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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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Hilarious rip off
8 September 2004 | by reemakabuSee all my reviews

Legend of Eight Samurai...aka...Japanese Ripoff of American Blockbusters of late 70s and early 80s.

The majority of the plot stitched together by the patchwork of the first three Star Wars films.

So bitterly ironic since Lucas has credited the Japanese classic The Hidden Fortress by the late, great Akira Kurosawa as a heavy influence for his first Star Wars film.

Open as an evil empire converges at their fortress to solidify their evilness with the heads of the entire royal family. All save for one! A Princess?! They need to find the princess to complete their task!

And of course, that feisty princess is on her way to meet up with her uncle.

But runs into a feisty, bratty pretty-boy who wants to be a fighter like the others. As well as her older protector who will unite a band of special warriors to defeat the Empire... Sound familiar?

This flick is chock-ful-o-Lucas-clichés:

Darth Vader...err... I mean, the evil queen proclaiming the pretty-boy is her son. NOOOO! I'll never join you!

The group fighting a serpentine creature in the trash compacto...err... I mean, bowels of the Death Sta...err... I mean, Castle.

Obi Wan...err... I mean, Sonny Chiba's character constantly being the sage leading the feisty princess... all the while knowing his time is finite.

There's even rip-offs of the other great Lucas franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark:

The re-creation of the famous boulder opening. Snakes, why does it always have to be snakes. And the over-abundance of pistols... even though everything else in the film dates it to a time long before pistols were even invented. Speaking of which, you gotta dig the times when they failed to eliminate modern elements from the shots. Like telephone poles.

Still, campy fun. Thought truly painful at times. Like the love scene with the cheesy early 80s rock ballad score. They keep cutting back and forth between some painful, badly framed love-making shot and one of the eight samurai statues. So you keep counting off each Samurai statue shot, urging the editor to cut to another statue fast in order to end the painful scene.

And as far as that other review I read that claimed video games ripped THIS movie off?! That is giving this little seen flick far too much credit.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 December 1983 (Japan) See more »

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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