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Toshio Kamata (writer)
Ryo Hanmura (novel)
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Release Date:
January 1981 (USA) See more »
A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Lt. Yoshiaki Iba (as Sonny Chiba)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun Etô ... Nobuhiko Ken
Moeko Ezawa ... Widow Yui
Ryô Hayami ... Kazumichi Morishita
Noriko Honma ... Old Woman
Koji Iizuka ... Shokichi
Masashi Ishibashi ... Hosokawa Fujitaka
Toshitaka Itô ... Seaman Harumi Takashima
Haruki Kadokawa ... Sanada Masayuki
Takuzô Kadono ... Seaman Toshishige Suga
Hiroshi Kamayatsu ... Mokichi Nemoto
Gorô Kataoka ... Tategawa Katsuzo
Hiroshi Katsuno ... Track Coach
Tadashi Katô ... Sgt. Hideo Shimizu
Kenzô Kawarasaki ... Koji Kano
Shin Kishida ... Naoe Bungo
Asao Koike ... Koizumi Yukinaga
Shinkoma Kokontei ... Kenji Hori
Kentarô Kudô ... Ishiba Takehide
Isao Kuraishi ... Masao Maruoka
Masao Kusakari ... Masakichi
Shin'ichirô Mikami ... Goichi Shimada
Yoichi Miura ... Manabu Nonaka
Kôji Naka ... Taisuke Mimura
Hirohisa Nakata ... Kuroda Naoharu
Noboru Nakaya ... Yoshitaka Kujo
Mikio Narita ... Kosa

Isao Natsuyagi ... Nagao Kagetora
Akira Nishikino ... Koji Kikuchi
Nana Okada ... Kazuko Arai
Miyuki Ono ... Miwa
Maiko Otsuka ... Mai
Raita Ryû ... Haruhisa Kimura

Hiroyuki Sanada ... Takeda Katsuyori
Jinya Sato ... Osamu Seki
Gajirô Satô ... Foot Soldier
Akihiro Shimizu ... Satoshi Onishi
Hiromitsu Suzuki ... Go Nishizawa
Mizuho Suzuki ... Ashikaga Yoshiaki
Ken Takahashi ... Masayoshi Hirai
Hiroshi Tanaka ... Takeda Shingen
Kaori Taniguchi ... Shokichi & Mai's Mother
Kazunaga Tsuji ... Shoichiro Ono
Katsumasa Uchida ... Asaba Yorichika
Ryûdô Uzaki ... Ochimusha
Tsunehiko Watase ... Hayato Yano
Hiroko Yakushimaru ... Young Takeda Samurai
Hitoshi Ômae ... Kuribayashi Magoichi

Directed by
Kôsei Saitô 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryo Hanmura  novel
Toshio Kamata  writer

Produced by
Haruki Kadokawa .... executive producer
Takeshi Motomura .... producer
Original Music by
Kentaro Haneda 
Film Editing by
Shinya Inoue 
Art Direction by
Hiroshi Ueda 

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139 min | Norway:117 min | USA:85 min | Spain:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (video rating) | Finland:K-18 | Norway:18 | UK:15 | UK:15 (cut) | West Germany:18 (nf) (heavily cut)

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Tanks vs Samurai ( who wins ?), 5 November 2005
Author: kevin-dunlop from United Kingdom

I would firstly say that somehow I remember seeing this movie in my early childhood, I couldn't read the subtitles and I thought Sonny Chiba was Sean Connery. But I did really like the concept. If you are not able to at least partially suspend your adult scepticism and embrace your inner seven your old you may want to avoid this movie. That said, having just watched the restored 137 minute version on DVD I have to say I enjoyed it, though not as much as when I was seven ( I remembered the ending ).

There are aspects of the movie that are worthy of criticism , the first 15 minutes and final 15 minutes both have some really comic moments, my favourite being the contrast between scenes acted out in the final 10 minutes and the curious choice of backing music ( listen to the lyrics ).

For an action film there is a great deal of focus on the personal stories of certain soldiers and the social dynamics of the squad as the strain of their time travel takes its toll. By the ending of the movie I had decided that this was a good thing, when seven I though the 'relationship' guff was a bad thing.

For an action film there is also plenty of gratifying gory action, especially a couple of epic battle scenes between the platoon and hordes of Shogun era warriors. The makers of the movie have ensured that as many deaths as possible are bloody and, lets face it, humorous. I thought this was a splendid aspect of the movie when I was a kid, and I am not ashamed to say that I still do.

I also like the fact that the modern day soldiers in general don't spend the movie walking on egg shells trying to avoid altering the space time continuum, they've got heavy calibre machine guns, mortars, rocket launchers, a tank and a helicopter and they're hell bent on making feudal Japan theirs. Which is what I'd like to think any vigorous IMDb user would do in their boots.

In short the movies worth watching, it makes the viewer regret that there are not more movies made with a similar premise, and at the same time offers some hefty hints as to why a movie like G.I. Samurai is so unique.

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