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Writers:
Kinji Fukasaku (writer)
Toshio Kamata (writer)
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Release Date:
10 December 1983 (Japan) See more »
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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Should be one of the legends of campy Japanese Film See more (16 total) »

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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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Brazil:133 min
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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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Should be one of the legends of campy Japanese Film, 31 May 2004
Author: seishino from Boston, MA

Satomi Hakkenden will be understood the moment the viewer realizes that the soulful, classically Japanese score is being played on a cheap Casio synthesizer, and that somehow that is good. Being one of the country's very traditional legends (stolen from China), the writers drew from literary sources to make their movie, and it shows. The movie has heaping doses of melodrama, decapitations, and dead children. It also has characters dressed like a costume shop exploded, giant flying snakes hanging by ropes, a truly terrible 70's power ballad love song, and a plot so stereotypically Japanese it can be considered prototypical.

None of that is to say that the movie is bad. All of those things add to the ambiance of the movie. It also contains incredible special effects for 1983, some of the moments are surprisingly poignant, and the fight scenes are great. The plot may be telegraphed from a mile away, but it is still entertaining to watch it all unfold. If you are at all a fan of Japanese culture, you have seen this movie before, in one way or another. Yet if this sounds at all appealing to you, you owe it to yourself to see the original. Satomi Hakkenden deserves a larger spot in great camp history.

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