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50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

50 Classic Chambara and Jidaigeki style samurai films. Of course there are countless more but this is a good place to start for anyone interested in this genre. I intend to do more films in groups of 50 in the future until someday I can compile most if not all of these amazing films.

- Stephen Clark

50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films Films
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    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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    Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yūzō Kayama Imagine your favorite action movie, then take out all the cheesy one-liners ("Asta la vista, baby!"), the irritating sidekick, the love interest, the techno-porn, and the off-handed

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    Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsuko Ichihara

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    Taketoshi Naitô, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Yoshi Katō

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    Tatsuya Nakadai, Eijirō Tōno, Tadao Nakamaru In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a

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    Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurō Tamba, Yorozuya Kinnosuke Gosha knocks it out of the park in this tale of an honorable samurai at odds with his former clan and their evil deeds. After a shipment of shogunate gold crashes on a beach near a village, the Sabai

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    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isuzu Yamada

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    Seppuku

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    Akiji Kobayashi, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Shin Kishida Kozure Okami:Sanzu no Kawa no Ubaguruma/Lone Wolf & Cub:Baby Cart at the River Styx(1972) is made up of a few episodes from graphic novel series. One part of story is loosely based on an episode

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    Asao Koike, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Shin Kishida Fourth chapter in the great franchise and (in my opinion) the best film in the series. Ogami Itto (Tomisaburo Wakayama) is hired to kill a "tattooed woman" who is using her martial arts

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    Tetsurō Tamba, Mikijiro Hira, Makatari Fujiwara

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    Meiko Kaji, Kō Nishimura, Miyoko Akaza

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    Toshiro Mifune, Hideyo Amamoto, Akihiko Hirata February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled Japan for

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    Toshiro Mifune, Shintaro Katsu, Yorozuya Kinnosuke

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    Taketoshi Naitô, Hideji Otaki, Tomisaburo Wakayama Five swordsmen hire Ogami, each revealing a portion of his mission as they are defeated in this fifth entry in the Lone Wolf and Cub series. After defeating the swordsmen, Ogami discovers his mission

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    Shintaro Katsu, Jun Hamamura, Tomisaburo Wakayama The third Baby Cart film is probably my favorite one. Ogami Itto dispatches of a group of ninja hidden in the treetops and is challenged to a duel by a more than capable ronin all in the first 10

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    Raizo Ichikawa The Betrayal is one of Tokuzo Tanaka's masterpieces during his time as one of Daiei films top directors. The film stars Raizo Ichikawa as a loyal member of his clan asked by his future wife's father

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    Eijirō Tōno, Kunie Tanaka, Mikijiro Hira This early Hideo Gosha jidai-geki that was released by Criterion opens quite abruptly with a ronin named Gennosuke being hunted down for having killed his clan's counsellor. We're at 1857, on the

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    Satans Sword: Final Chapter

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Ronin Called Nemuri

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    Renji Ishibashi, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Go Kato

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    Sword Devil

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Swordsman and the Pirate

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Castle Managerie

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    The Last Samurai is a 1974 film by Kenji Misumi of Lone Wolf and Cub Fame.

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    Samurai Wolf 2

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    Shinobi No Mono Kyōko Kishida, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Yoshi Katō

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Sword that Saved Edo

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Mysterious Sword of Kyoshiro

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Human Tarantula

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: Adventure of Nemuri Kyoshiro

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: Enter Nemuri Kyoshiro, the Swordsman

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: A Trail of Traps

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: Nemuri Kyoshiro at Bay

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    Toshiro Mifune, Nobuko Otowa, Shima Iwashita

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    Under The Banner of Samurai

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    Warring Clans

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    Ichikawa Raizō VIII

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    Satans Sword: Dragon God

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    Satans Sword

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    Shingo's Challenge

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    The Ambitious

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