Strictly samurai

A list of must see samurai flicks
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1.
Goyokin (1969)
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A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. (124 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
4.
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
“ First in a trilogy. See all 3 to get the full story(see further down the list). Several versions about Musashi, but Toshiro is always worth watching! ” - Lefars
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Samurai Wolf II (1967)
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Kiba is caught in the intrigue between a crooked goldmine owner, a cynical, betrayed swordsman, a manipulative lady and an arrogant dojo master. (72 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
8.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
9.
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
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When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them. (95 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
10.
Kill! (1968)
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal. (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
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.
Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
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Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl. (85 mins.)
“ Ichi is somehow more badass in this 5.th movie: I like! ” - Lefars
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (1935)
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A man gets rid of a cheap pot without knowing it contains a map to a treasure. As word spreads, many join in hunting it. (92 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
16.
Zen and Sword (1961)
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The film begins when the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is still named Shinmen Takezo. After being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo and his friend manage to escape and come across a young woman and her mother. (110 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
“ The first in a serie of 4 (or 4 and a half). ” - Lefars
 
17.
The Ninja Hunt (1964)
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(87 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)
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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. (94 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
21.
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)
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During the currency devaluation by the Edo treasury, officer Hanzo deals with a temple priestess who sells her pupils as prostitutes, and a notorious thief who plans to rob the mint. (89 mins.)
 
22.
Bôhachi bushidô: Poruno jidaigeki (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A nihilistic ronin joins the immoral Bohachi clan, which intends to take control over the local prostitution industry. (81 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
Samurai Spy (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century. (102 mins.)
 
26.
The Hidden Blade (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends... (132 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
27.
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
 
28.
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
 
29.
Yagyû bugeichô (1957)
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In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which... (106 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
30.
Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which... (105 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
31.
Assassination (1964)
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In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire. (104 mins.)
 
32.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
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Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
33.
Sword of the Beast (1965)
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After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains. (85 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
34.
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
 
35.
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
 
36.
Bushido (1963)
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After a salary-man's fiancée attempts suicide, he remembers his gruesome family history, which sees his ancestors sacrificing themselves for the sake of their cruel lords, and realizes that he's about to repeat their mistakes. (122 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
37.
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
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Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home. (91 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
38.
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
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A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life. (86 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
39.
Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)
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The blind swordsman tries to locate a girl's missing father. (86 mins.)
 
40.
Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)
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After Zatoichi learns of his sensei's murder he uncovers a horrible conspiracy involving the local government and crime family. (84 mins.)
Director: Akira Inoue
 
41.
13 Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
42.
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
43.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
44.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
45.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Ogami is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin. Gunbei Yagyu, an enemy samurai, happens upon Ogami's son, and sees his chance for revenge. (81 mins.)
Director: Buichi Saitô
 
46.
Mute Samurai (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A master swordsman, Kiichi Hogan, wanders Japan in search of the Spanish swordsman who murdered his parents and slashed his throat 18 years before...
Director: Shintarô Katsu
 
47.
Akô-jô danzetsu (1978)
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(159 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
48.
Eleven Samurai (1967)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Eiichi Kudô
 
50.
After the Flowers (2010)
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(107 mins.)
Director: Kenji Nakanishi
 
51.
Two-Sword Fencing Is Born (1963)
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(104 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
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54.
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
 
55.
Zatoichi (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
56.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
57.
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
 
58.
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
 
59.
Ken ki (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
60.
Kiru (1962)
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A samurai seeks revenge and redemption after his family is executed by a rival clan. (71 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi