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Toshio Kamata (writer)
Ryo Hanmura (novel)
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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:MA15+ | 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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
What time is it? It's Chiba time!, 26 April 2012
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

"Who is Sonny Chiba? He is... he is bar none, the greatest actor working in martial arts movies today". So explains Clarence Worley in True Romance, a man who clearly knows his shizzle when it comes to Asian action stars. G.I. Samurai is the third flick I've seen from the dirt-cheap, 4-film Chiba box-set I bought from ebay, and it's the third winner in a row, a hugely entertaining sci-fi tinged action/adventure that ploughs through its 139 minutes like a 50-calibre machine gun through an army of warring-era Japanese soldiers.

Chiba plays Lt. Yoshiaki Iba, leader of a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force squadron that 'slips' through time, arriving in feudal Japan, where they join forces with a power hungry samurai planning to become the country's next ruler. The script doesn't concern itself with the whys and wherefores of the squadron's predicament, quickly glossing over the time travel nonsense in order to concentrate on the job at hand: pitting the modern-day soldiers, with their powerful weaponry, against hordes of warriors armed with swords, arrows, spears and throwing stars (oh yes, there will be ninjas!).

A couple of quieter moments do allow for that other all important staple of exploitative Japanese cinema—gratuitous female nudity—as several of Iba's men go AWOL for a rape and pillage spree, while a few others pay a visit to an obliging local widower; for the most part, however, it's loud, relentless, and bloody stuff, with Chiba proving Clarence to be right on the money with his assessment of the star: whether suspended from a helicopter firing a machine gun, riding a horse while firing a bow and arrow, or taking on a warlord with a broken sword, Sonny kicks serious ass.

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