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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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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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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 December 1983 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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