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Director:
Writers:
Kinji Fukasaku (writer)
Toshio Kamata (writer)
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Release Date:
10 December 1983 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
A princess and her band of eight samurai, battle against a powerful witch and her army of warrior ghosts.
Plot:
Princess Shizu's family is wiped out by an family of undead seeking revenge. The eight samurai can save her, but who and where are they? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 nominations See more »
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Something old, something new...and a lot of blue. See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Kinji Fukasaku 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kinji Fukasaku  writer
Toshio Kamata  writer

Produced by
Hiroshi Sugawara .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joey Carbone 
Masahide Sakuma 
Richie Zito 
 
Cinematography by
Seizô Sengen 
 
Production Design by
Tsutomu Imamura 
 
Art Direction by
Tsutomu Imamura  (as Chikara Imamura)
 
Visual Effects by
Tetuzo Osawa .... visual effects designer: Marbling Fine Arts
 
Other crew
Hiroo Minami .... horse team
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Satomi hakken-den" - Japan (original title)
"Legend of the Eight Samurai" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
Brazil:133 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Shinbei goes "evil" and attacks the princess and her friends when he jumps off the back of the horse you can see the black wire that's attach to his back that's keeping him off the ground. Futhurmore if you check out the top corner of the screen you can see the winch that the other end of the wire is connected to swinging around.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Hakken-shi no Têma (White Light)See more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Something old, something new...and a lot of blue., 8 September 2003
Author: Andy Troy (groovycow@hotmail.com) from Hempstead, NY

LEGEND OF THE EIGHT SAMURAI, on its most base level, is every kid's dream movie: it has eight (count 'em!) mystical warriors, immortality, monsters and evil deities, sacrifices and heroic deeds, and a pointless breast or two. Unfortunately, the elements of the film fail to tie together into a good, coherent film.

The movie deals with a princess destined to destroy some evil undead guys (unfortunately, they're not zombies, which are always B-movie gold). Told through a confusing Chinese manuscript back story, she is apparently the reincarnation of a martyred girl from generations ago. Over the course of 133 long minutes, she is joined by the titled eight warriors (although I think only two of them even come close to being samurai...), including Sonny Chiba as the typical fighter-dude, a huge cave-dweller and his son, a female ninja assassin, and an evil general who sees the light side...or something.

As earlier mentioned, this movie is one of those martial-arts epics that attempts to cram everything that should be cool into one two-hour feature. This story might work exceedingly well as a video game (Final Fantasy, anyone?) but just as FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN failed to convey a sense of a coherent world, LEGEND OF THE EIGHT SAMURAI also tends to focus more on (poorly conceived) set pieces and monsters than atmosphere and action. There are a few good moments to be found in the ending storm of the bad-guy fortress, but the sacrifices made and the triumph attained mean nothing to the viewer due to the huge amount of material thrown in their face. My rating: 6/10

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