Total Nerd 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3  

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Yet another 50 Classic Chambara films. In this version I included several Yakuza Swordplay films and Ninja films along with the more traditional Samurai Chambara from the 50's and 60's. Also included are some films that fall more under Samurai Exploitation films. Namely some early 70's films from Toho and Toei studios fall under this catagory. However I fully recommend all of these films no matter what sub genre they happen to fall under. I love them all and hope you will as well.

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The Wanderers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Wanderers Follows the fluctuating fortunes of three friends in feudal Japan who are ronin: masterless warriors, who wander from castle to castle, selling their services to whichever lord will fill their rice bowls. These are not the ...

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The Third Contest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Third Contest When Mondonosuke, a young sword student has a bad dream about his sensei being killed in a duel, he decides to return to Edo to see if he needs help. In the 3 years since he left, he has mastered the secret sword style ...

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Seventeen Ninja is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Seventeen Ninja A dangerous pact has been signed by Tadanaga, the son of Shogun Hidetada, to prevent his brother Iemitsu from becoming the third Shogun. In a time where highly skilled ninja organizations carry out secret missions, Iga Jigoza's ...

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Bohachi: Code of the Forgotten... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Bohachi: Code of the Forgotten 8 In P***O PERIOD DRAMA, Tetsuro Tanba plays a nihilistic ronin who faces down the "Clan of the Forgotten Eight", who got their name because they lost all their basic emotions like conscience, gratitude, loyalty, shame ...

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The Ceiling at Utsunomiyo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Ceiling at Utsunomiyo Around a perfunctory premise of a rich merchant wishing to marry a kind-hearted young woman against her and her boyfriend's will, a plot is spun of betrayal in the highest levels of the Tokugawa shogunate. The wandering ronin ...

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Tales of the Taira Clan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Tales of the Taira Clan Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career soldiers gaining power and influence, ...

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Demon Spies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Demon Spies Deep in the mountains of feudal Japan, a group of children endure cruel and unorthodox training in order to become the Shogunate's most secret and deadly weapons - the Demon Spies! Their true identities are hidden - even from ...

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Shadow Hunters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Shadow Hunters Tetsurō Tamba, Yujiro Ishihara - Much like its Italian brother genre, the spaghetti western, Japanese chambara of the early 70's, after the golden age of samurai cinema in the 60's, was in desperate need for a breath of fresh air, for new ways to satisfy an ...

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Shadow Hunters: Echo of Destin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Shadow Hunters: Echo of Destiny "Echo Of Destiny", the kinetic second film in the Shadow Hunters saga, is a tale rich in intrigue, betrayal, and gory death. Retained by a great daimyo to escort an illegal cannon to safety, three "Shadow ...

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The Homeless Drifter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Homeless Drifter This is the story of a ‘Drifting Crow’, which is slang for a homeless wanderer, who seeks the murderer of his father, brutally cut down by an armed robber. The killer has eluded the authorities after pulling the job, leaving 5 ...

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Trail of Blood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Trail of Blood Robert Picardo, Tim Barraco, Trevor Torseth - Can a sinful man change and find peace? It's unlikely in gang-plagued Japan. Jokichi of Mikogami, a drifter (and hired sword), goes straight after protecting a woman in distress: they marry, have a son, and Jokichi pursues his ...

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Fearless Avenger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Fearless Avenger Thirsting for revenge, Jokichi rashly attempts to assassinate the evil Chogoro but ends up being captured by Yakuza. His life is spared by Boss Juzaburo, in order that the harmony of an important commemoration not be further ...

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Slaughter in the Snow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Slaughter in the Snow Yoshio Harada, Isao Natsuyagi, Michiyo Okusu - In feudal Japan, women are vulnerable, in need of protection, and capable of deception. Jokichi of Mikogami, a drifter, has not yet fully revenged the death of his wife and son. He searches for Kunisada C**ji, who in turn has ...

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Three Yakuza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Three Yakuza Toei Films presents a film like no other. This is the tale of three Yakuza gamblers who traveled Japan during the samurai era living by their wits and sword skills. Told in 3 separate vignettes, each part tells the story of a ...

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Killers Mission is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Killers Mission Two notorious forces in Japanese exploitation cinema before either hit their nadir. A few years later, director Ozawa was responsible for two Streetfighter films and Tomisaburo Wakayama went on to star in the Lone Wolf series.

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Ninjutsu Gozen-Jiai (Koga Ninj... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Ninjutsu Gozen-Jiai (Koga Ninja) It's special effects galore in the first film from noted director SAWASHIMA Tadashi,as the ninja of Koga and Iga Clans square off against each other. During the Age Of Wars (Sengoku Era), Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi ...

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Chushingura (47 Samurai) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Chushingura (47 Samurai) Lord Asano (Yuzo Kayama) won't bribe the corrupt Kira (Chusha Ichikawa), a court protocol expert who procedes to do everything possible to discredit the young and idealistic Lord. Asano is forced to pay a fortune to have a ...

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: Full Moon Swo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Nemuri Kyoshiro: Full Moon Swordsman The epic tales of Nemuri Kyoshiro, the "Son of the Black Mass" near their conclusion as a young Matsukata Hiroki takes over the role upon the death of Ichikawa Raizo. Expert swordfighting abounds as the half-breed ...

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: Flyfot Swordp... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Nemuri Kyoshiro: Flyfot Swordplay The epic tales of Nemuri Kyoshiro, the 'Son of the Black Mass' come to their ultimate conclusion with Matsukata Hiroki having taken over the role upon the death of Ichikawa Raizo. A chance meeting with another half-Caucasian ...

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Shinsengumi: Band of Assassins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Shinsengumi: Band of Assassins SHINSENGUMI (aka BAND OF ASSASSINS, 1970) is a large-scale Japanese samurai drama based on actual events and historical figures. It tells the tale of what is essentially a paramilitary group of citizens who become swordsmen in ...

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Tange Sazen: The One Eyed Swor... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Tange Sazen: The One Eyed Swordsman Tanba Tetsuro is 'Tange Sazen', the one-eyed, one-armed samurai master who fights for the underdogs during the Japanese age of shoguns. The amazing feats of this extraordinary man will astound you. In 1730, the Tokugawa ...

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The Gambling Samurai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Gambling Samurai C**ji Kunisada returns to his home village to find that Jubei Matsui, the corrupt magistrate, has been responsible for virtually destroying Kunisada's family. A final tragedy leads Kunisada to join with a band of rogues living ...

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Shogun's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Shogun's Shadow Iemitsu, Tokugawa Shogun III, hates his eldest son Takechiyo; all his love is given to his younger son Tokumatsu. One day, he orders Takechiyo to an initiation rite in Yedo (today's Tokio). Takechiyo lives far away under the ...

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The Fort of Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Fort of Death Eiichi Kudo's 1969 film is the personification of the Samurai western. I have unfortunately never been able to find a print of this film, and so I have never seen it and know very little about the plot. If anyone can help me on ...

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Hawk of the North is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Hawk of the North During the latter part of the 16th Century, Japan's Warring States era was coming to a close. While Toyotomi Hideyoshi as Regent had basically taken control of the country, wars still raged on in the north. The "Hawk of the ...

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Kagemusha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Kagemusha Tatsuya Nakadai, Kenichi Hagiwara, Kaori Momoi - In 1572, there is a civil war in Japan, and three powerful clans, leaded by the lords Shingen Takeda (Tatsuya Nakadai), Nobunaga Oda (Daisuke Ryu) and Ieyasu Tokugawa (Masayuki Yui), dispute the conquest of Kyoto. When Shingen ...

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Killing in Yoshiwara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Killing in Yoshiwara "Killing in Yoshiwara" a.k.a. "Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter" is an enthralling glorious melodrama set in the infamous red light district of old Edo. A successful and wealthy textile industrialist from the ...

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7 Miles from Nakayama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
7 Miles from Nakayama Another rare gem of a movie starring the late Ichikawa Raizo as a traveling gambler who takes a job as a lumberjack in the mountains near Edo during the samurai era. When he and his Boss vie for the same woman it’s bound to lead ...

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Hitokiri Gasa (Vanquished Foes... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Hitokiri Gasa (Vanquished Foes) A skilled assassin's services are called upon to put an end to the ugly turf battle between two yakuza families, Mitsuwa and Aikawa. With an all-star cast that not only includes two of Toei's biggest stars Otomo Ryutaro and ...

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The Third Ninja is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Third Ninja During the Warring States Period, the struggle for absolute supremacy stood between two might warlords, Takeda Shingen, ruler of Shinano and Kai provinces, and Oda Nobunaga, ruler of Owari province. In an attempt to finish off ...

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Okatsu the Fugitve is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Okatsu the Fugitve Branded a criminal, Okatsu's vengeance knows no bounds! In the final episode of the LEGENDS OF THE POISONOUS SEDUCTRESS series, OKATSU THE FUGITIVE, Junko Miyazono appears one final time as the legendary swordswoman, but this ...

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Miyamoto Musashi: Zen and Swor... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Miyamoto Musashi: Zen and Sword Miyamoto Musashi was the most famous swordsman in Japanese history. His legendary exploits have been portrayed in many books and films. The most famous version of his life story was written by Yoshikawa Eiji, and formed the ...

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Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Hann... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Hannya Hilside Also known as DUEL AT DEVIL’S MASK PASS this film begins when, after spending 3 years of study in isolation, Takezo is brought before the Clan Lord and made a Samurai. At this time he receives the new samurai name that he is to ...

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Miyamoto Musashi: Enlightenmen... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Miyamoto Musashi: Enlightenment to the Two Sword Technique In this film, alternately known as THE WORTHLESS DUEL, Musashi has just slaughtered the vile ronin and vilified the Hozoin Priests for their duplicity, when he sets off to challenge the most famous sword fighting schools in ...

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Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Ichi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Ichijoji Temple After defeating Yoshioka Seijuro in a match, Miyamoto Musashi has become a marked man. Countless people want revenge against him for a variety of reasons, and he is challenged by the Yoshioka family to a rematch, only since the ...

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Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Ganr... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Ganryu Island The final showdown between the two rival swordsmen comes on Funajima Island when Musashi has to somehow find a way to defeat the 37" long sword that his arch enemy Kojiro uses for his "Swallow-tail" cut. While the ...

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The Purple Killer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Purple Killer A sequel to the popular samurai-ninja movie "On Patrol". Ukyonosuke's mission to avenge his father's death continues. He discovers that a mysterious note written by his father, Inspector Sena, let to Sena's murder 18 ...

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Ansatsu (Assassination) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Ansatsu (Assassination) Assassination (or Ansatsu) marked Masahiro Shinoda's first attempt at a period film, and is widely considered to be his finest achievement. Previously gaining fame and status alongside Nagisa Oshima and Kiju Yoshida, challenging ...

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Samurai Spy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Samurai Spy Shintaro Ishihara, Tetsurō Tamba, Mutsuhiro Toura - Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, ...

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Female Demon Ohyku is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Female Demon Ohyku Female Demon Ohyaku is the first in a trilogy of films that are often considered a precursor to the Pinky Violence film that became very popular in 1970's Japan. One of the things I love most about the Pinky films is the ...

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Fencing Master is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Fencing Master Written by one of cinema’s greatest directors, Kurosawa Akira, TATESHI DANPEI is a story about the fight to keep the art of the samurai sword fighting scene alive in a Japan that is becoming ever more modern. The year is 1917 ...

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Kisaragi Sword is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Kisaragi Sword This is the tale of seven master swordsmen who band together to play an active role against the group planning to kill the 8th Tokugawa Shogun, Yoshimune and take over his position. Included in the group are a chivalrous robber, ...

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Yagyu Bugiecho (part 1) is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Yagyu Bugiecho (part 1) In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is divided among the three scrolls, all of ...

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Yagyu Bugiecho (part 2) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Yagyu Bugiecho (part 2) In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is divided among the three scrolls, all of ...

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The Magioichi Saga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
The Magioichi Saga During the Sixteenth Century, ODA Nobunaga was gaining power with his right hand man kinos**ta Tokichiro at his side. Recognizing that guns win wars, ODA tries to enlist the aid of SAIKA Magoichi, a flashy samurai with ...

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Red Shadow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Red Shadow Ryoko Shinohara, Tomoyasu Hotei, Naoto Takenaka - Fifteen years after Ishida Mitsunari lost in the battle of Sekigahara, Tokugawa Ieyasu foresees his unavoidable battle with Toyotomi Hideyori and goes into Fushimi Castle. At the night, Hattori Hanzo, the leader of 36 Iga ...

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Hunter in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Hunter in the Dark Tatsuya Nakadai, Kōji Yakusho, Yoshio Harada - Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature ...

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Wicked Priest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Wicked Priest It is a wonderful movie with the genius actor Tomisaburo Wakayama. Wakayama is extraordinary and the story of the film is very good with very emotion. It is a movie that have to be seen by all the Wakayama's fan. Shinkai, the ...

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Crimson Bat: The Blind Swordsw... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Crimson Bat: The Blind Swordswomen Crimson Bat, the Blind Swordswoman We meet our heroine Oichi as a young child, who has just been being abandoned by her mother - not sure what happened to father, but we later discover Mom's a prostitute, so can probably fill ...

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Cruel Story of the Shogunate's... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films part 3
Cruel Story of the Shogunate's Downfall This is one of the bloodiest black and white films from the mid-sixties. This film tell the brutal story of a young recruit to the Shinsengumi, the para-military force of ronin led by Kondo Isami, and made famous to the west in ...