Jidaigeki/Chanbara Cinema

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1.
Lady Snowblood (1973)
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge. (97 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
2.
The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
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Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers... (130 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ Shogun's Samurai ” - GaryPattison
 
3.
Sword of the Beast (1965)
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Gennosuke, a clan retainer, kills one of the clan ministers as part of a plot to achieve reform. He is pursued by his former comrades... (85 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
“ Sword of the Beast ” - GaryPattison
 
4.
Samurai Wolf (1966)
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A charismatic ronin get snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs. (75 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
“ Samurai Wolf ” - GaryPattison
 
5.
Samurai Wolf II (1967)
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The second and final installment in Gosha's Samurai Wolf carries on many on the hallmarks as the original:... (72 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
“ Samurai Wolf 2 ” - GaryPattison
 
6.
Goyokin (1969)
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A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. (124 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
7.
Sword of Desperation (2010)
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A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman... (114 mins.)
“ Sword of Desperation ” - GaryPattison
 
8.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. (93 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
9.
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
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Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel. (104 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
10.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
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Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time. (105 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
11.
Machibuse (1970)
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In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the... (117 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
12.
Heaven and Earth (1990)
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In 16th century Japan, two samurai engage in massive battles across the countryside; one attempting to conquer and the other attempting to defend his land while repressing his love for a woman after taking a vow of celibacy. (125 mins.)
Director: Haruki Kadokawa
“ Heaven and Earth ” - GaryPattison
 
13.
“ Ooku ” - GaryPattison
 
14.
Zatoichi (2003)
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The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda. (116 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
15.
Hana (2006)
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A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father. (127 mins.)
 
16.
Jûsan-nin no shikaku (1963)
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A group of samurai plan to assassinate a sadistic feudal lord. (125 mins.)
Director: Eiichi Kudô
“ Thirteen Assassins ” - GaryPattison
 
17.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
18.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
19.
Yojimbo (1961)
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
20.
The Samurai I Loved (2005)
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A young swordsman is forced into a tough situation. He must resolve a potential power struggle that involves his adolescent crush Fuku. (131 mins.)
 
21.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
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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. (83 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
22.
Samurai Assassin (1965)
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February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii... (122 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
“ Samurai Assassin ” - GaryPattison
 
23.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. (119 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
24.
Taboo (1999)
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The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad. (100 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ Taboo ” - GaryPattison
 
25.
Kamui (2009)
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The adventurous story of a fugitive ninja. (120 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Sai
 
26.
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
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After more than four hundred years of war between the Shinobi warriors of the Manjidani Koga and Tsubagakure Iga clans... (107 mins.)
Director: Ten Shimoyama
 
27.
Assassination (1964)
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Acclaimed Chambara, Japanese Nouvelle Vague. In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becames a important figure in a complex game of power between the xogunat and the imperium. (104 mins.)
“ Assassination ” - GaryPattison
 
28.
Saigo no Chûshingura (2010)
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An army of loyal samurai plot to revenge their unjustly executed lord. (133 mins.)
“ The Last Ronin ” - GaryPattison
 
29.
13 Assassins (2010)
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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
30.
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
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Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the... (143 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
31.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade (1963)
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Nemuri Kyoshiro, a youthful and cynical ronin with unparalleled skill, is approached by both sides in a game of corruption... (82 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
“ Sleepy Eyes of Death (1): The Chinese Jade ” - GaryPattison
 
32.
The Betrayal (1966)
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A naively honorable samurai comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers and a very vulnerable oddity in consequence. (87 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
“ The Betrayal ” - GaryPattison
 
33.
Zen and Sword (1961)
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Director: Tomu Uchida
“ Miyamoto Musashi I: Zen and Sword ” - GaryPattison
 
34.
“ Miyamoto Musashi II: Duel at Hannya Hill ” - GaryPattison
 
35.
Two-Sword Fencing Is Born (1963)
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(104 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
“ Miyamoto Musashi III: Birth of the Nitoryu Style ” - GaryPattison
 
36.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
37.
The Hidden Blade (2004)
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During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends... (132 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
38.
Love and Honor (2006)
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A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor. (121 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
39.
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
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The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. (128 mins.)
 
40.
Harakiri (1962)
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
 
41.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
42.
Chiyari Fuji (1955)
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A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice. (94 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
43.
Hitokiri (1969)
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A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer. (140 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
44.
Kill! (1968)
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal. (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
45.
Ran (1985)
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Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other...and him... (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
46.
Sanjuro (1962)
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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. (96 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
47.
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
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Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate... (95 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
48.
Red Lion (1969)
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Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his... (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
49.
Hero of the Red Light District (1960)
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(109 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
50.
Samurai Banners (1969)
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Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea... (165 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
51.
Samurai Spy (1965)
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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century. (102 mins.)
 
52.
47 Samurai (1962)
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After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor. (207 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
53.
The 47 Ronin (1941)
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace... (241 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
54.
Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
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Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart? (94 mins.)
 
55.
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
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Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side? (79 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
56.
After the Rain (1999)
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During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Koizumi
 
57.
Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)
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Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan. (89 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
58.
Ken ki (1965)
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Hanpei is an orphan mistreated by other vassals of the manor. He loves flowers and is named the castle gardener... (83 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
59.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
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An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord. (128 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
60.
Bôhachi bushidô: Poruno jidaigeki (1973)
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A nihilistic ronin joins the immoral Bohachi clan, which intends to take control over the local prostitution industry. (81 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
61.
Bohachi bushidô: Sa burai (1974)
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A ronin desperado who turns into a criminal is condemned to death sentence. However, he is saved by... (83 mins.)
Director: Takashi Harada
 
62.
Snake Woman's Curse (1968)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
 
63.
Blind Woman's Curse (1970)
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The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman. (85 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
64.
Sex and Fury (1973)
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During the Meiji era, a gambler called Ocho takes revenge on three gangsters who killed her father, shelters a wanted anarchist and confronts a British spy. (88 mins.)
Director: Noribumi Suzuki
 
65.
Irezumi (1966)
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A seductive woman gets kidnapped into prostitution. After getting a spider tattoo made on her back, she grows vengeful, leaving several men in her path. (86 mins.)
 
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Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)
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Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga... (104 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
 
68.
Shinobi No Mono 2: Vengeance (1963)
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Confident that he has destroyed the Iga Ninja, the evil Oda Nobunaga continues his quest to conquer Japan... (93 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
“ Shinobi no Mono 2: Vengeance ” - GaryPattison
 
69.
Sword of Desperation (2010)
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A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman... (114 mins.)
 
70.
Inochi bô ni furô (1971)
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The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited... (121 mins.)
 
71.
Jigokuhen (1969)
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A rebellious Korean artist tests the limits of his sadistic patron, an omnipotent feudal Japanese lord... (95 mins.)
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
72.
Chui lian ting zheng (1983)
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(102 mins.)
Director: Han Hsiang Li
 
73.
Oppai Chanbara: Striptease Samurai Squad (2008)
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After the death of his mother, 20-year-old Lily lives with her grandmother and is going to be the successor to the deadly martial art Sayama Hasin-ryu... (66 mins.)
Director: Akira Hirose
 
74.
Sakurada Gate Incident (2010)
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The Sakurada Gate Incident recounts the story of Mito Domain Samurai coming off house arrest named Seki Tetsunosuke (played by Osawa Takao)... (137 mins.)
Director: Jun'ya Satô
 
75.
At River's Edge (2011)
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(104 mins.)
 
76.
Samurai Saga (1959)
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Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady... (111 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
“ Life of an Expert Swordsman
aka Samurai Saga ” - GaryPattison
 
77.
Samurai Fiction (1998)
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A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge. (111 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Nakano
 
78.
Sengoku yarô (1963)
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(98 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
“ Warring Clans ” - GaryPattison
 
79.
Chiyari Fuji (1955)
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A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice. (94 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
“ Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji ” - GaryPattison
 
80.
Rônin-gai (1990)
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A group of masterless samurai living in Edo's red light district must fend off a militia bent on wiping out local prostitutes. (117 mins.)
 
81.
Hana to dotô (1964)
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(92 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
82.
Mushukunin Mikogami no Jôkichi: Kiba wa hikisaita (1972)
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Can a sinful man change and find peace? It's unlikely in gang-plagued Japan. Jokichi of Mikogami, a drifter (and hired sword)... (88 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
83.
Mushukunin mikogami no jôkichi: Kawakaze ni kako wa nagareta (1972)
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Thirsting for revenge, Jokichi rashly attempts to assassinate the evil Chogoro but ends up being captured by Yakuza... (80 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
84.
Slaughter in the Snow (1973)
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In feudal Japan, women are vulnerable, in need of protection, and capable of deception. Jokichi of Mikogami... (83 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
85.
Shôwa zankyô-den (1965)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Kiyoshi Saeki
 
86.
Gonza the Spearman (1986)
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The tragic story of Gonza, a handsome ladies man, set in the Tokagawa Period, a time in which appearences are very important... (126 mins.)
 
87.
The Abe Clan (1995 TV Movie)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
88.
Zatoichi: The Last (2010)
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A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.
Director: Junji Sakamoto
 
89.
Warau Iemon (2004)
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Having put down his sword and given up the will to fight, the masterless samurai Iemon lives in solitude... (128 mins.)
Director: Yukio Ninagawa
“ Eternal Love ” - GaryPattison
 
90.
“ Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at Ichijyo Temple ” - GaryPattison
 
91.
Sengoku jieitai (1979)
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A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era... (139 mins.)
Director: Kôsei Saitô
 
92.
The Gambling Samurai (1960)
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Chuji Kunisada returns to his home village to find that Jubei Matsui, the corrupt magistrate, has been... (101 mins.)