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Legend of Eight Samurai (1983)

Satomi hakken-den (original title)
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?

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Kinji Fukasaku
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiroko Yakushimaru Hiroko Yakushimaru ... Princess Shizu
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Inue Shinbei Masashi
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Inuyama Dosetsu Tadatomo (as Sonny Chiba)
Etsuko Shihomi ... Inusaka Keno Tanetomo
Yûki Meguro ... Hikita Gonnokami Motofuji
Mari Natsuki Mari Natsuki ... Tamazusa
Nana Okada Nana Okada ... Hamaji
Masaki Kyômoto ... Inuzuka Shino Moritaka
Kenji Ohba Kenji Ohba ... Inukai Genpachi Nobufuchi
Nagare Hagiwara ... Yonosuke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tatsuo Endô Tatsuo Endô ... Hikiroku
Takuya Fukuhara Takuya Fukuhara ... Inukawa Sosuke Yoshito
Seizô Fukumoto
Akira Hamada Akira Hamada ... Akushiro
Shunsuke Kariya Shunsuke Kariya ... Inuta Kobungo Yasuyori
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Storyline

Eight mysterious crystals from the body of a long-dead princess now identify the eight samurai who are destined to help a beautiful young princess overcome a curse on her family. They go against an evil queen who bathes in blood to retain her youthfulness. The queen and her son live in a castle protected by many monsters and goblins and assorted apparitions, including giant flying snakes. Many swords, lots of sorcery and plenty of blood. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A princess and her band of eight samurai, battle against a powerful witch and her army of warrior ghosts.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 December 1983 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend of the Eight Samurai See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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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Referenced in Ninja Scroll (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Hakken-shi no Têma (White Light)
Written by Joey Carbone, Richie Zito, David Palmer
Performed by John O'Banion
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Should be one of the legends of campy Japanese Film
31 May 2004 | by seishinoSee all my reviews

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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