The Samurai Encyclopedia

001-011: Hideo Gosha (1929-1992)
012-015: Masaki Kobayashi (1916-1996)
016-024: Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998)
025-033: Kihachi Okamoto (1923-2005)
034-039: Masahiro Shinoda (1931- )
040-056: Kyoshiro Nemuri Series (Begun 1956)
057-083: Zato Ichi Series (With Shintaro Katsu 1962-1989)
084-087: The Crimson Bat Series (1969-1970)
088-095: Band Of Assassins Series (1962-1966)
096-159: (Pre-1950s)
160-208: (1950-1957)
209-240: (1958)
241-287: (1959)
288-320: (1960)
321-381: (1961-1962)
382-404: (1963-1964)
405-418: (1965-1966)
419-422: (1967)
423-435: (1968)
436-451: (1969)
452-458: (1970)
459-483: (1971-1979)
484-500: (1980s)
501-516: (1990s)
517-000: (2000-present)
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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
Samurai Wolf II (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
Hunter in the Dark (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard... (137 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
10.
Tange Sazen: Hyakuman ryo no tsubo (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Nearly a shot-by-shot remake of the 1935 film of the same title by director Sadao Yamanaka. (117 mins.)
Director: Toshio Tsuda
 
11.
Death Shadow (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 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
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol. (59 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
 
25.
Sengoku yarô (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A lone masterless warrior with some new friends helps ship 300 rifles to a Japanese warlord during the sengoku period. (98 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
26.
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
 
27.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. (119 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
28.
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 in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal. (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
29.
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
 
30.
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
31.
Jazz Daimyo (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(85 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
32.
East Meets West (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(Japanese with English subtitles) A disgraced warrior planning the murder of a Japanese diplomat, and... (124 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
33.
Vengeance for Sale (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
34.
Assassination (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
 
35.
Samurai Spy (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century. (100 mins.)
 
36.
Double Suicide (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan. (142 mins.)
 
38.
Gonza the Spearman (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The tragic story of Gonza, a handsome ladies man, set in the Tokagawa Period, a time in which appearences are very important... (126 mins.)
 
39.
Owls' Castle (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
As the great military commander Nobunaga Oda was consolidating his power across Japan, one of his actions was to wipe out a clan of assassins... (138 mins.)
 
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43.
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
 
45.
Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsugiri (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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.)
 
46.
Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(87 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
48.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Satan (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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.)
 
49.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Mask of the Princess (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Princess Kiku, Shogun's daughter, wants revenge on Nemuri Kyoshiro for embarrassing her. (85 mins.)
Director: Akira Inoue
 
52.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Hell Is a Woman (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two devious retainers are competing to take control of a fief when the current Lord dies, but involving... (85 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
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56.
Fylfot Swordplay (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
57.
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
58.
Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers. (72 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
59.
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
60.
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
61.
Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl. (85 mins.)
 
62.
Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain. (83 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
63.
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After being wounded in a fight, Zatoichi is nursed to health by a young woman and her father. Now indebted to the family, he works to protect their ferry business from local thugs. (82 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
64.
Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
65.
Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The blind swordsman tries to locate a girl's missing father. (86 mins.)
 
66.
Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
67.
Zatoichi sakate giri (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, searches for proof an imprisoned man's innocence. (88 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
68.
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
69.
Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Promising to make a delivery for a dying man, the blind swordsman Zatoichi comes across the usual crime gangs but also meets a blind monk who brings into question his use of violence. (83 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
70.
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Zatoichi's trek through 88 temples to atone for his violent past is interrupted as he stumbles into a village terrorized by a violent yakuza boss. (82 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
71.
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.)
 
72.
Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a town where debt-ridden peasants are being ruthlessly exploited, Zatoichi is forced to take sides between a cruel yakuza boss and his seemingly altruistic rival. (96 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
 
73.
Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
74.
Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official. (82 mins.)
 
75.
Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (84 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
76.
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
77.
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Zatoichi meets an infamous blind leader of a gangster organization as he contends with a gloomy ronin widower. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
78.
Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
 
79.
Zatoichi at Large (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and delivers the child moments before she passes. Honor bound, he sets out to find the next-of-kin who he discovers have their own problems. (90 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
80.
Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After accidentally causing an old lady's death, Zatoichi seeks out her daughter to atone for the tragedy, consequently getting into all sorts of trouble. (95 mins.)
Director: Shintarô Katsu
 
81.
Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds. (88 mins.)
 
82.
Zatôichi (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Nearing the village of his sensei, Zatoichi decides to pay the teacher a visit, only to learn that he... (116 mins.)
Director: Shintarô Katsu
 
83.
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
 
84.
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
 
85.
Trapped, the Crimson Bat (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(87 mins.)
Director: Teiji Matsuda
 
86.
Watch Out, Crimson Bat! (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(87 mins.)
 
88.
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
 
89.
Shinobi No Mono 2: Vengeance (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Confident that he has destroyed the Iga Ninja, the evil Oda Nobunaga continues his quest to conquer Japan... (93 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
 
90.
Shinobi No Mono 3: Resurrection (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(86 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
91.
Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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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93.
Shinobi no mono: Iga-yashiki (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(89 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
95.
Shinsho: shinobi no mono (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
96.
Abe ichizoku (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Jidai-geki surprisingly critical of bushido codes and practice of seppuku (aka hara-kiri). Yaichiemon Abe... (105 mins.)
 
97.
Gyakuryû (1924 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The story of a nihilistic samurai whose mother is killed, whose sister is used and deceived, and who loses the only love of his life. (28 mins.)
 
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100.
An Unforgettable Grudge (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Set in the Edo period, the film deals with two brothers falling in love with the same girl. The younger...
Director: Daisuke Itô