amateur samurai searching for the whereabouts of his own father are thrown together on the outskirts of a mob infested seaside village.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Eiko Taki, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Jun Fujimaki

Votes: 33

40. Shaka (1961)

139 min | Drama

6.6
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Charito Solis, Shintarô Katsu, Machiko Kyô

Votes: 38

41. Return of Daimajin (1966)

79 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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Giant statue exacts revenge upon those who conquer its worshippers.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Shiho Fujimura, Tarô Marui, Takashi Kanda

Votes: 402

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

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.2
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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.

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

Votes: 255

43. Yuki no mosho (1967)

92 min

6.1
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Toyoto Fukuda, Tamao Nakamura, Chiaki Tsukioka

Votes: 8

44. Yotsuya kaidan (1959)

84 min | Horror

6.0
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Yasuko Nakada, Yôko Uraji, Mieko Kondô

Votes: 32

45. The Ghost-Cat Cursed Wall (1958)

88 min | Horror

5.8
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Chieko Murata, Mieko Kondô, Akio Kobori

Votes: 5

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

15 min | Short, Action, Adventure

5.4
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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 »

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

Votes: 30

47. Nishijin no shimai (1952)

Drama

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A family of silkweavers are hit hard by industrialization.

Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Yumiko Miyagino, Mitsuko Miura, Yûko Tsumura, Kinuyo Tanaka

48. Sen-hime goten (1960)

97 min

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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Fujiko Yamamoto, Kôjirô Hongô, Katsuhiko Kobayashi, Tamao Nakamura

49. Hissatsu shiokinin (1973– )

46 min | Action, Drama

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

50. Yoidore hakase (1966)

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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kyôko Enami, Chizuru Hayashi, Tetsuko Kobayashi