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Legend of the 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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Hiroko Yakushimaru Hiroko Yakushimaru ... Princess Shizu
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Inue Shinbei Masashi
Etsuko Shihomi ... Inusaka Keno Tanetomo
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Inumura Daikaku Masanori
Masaki Kyômoto ... Inuzuka Shino Moritaka
Shunsuke Kariya Shunsuke Kariya ... Inuta Kobungo Yasuyori
Takuya Fukuhara Takuya Fukuhara ... Inukawa Sosuke Yoshito
Kenji Ohba ... Inukai Genpachi Nobufuchi
Keiko Matsuzaka Keiko Matsuzaka ... Princess Fuse (voice)
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji ... Genjin
Mamako Yoneyama Mamako Yoneyama ... Funamushi
Nagare Hagiwara ... Yonosuke
Akira Hamada Akira Hamada ... Akushiro
Tatsuo Endô ... Hikiroku
Taiji Tonoyama ... Hikojii
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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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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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Satomi Hakken-den
Written by Joey Carbone, Kathi Pinto, David Palmer
Performed by John O'Banion
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Something old, something new...and a lot of blue.
8 September 2003 | by groovycowSee all my reviews

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 December 1983 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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