The Samurai Film

Adopted from the book The Samurai Film by Alain Silver [2006 Expanded & Revised edition]
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1.
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
 
3.
Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsugiri (1964)
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Kyoshiro demonstrates his skill by slicing the clothes from the body of a female opponent, and gets involved in a plot that could spell his doom! (86 mins.)
 
4.
Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
6.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Hell Is a Woman (1968)
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Two devious retainers are competing to take control of a fief when the current Lord dies, but involving... (85 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
8.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Satan (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Tsurumatsu, a young boy, is supposed to be a new Lord but he's not really interested, he would rather be a carpenter. So he gets kidnapped and it's up to Nemuri Kyoshiro to save him. (75 mins.)
 
9.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Mask of the Princess (1966)
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Princess Kiku, Shogun's daughter, wants revenge on Nemuri Kyoshiro for embarrassing her. (85 mins.)
Director: Akira Inoue
 
13.
Abe ichizoku (1938)
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(109 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
Red Shadow: Akakage (2001)
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Aka Kage, Aoi Kage and Asuka are trio of ninjas sent to perform dangerous secret missions for their master... (108 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Nakano
 
16.
Red Lion (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his... (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
17.
Red Beard (1965)
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In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern. (185 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
18.
Bakumatsu (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of Ryoma Sakamoto, considered to be the architect behind the downfall of the Tokugawa shogunate... (120 mins.)
Director: Daisuke Itô
 
19.
Machibuse (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
20.
Assassination (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
 
21.
The Assassin (1996)
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(82 mins.)
 
22.
Azumi (2003)
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Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart. (128 mins.)
 
23.
Bakumatsu jyunjyoden (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate, there was a cute warrior, Souji Okita, who belonged to the armed police of the shogunate in Kyoto... (105 mins.)
 
24.
Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga... (104 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
 
25.
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
 
26.
Shinobi No Mono 3: Resurrection (1963)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
27.
Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege (1964)
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Tokugawa Ieyasu is the ruler of all Japan. But one last loose thread must be tied up before his domination is complete... (87 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
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29.
Shinobi no mono: Iga-yashiki (1965)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
31.
Shinsho: shinobi no mono (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
32.
Kumokiri Nizaemon (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan. (163 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
33.
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country... (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
34.
Shu jian en chou lu (1987)
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The story is based on the popular novel developed from folk legend. It goes that the Manchurian emperor... (180 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
36.
Love and Honor (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
37.
Bushido (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
38.
The Bushido Blade (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom Kotani
 
39.
Chûshingura (1932)
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(139 mins.)
 
40.
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
 
41.
Crimson Bat, the Blind Swordswoman (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young blind girl is abandoned by her mother. When her guardian is killed, she learns to wield a sword from a traveling "Ronin". She travels to seek her mother and her revenge. (88 mins.)
Director: Teiji Matsuda
 
43.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
44.
Sword in the Moonlight (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Tsukue Ryunosuke is a master swordsman with an evil style, reflecting the evil in his heart. (106 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
45.
Satan's Sword (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story follows the life of Ryunosuke Tsukue, an amoral samurai and a master swordsman with an unorthodox style. (106 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
46.
Daimajin (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord. (84 mins.)
 
47.
Wrath of Daimajin (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In a mountainous region of Japan, Lord Arakawa kidnaps the men of nearby villages to use as slave labor, producing gunpowder from his sulfur pits. A band of young boys decide to rescue their enslaved fathers on their own. (79 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
48.
Death Shadow (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After their executions are faked by the authorities, three criminals are forced to become assassins under the Shogun's command (115 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
49.
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley. (140 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
50.
Double Suicide (1969)
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A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan. (142 mins.)
 
51.
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
 
52.
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
 
53.
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
 
54.
Goyokin (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. (124 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
55.
Harakiri (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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.)
 
56.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
57.
Hitokiri (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
58.
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.)
 
59.
Inochi bô ni furô (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited... (121 mins.)
 
60.
Gate of Hell (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (86 mins.)
 
61.
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
 
62.
Journey of Honor (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
In the 17th century Japan is divided between two forces. The eastern army lead by the Warlord Tokugawa... (107 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
 
63.
Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sugata, a young man, struggles to learn the nuance and meaning of judo, and in doing so comes to learn something of the meaning of life. (79 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
64.
Kagemusha (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
65.
Kwaidan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
 
67.
Kill! (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
69.
Sasaki Kojiro (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(152 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
70.
Throne of Blood (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
71.
Korogo (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Georges Keita
 
72.
Lady Snowblood (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge. (97 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
73.
The Last Samurai (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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? (159 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
74.
The Last Samurai (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
75.
The Mikado (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone... (150 mins.)
Director: Norman Campbell
 
76.
Daibosatsu tôge - Dai ni bu (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(105 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
77.
Daibosatsu tôge - Kanketsu-hen (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(106 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
78.
The Time of Reckoning (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
80.
Okuni to Gohei (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
81.
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
 
82.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
83.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
84.
Rônin-gai (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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.)
 
85.
Teppô denraiki (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(109 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
86.
Samurai Assassin (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
87.
Samurai from Nowhere (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of a ronin, a samurai without a feudal lord, trying to achieve safety in a neighbouring domain. (93 mins.)
 
88.
Sword of the Beast (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
89.
Samurai Wolf (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A charismatic ronin gets snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs. (75 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
90.
Samurai Wolf II (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
91.
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
92.
Sanjuro (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
93.
Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sugata, a young man, struggles to learn the nuance and meaning of judo, and in doing so comes to learn something of the meaning of life. (79 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
94.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In Medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
95.
The Secret of the Urn (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Loyal samurai Samanosuke is attacked, mutilated, and left for dead while carrying out a mission for his clan... (91 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
96.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
97.
Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword. (93 mins.)
 
98.
Kagemusha (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
99.
Taira Clan Saga (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan... (108 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
100.
Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga... (104 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto