Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and ... See full summary »
This is the story of "The Forty-Seven Ronin." Based on historical events in 1701 -- 1702, the movie tells the tale of the Asano clan's downfall and the revenge of its former samurai on the ... See full synopsis »
In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played by a comic actor in drag) rather than... See full summary »
A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era, when rival samurai clans were battling to become the ... See full summary »
Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to ... See full summary »
An action movie that illustrates the struggle of Morihei Ueshiba who was born in a farming family in Wakayama on his way of pursuing the heart of martial arts until he finally created his own well-polished Aikido.
Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as "Mr Soh", who is based on the true life founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So. Mr Soh has been acting as a secret agent in Manchuria during the... See full summary »
Aired in 1978-79, "The Yagyu Conspiracy" remains one of the greatest ever Japanese samurai TV shows featuring Sonny Chiba and a virtual who's who of the great and good of 1970's samurai cinema. Chiba stars as Yagyu Jubei who must battle against the conspiracies between the court nobles and daimyo seeking to bring down the Shogun. To aid him in his fight he has the Negoro ninja group, his father Tajima, brother Samon and sister Akane as well as his own ninja group - the Ura Yagyu, but he is up against some strong enemies in the form of villainous court noble Karasumaru Shosho and sinister swordsman Ogasawara Genshinsai, Yagyu Tajima's nemesis. An all-action samurai/ninja adventure thriller that is highly recommended, this remains one of Chiba's defining roles.
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