50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films Films
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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

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    Keiju Kobayashi, Akihiko Hirata, Tatsuya Nakadai

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    Kō Nishimura, Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Fujita

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    Tetsurō Tamba, Tatsuya Ishiguro, Toshie Kimura

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    Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, 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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    Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Tetsurō Tamba, Kunie Tanaka 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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    Tatsuo Matsumura, Etsuko Ichihara, Tatsuya Nakadai

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    Tomisaburo Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Taketoshi Naitô

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    Tatsuya Nakadai, Naoko Kubo, Eijirō Tōno 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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    Tomisaburo Wakayama, Hiroshi Tanaka, Michie Azuma 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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    Seppuku

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    Minoru Chiaki, Chieko Naniwa, Toshiro Mifune

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    Shintaro Katsu, Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Ruriko Asaoka

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Swordsman and the Pirate

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

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    Kunie Tanaka, Toshie Kimura, Eijirō Tōno 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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    Samurai Wolf 2

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    Keiju Kobayashi, Akihiko Hirata, Hideyo Amamoto 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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    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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    Tomisaburo Wakayama, Michiyo Okusu, Hideji Otaki 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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    Tomisaburo Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Izumi Ayukawa 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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    Kō Nishimura, Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa

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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: The Castle Managerie

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    Sword Devil

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    Nobuko Otowa, Toshiro Mifune, Shima Iwashita

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Ronin Called Nemuri

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    Shintaro Katsu, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Ichirô Nakaya 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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    Renji Ishibashi, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Jiro Miyaguchi

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    Shinobi No Mono Tomisaburo Wakayama, Kō Nishimura, Katsuhiko Kobayashi

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Sword that Saved Edo

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: Nemuri Kyoshiro at Bay

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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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    Satans Sword: Final Chapter

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    Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Mask of the Princess

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    Under The Banner of Samurai

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    Ichikawa Raizō VIII

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    Warring Clans

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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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