Total Nerd 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films  

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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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Yojimbo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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Sanjuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Sanjuro Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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The Sword of Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
The Sword of Doom 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 moralistic ending. Then add a ...

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Seppuku is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Samurai Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Samurai Rebellion Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsuko Ichihara

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Ve... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance Taketoshi Naitô, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Yoshi Katō

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Kill! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Kill! 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 farmer, longs to become a ...

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Goyokin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Goyokin 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 clan led by a brutal ...

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Throne of Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Throne of Blood Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isuzu Yamada

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Sasaki Kojiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart i... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril 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 skills to seek revenge. In the ...

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The Betrayal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
The Betrayal 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 to take the blame for a ...

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Three Outlaw Samurai is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Three Outlaw Samurai Tetsurō Tamba, Mikijiro Hira, Makatari Fujiwara

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Lady Snowblood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Lady Snowblood Meiko Kaji, Kō Nishimura, Miyoko Akaza

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart a... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx 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 called EIGHT GATES OF DECEIT.

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Samurai Assassin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Samurai Assassin 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 300 years. They suspect a ...

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart t... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades 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 minutes of the film. He refuses ...

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart i... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Land of Demons 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 is to save a clan's honor by ...

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Incident at Blood Pass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Incident At Blood Pass Toshiro Mifune, Shintaro Katsu, Yorozuya Kinnosuke

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Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heave... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven In Hell Renji Ishibashi, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Go Kato

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Sword of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Sword of the Beast 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 brink of the Meiji reformation ...

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Ronin Cal... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Tenchu (Hitokiri) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Eleven Samurai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Castle Ma... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: Full Moon Cut is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Sword Devil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Swordsman... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Samurai Wolf 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Samurai Wolf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: Enter Nemuri ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Satans Sword: Final Chapter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: Adventure of ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Mysteriou... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
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Red Lion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Red Lion Toshiro Mifune, Nobuko Otowa, Shima Iwashita

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Ninja, a Band of Assassins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Shinobi No Mono Kyōko Kishida, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Yoshi Katō

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Under The Banner of Samurai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: Nemuri Kyoshi... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Human Tar... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Sword tha... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: A Trail of Tr... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Mask of t... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Duel at Fort Ezo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Satans Sword is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Destiny's Son is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films
Destiny's Son Ichikawa Raizō VIII

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Satans Sword: Dragon God is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Warring Clans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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Shingo's Challenge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films

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The Ambitious is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 50 Classic Samurai (Chambara, Jidaigeki) Films