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

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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    Kagemusha 1980 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

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    Hunter in the Dark 1979 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.

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    Shinsengumi: Band of Assassins 1970 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

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    Miyamoto Musashi: Enlightenment to the Two Sword Technique 1963 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

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    Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Hannya Hilside 1962 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

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    The Ceiling at Utsunomiyo 1956 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

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    Bohachi: Code of the Forgotten 8 1973 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,

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    Slaughter in the Snow 1973 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

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    Kisaragi Sword 1962 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

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    The Wanderers 1973 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

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    Tales of the Taira Clan 1955 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

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    The Gambling Samurai 1960 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

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    Chushingura (47 Samurai) 1962 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

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    Female Demon Ohyku 1968 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

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    Shogun's Shadow 1989 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

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    Cruel Story of the Shogunate's Downfall 1964 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

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    rated: 10 Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Ganryu Island 1965 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

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    Samurai Spy 1965 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

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    Yagyu Bugiecho (part 2) 1958 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

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    Yagyu Bugiecho (part 1) 1957 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

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    Red Shadow 1962 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,

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    Shadow Hunters: Echo of Destiny 1972 "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,

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    Shadow Hunters 1972 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,

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    The Fort of Death 1969 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

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    Ansatsu (Assassination) 1964 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

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    Seventeen Ninja 1963 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

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    Killing in Yoshiwara 1960 "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

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    The Homeless Drifter 1964 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

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    7 Miles from Nakayama 1962 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

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    Hitokiri Gasa (Vanquished Foes) 1964 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

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    The Third Ninja 1964 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.

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    Okatsu the Fugitve 1969 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

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    The Magioichi Saga 1969 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

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    Fearless Avenger 1972 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

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    Ninjutsu Gozen-Jiai (Koga Ninja) 1957 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

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    Three Yakuza 1965 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

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    Trail of Blood 1972 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

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    Killers Mission 1969 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

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    Wicked Priest 1968 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

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    Demon Spies 1974 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

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    Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Ichijoji Temple 1964 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

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: Flyfot Swordplay 1969 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

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    The Third Contest 1965 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

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    Crimson Bat: The Blind Swordswomen 1969 Crimson Bat, the Blind SwordswomanWe 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 discoverMom's a

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    Hawk of the North 1959 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

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: Full Moon Swordsman 1969 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

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    Miyamoto Musashi: Zen and Sword 1961 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

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    Tange Sazen: The One Eyed Swordsman 1963 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

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    Fencing Master 1962 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

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    The Purple Killer 1964 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

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