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Kinji Fukasaku (writer)
Toshio Kamata (writer)
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Release Date:
10 December 1983 (Japan) See more »
A princess and her band of eight samurai, battle against a powerful witch and her army of warrior ghosts.
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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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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Also Known As:
"Satomi hakken-den" - Japan (original title)
"Legend of the Eight Samurai" - USA (dubbed version)
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Brazil:133 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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No, Shinbei... I am your mother., 21 April 2012
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Although based on a classic Japanese novel, Legend of Eight Samurai owes an awful lot to the work of George Lucas, with plenty of moments inspired by (ie., borrowed from) Hollywood blockbusters Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, with even the occasional nod to Raiders of the Lost Ark; but hey, that's OK, because George owes a lot of his success to Japanese cinema. What goes around comes around, as they say.

An epic fantasy tale of good versus evil, complete with gorgeous princess, handsome heroes, and a wicked villain in a heavily guarded fortress, this is unashamed popcorn action aimed at an international market. A great cast (including Japanese action legend Sonny Chiba, international star Hiroyuki Sanada, and the extremely cute Hiroko Yakushimaru), spectacular stunts from Chiba's Japan Action Club, flashy special effects, and brisk direction from Kinji Fukusaku ensure that the film is consistently fun throughout, despite the somewhat random nature of the plot and a running time that clocks in at well over two hours. Fukusaku also manages to lend the whole thing a touch of class with his stylish visuals, giving those of an artistic bent something to appreciate amidst the film's many crowd-pleasing battles.

NB. For what sounds like ideal family fare, there is a touch of surprisingly gruesome imagery and some brief nudity which may deter those looking for something non-offensive to entertain the kiddies. For me, though, a witch tearing her face off, the occasional decapitation, and the sight of a naked woman bathing in blood only added to my overall enjoyment.

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