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samurai film series

selected samurai films, A to Z
documentary films

books & audio

links

           color image of samurai & armor


VHS samurai catalog at Amazon.com
DVD samurai catalog at Amazon.com

Magic Lantern's Cinema of Japan Page

Magic Lantern's Kurosawa/Mifune Films Page

Magic Lantern's 47 Rônin / Chüshingura Film Festival


People

director  Hideo Gosha  [1929-92]
considered to be the master of samurai action films in Japan
Hideo Gosha videos/DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia

Gosha's directorial debut "Three Outlaw Samurai" [1964]
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006Z8FWE


actor  Raizô Ichikawa VIII  [1931-69]
IMDb listingWikipedia


director  Hiroshi Inagaki  [1905-80]
videos/DVDsbrowse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

'Samurai' series: new DVD boxed set | VHS | DVD


actor  Shintarô Katsu  [1931-97]
IMDb listing'Zato-Ichi' series on IMDb

the 26 original 'Zato-Ichi' films [1962-89] on Magic Lantern's 'Zato-Ichi' Page


Magic Lantern's
director Akira Kurosawa [1910-98] Page

Magic Lantern's Kurosawa/Mifune Films Page


director  Kenjo Misumi  [1921-75]
videos/DVDsIMDb listing • no entry at Wikipedia

film series include 'Baby Cart', 'Zatôichi' & 'Nemuri Kyoshiro'


director  Kenji Mizoguchi  [1898-1956]
videos/DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia


actor  Tatsuya Nakadai
videos/DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia


Magic Lantern's
director  Yasujiro  Ozu  [1903-63] Page


director  Yoji Yamada
videos/DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia


Samurai  Film  Series

       Magic Lantern's
'Lone Wolf & Cub' Series Page

the manga comics, the original six films, the hit TV series,
the 'Shogun Assassin' series, and much more.

"Lone Wolf and Cub" [Kamala Films 2014?]  
Announced 3/2012: Justin Lin ("Fast Five") will direct, script assigned to David & Janet Peoples • latest info at IMDb

Shintarô Katsu as Zatôichi, The Blind Swordsman     Magic Lantern's
'Zatôichi, The Blind Swordsman' Series Page

the 26 original films [1962-89] with Shintarô Katsu [1931-97]
were based on the novels by Kan Shimozawa {not available on Amazon}


'Samurai X / Rurôni Kenshin' anime
postersbrowse DVDsbrowse videostv series credits

'Nemuri Kyoshiro' Series
Based on the novels by Renzaburô Shibata [1917-78]: not available on Amazon; credits at IMDb

original films [1958-69] with Raizô Ichikawa [1931-69]: videos/DVDs |  IMDb listing

Nemuri Kyoshiro manga Vol 1  
"Nemuri Kyoshiro Volume 1" [2004]
by Shibata Renzaburo

Gutsoon Ent. pb [6/2004] out of print/rare

banner from Kurosawa / Mifune Film Festival at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles (Nov-Dec 2002)

Magic Lantern's Kurosawa/Mifune Films Page


Selected  Samurai  Films
{ in alphabetical order }

browse keyword 'samurai' at Internet Movie Database

films yet to be added include "Adventure of Kyoshiro Nemuri" [1963] & sequels;
"Kwaidan" [1964]; "The River Fuefuki" [1960]; "Tanga Sazen" [1953];
"The Wanderers" [1973]; and "Warring Clans" [1963] by Okamoto

Rebel Samurai Collection videos  "Rebel Samurai Collection" on DVD
Criterion b&w/color DVD [10/2005] for $89.99
Four 'Sixties Swordplay Classics': Hideo Gosha's "Sword of The Beast" [1965]; Masahiro Shinoda's "Samurai Spy" [1965]; Masaki Kobayashi's "Samurai Rebellion" [1967] starring Toshirô Mifune; and Kihachi Okamoto's "Kill!" [1968] starring Tatsuya Nakadai & Etsushi Takahashi – each also on this page as individual films
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"Azumi"
[Toho Japan May 2003, USA July 2006]
Azumi 1 2003 samurai film   A gray-bearded samurai has trained ten orphans in martial arts; he gives them a final task, which is to kill their best friend; he then leads the five survivors, including the girl warrior Azumi, out of the mountains to prevent a civil war between Ieyasi, the Tokugawa Shogun, and the usurper Hideyoshi clan. Co-produced & co-written by Mataichirô Yamamoto; directed by Ryûhei Kitamura; based on the manga comic series by Yu Koyama; starring Aya Ueto, Yoshio Harada, Yuma Ishigaki, Kenji Kohashi, Aya Okamoto, Masatô Ibu, Naoto Takenaka, Kazuki Kitamura & Joe Odagiri; won 3 awards from the Japanese Academy
Rising Sun Prodns color DVD [2/2008] for $29.95
AsiaVision color subtitled DVD [11/2006] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
extras on 2006 DVD include 4 featurettes, cast & crew profiles
full credits at IMDbcharacter entry at Wikipediawatch official trailer on YouTube

"Azumi 2: Death or Love"
[Toho/Nippon Herald Japan Feb 2005]
Azumi 2 2005 samurai film  After vanquishing two of the leaders of the Hideyoshi clan trying to overthrow the Shogun (in "Azumi 1"}, the girl warrior and two friends pursue Lord Sanada, who is protected by a band of bandits.
Co-produced & co-written by Mataichirô Yamamoto; directed by Shusuke Kaneko; based on the manga comic series by Yu Koyama; starring Aya Ueto, Kazuki Ishigaki, Kazuki Kitamura, Chiaki Kuriyama, Mikijiro Hira & Shun Oguri
Urban Vision widescreen color subtitled DVD [5/2008] for $24.95
full credits at IMDbwatch official trailer on YouTube

"Chushingura  -  Hana  no  maki  yuki  no  maki"
aka '47 Rônin' [Toho Japan Nov 1962, USA Oct 1963]
Chushingura samurai movie  A classic tale in Japan, filmed many times: Out of loyalty to a wrongfully-disgraced lord, 47 samurai attack his enemies, knowing that they are courting certain death. Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, starring Koshiro Matsumoto, Yuzo Kayama, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akira Takarada, Yosuke Natsuki, Makoto Satô, Chûsha Ichikawa, Toshirô Mifune, Eisei Amamoto, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara, Tadao Takashima, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Takeshi Shimura, Yuriko Hoshi, Kumi Mizuno, Yumi Shirakawa & Mie Ham
Image Ent. widescreen b&w DVD [2/2001] for $26.09
Home Vision b&w VHS [7/97] 2 tapes for $49.95
Image Ent. b&w widescreen VHS [2/2001] 2 tapes for $29.98
full credits from IMDb1962 movie entry at Wikipedia

NOTE: There are over 80 films made from this ancient tale, and so
they have a separate 47 Rônin Film Festival Page {split mid-2012}  

"47 Rônin" [Universal Pictures Xmas 2013]
Announced 8/2012: Bumped again, from February to Xmas Day 2013; starring Keanu Reeves

Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog" [1999]

"Goyokin" [Toho/Fuji Japan May 1969, USA Aug 1969]
Goyokin samurai movie  An evil clan massacres a village and causes a shipwreck to steal the on-board 'official gold' (the movie's title); the clan leader is derided by his brother-in-law, who is then banished. When the outlaw samurai learns of plans for another massacre, he returns and unites with the lone survivor of the village and with a government agent to prevent the repeat. Co-written & directed by Hideo Gosha; starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsuro Tamba, Kinnosuke Naka-mura, Isao Natsuyagi, Yôko Tsukasa, Kunie Tanaka, Ruriko Asaoka, Ruriko Asaoka, Ben Hiura & Kô Nishimura
Tokyo Shock widescreen color DVD [2/2006] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb
gold-black 11"x17" poster from Amazon for $14.99

"Hana: The Tale of A Reluctant Samurai" [2006] starring Junichi Okada
http://www.amazon.com/Hana-Reluctant-Samurai-Yoshio-Harada/dp/B0016LHH62/ + /tt0464038/

"The Hidden Blade"
aka 'Kakushi ken oni no tsume' [Shochiku Japan Oct 2004, USA Oct 2005]
The Hidden Blade movie  Beautifully-photographed romantic human tale set as modern weapons arrive in Japan; in three parts. A warrior is told to fight a friend who went to Edo and got caught in a web of intrigue, then was imprisoned. The friend's wife offers her body to save her man, but the boss allows the battle to go forward. The warrior kills the boss, renounces his vows as a samurai, and then marries his long-faithful housekeeper. Co-written & directed by Yôji Yamada; based on stories by Shuuhei Fujisawa; starring Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Reiko Takashima, Min Tanaka, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tomoko Tabata, Ken Ogata & Nenji Kobayashi; nominated for 12 Japanese Academy Awards (won one)
Tartan Video widescreen color DVD [8/2006] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb

"Hitokiri" aka "Tenchu!"
[Daiei/Fuji Japan Aug 1969, USA Feb 1970]
video cover of Hitokiri samurai movie  A down-and-out rônin allies himself with a ruthless clan leader out of desparation, but the Faustian bargain brings self-loathing and eventually a desire for retribution. Directed by Hideo Gosha; based on the Ryotaro Shiba novel; starring Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yukio Mishima, Yûjirô Ishihara, Mitsuko Baisho, Takumi Shinjo & Noboru Nakaya
Region 1 video/DVD not available
full credits from IMDb

"Kill!" aka 'Kiru!'
[Toho Japan June 1968, USA March 1969]
Kill! aka Kiru! samurai comedy  Based on the same novel as "Sanjuro", but intended as a comedy about the conventions of samurai films and of Spaghetti Western films. A samurai haunted by his past and a farmer who aspires to bwecome a samurai side with a band of rebels in a local clan dispute.
Co-written & directed by Kihachi Okamoto; starring Tatsuya Nakadai & Etsushi Takahashi
Criterion b&w widescreen DVD [10/2005] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb

"Kill  Bill" [Miramax 2003 & 2004]
Kill Bill Vol. 1  Volume 1: A female assassin is attacked by her group leader, Bill, on her wedding day; after waking up from a coma, she seeks revenge. Written & directed by Quentin Tarantino; starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Julie Dreyfus & Sonny Chiba
Miramax color DVD [4/2004] for $19.49
Miramax color VHS [4/2004] for $21.24
Maverick soundtrack CD [9/2003] for $13.49
full credits from IMDb
official movie website
Kill Bill Vol. 2  Volume 2: The Bride is still mad.Written & directed by Quentin Tarantino; starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Julie Dreyfus & Sonny Chiba
Miramax color DVD [8/2004] for $13.99
Miramax color VHS [8/2004] for $24.99
Maverick soundtrack CD [4/2004] for $13.49
full credits from IMDb
official movie website
Kill Bill Unofficial Casebook  
"Kill Bill: An Unofficial Casebook" [2005]
by D.K. Holm

Glitter Books pb [2/2005] for $17.95

"Lady  Snowblood"
aka 'Shurayukihime'  [Toho Japan 1973]
Lady Snowblood movie  A young girl whose mother dies in prison during childbirth is trained by a martial priest for revenge against the four men who killed her mother's husband and then raped her mother and left her for dead. Directed by Toshiya Fujita; based on the manga comics of Kazuo Kamimura & Kazuo Koike; starring Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa & Ko Nishimura
Animeigo color widescreen DVD [5/2004] for $29.98
Animeigo color widescreen VHS [11/97] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

sequel  "Love  Song  of  Vengeance"
aka 'Shura-yuki-hime: Urami Renga' [Toho Japan 1974]
Love Song of Vengeance movie  Sentenced to death for her crimes (in the prequel), Lady Snowblood is rescued by the secret police, who offer a deal to assassinate some revolutionaries. Directed by Toshiya Fujita; based on the manga comics of Kazuo Kamimura & Kazuo Koike; starring Meiko Kaji, Yoshio Harada, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Shin Kishida & Juzo Itami
Animeigo color widescreen DVD [5/2004] for $26.99
Animeigo color VHS [3/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Lady Snowblood" DVD box set [2005]
Animeigo color widescreen DVD set [11/2005] 2 disks - out of prodn/used

Lady Snowblood manga & film entry at Wikipedia

Lady Snowblood manga comics  "Lady Snowblood" manga comics [originals in 1970s, English 2005-2006]
by Kazuo Koike, illustrated by Kazuo Kamimura

Volume 1: Dark Horse 7¼x5 pb [10/2005] for $11.24
Volume 2: Dark Horse 7¼x5 pb [1/2006] for $10.55
Volume 3: Dark Horse 7¼x5 pb [4/2006] for $11.66
Volume 4: Dark Horse 7¼x5 pb [6/2006] for $11.66

"The Last Samurai"
[Warner Bros. Dec 2003]
Last Samurai poster  Co-written & directed by Edward Zwick; co-written by John Logan & Marshall Herskovitz; starring Ken Watanabe, Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Timothy Spall, Hiroyuki Sanada & Koyuki; Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Sound
Warner widescreen DVD [5/2004] 2 disks for $19.47
Warner color DVD [5/2004] 2 disks for $19.47
Warner VHS dubbed in Spanish [5/2004] out of stock/used
Warner color VHS [5/2004] priced for rental market
Elektra/Asylum soundtrack CD [11/2003] for $13.49
full credits from IMDbofficial movie website
Last Samurai Guide  
"The Last Samurai: The Official Movie Guide" [2003]
from Warner Bros. Pictures

General 10¼x9½ pb [12/2003] for $10.47
General 10¾x9¾ hardcover [12/2003] for $24.95
Takamori / Ravina  "The Last Samurai: The Life & Battles of Saigo Takamori" [2003]
by Mark Ravina

The true story of the warrior rebel depicted inaccurately in the movie.
John Wiley & Sons 9x6.3 pb [11/2003] for $16.97

"Red Lion" aka 'Akage'
[Mifune/Toho Japan Oct 1969, USA Dec 1969]
Akage / Red Lion poster  Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a simple servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt officials and businessmen • Co-written & directed by Kihachi Okamoto; starring Toshirô Mifune, Shima Iwashita, Etsushi Takahashi, Minori Terada, Nobuko Otowa, Kawai Okada, Yûko Mochizuki & Jitsuko Yoshimura
Animeigo widescreen color DVD [9/2005] for $26.99
Animeigo color VHS [11/97] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Rônin Gai" [Shochiku/Nippon TV Aug 1990]
Rônin Gai samurai movie  Peace under the shogun leaves many samurai unemployed. Four ronin in a depressed village struggle to maintain their bushi-do code until prostitutes under seige by a serial killer ask for their help • Directed by Kazuo Kuroki; starring Yoshio Harada, Kanako Higuchi, Shintarô Katsu, Moeko Ezawa, Hiroko Isayama, Renji Ishibashi & Kunie Tanaka; won Japanese Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (RI), 5 other noms
Homevision widescreen color DVD [6/2005] for $21.99
full credits from IMDb

"Samurai Assassin"
[Mifune/Toho Japan Jan 1965, USA March 1965]
Samurai Assassin samurai movie  Based on a novel about real events in February & March 1860. A band of men wait by Edo's Sakurada Gate to kill a government official. They suspect a traitor in their midst, and focus on an impoverished rônin (and bastard son of an aristocrat) who is befriended by one of the leaders • Directed by Kihachi Okamoto; starring Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô, Koshiro Matsumoto, Eijirô Tono & Michiyo Aratama
Anameigo widescreen color DVD [2/2005] for $26.99
Anameigo widescreen color VHS [9/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Samurai Banners" aka 'Furin Kazan'
[Mifune/Toho Japan Feb 1969, USA June 1969]
Samurai Banners movie  A samurai general dreams of uniting the Kai & Suwa domains. He convinces the widow of the Suwa lord to marry the victorious Kai lord and bear him a son, and pledges them his life. Years later, the powerful forces of Echigo domain challenge the peaceful Kai-Suwa regime. • Co-produced & directed by Hiroshi Inagaki; based on the Yasushi Inoue novel; co-produced by & starring Toshirô Mifune; co-starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Yoshiko Sakuma, Yûjirô Ishihara, Katsuo Nakamura, Kankuro Nakamura, Kanemon Nakamura, Masakazu Tamura, Mayumi Ozora & Ken Ogata
Animeigo widescreen color DVD [7/2005] for $26.99
Animeigo widescreen color VHS [1/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Samurai Cop" [1989]
Amir Shervan's cult hit received a new HD restoration in 2013

"Samurai Fiction"  [Japan Aug 1998, USA Oct 1998]
Samurai Fiction movie  A young noble and two friends attempt to retrieve the stolen heirloom sword of their clan; the enemy leader wounds the noble and kills one pal, and the noble recovers at the remote forest home of a former samurai and his daughter. Co-written & directed by Hiroyuki Nakano; starring Mitsuru Fukikoshi, rock star Tomoyasu Hotei, Naoyuki Fujii, Ken Osawa, Morio Kazama, Tamaki Ogawa, Mari Natsuki, Mitsuru Fukikoshi & Taketoshi Naitô
Media Blasters color DVD [9/2003] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb

"Samurai  Rebellion" aka 'Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu'
[Toho/Mifune Japan May 1967, USA Sept 1967]
Samurai Rebellion video  The son of an aging samurai is ordered to marry the local lord's mistress, though she has born the lord a son. The newlyweds fall in love. When the lord's elder son dies, and he demands that the mistress return with his heir, the samurai rebels. The clan orders suicide, then attempts to kill the family, and the samurai takes the matter to the capitol at Edo. Directed by Masaki Kobayashi; starring Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Etsuko Ichihara, Tatsuya Nakadai, Shigeru Kôyama, Michiko Otsuka, Tatsuo Matsumura & Isao Yamagata
Criterion widescreen b&w DVD [10/2005] for $26.99
Homevision b&w VHS [6/2000] for $28.45
full credits from IMDb

"Samurai Spy" aka 'Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke' [Shochiku 1965]
Samurai Spy movie  A legendary samurai tracks the spy Nojiri, not knowing that a mysterious band of men are also tracking the spy; when the two factions meet, no one knows who is who. Directed by Masahiro Shinoda; based on the Koji Nakada novel; starring Koji Takahashi, Tetsuro Tamba, Kei Sato & Rokko Toura
Criterion b&w widescreen DVD [10/2005] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb

"Sanjuro"  aka 'Tsubaki Sanjûrô'
[Japan Jan 1962; US release May 1963]
Sanjuro  A sequel to "Yojimbo"; a group of determined, idealistic young men enlist a scruffy, cynical samurai to clean up their town. Co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa [1910-98]; starring Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Takashi Shimura & Kamatari Fujiwara
Criterion widescreen b&w DVD [1/2007] for $34.99
Home Vision letterbox b&w DVD [9/99] for $26.99
Home Vision widescreen b&w VHS [3/95] for $29.95
full credits from IMDb

"Sansho The Bailiff" [1954] by Kenji Mizoguchi

"Seppuku" aka "Harakiri" [1962] /tt0056058/

"Seven Samurai" aka 'Shichinin no samurai'
[Japan April 1954; USA Nov 1956]
Seven Samurai  Now considered a classic movie. Poor farmers hire a samurai to defend their village from bandits. He brings along six others, who defend the village against 40 attackers in a climactic, epic battle. Co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa [1910-98]; starring Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Katô, Seiji Miyaguchi & Isao Kimura
Criterion Collection b&w Blu-ray [10/2010] 2 disks for $36.49
Criterion Collection remastered b&w DVD [9/2006] 3 disks for $36.99
Home Vision b&w DVD [3/99] for $31.99
Home Vision b&w VHS [7/93] 2 tapes / out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopses, remakes & sequels, books, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's "Seven Samurai" & "Magnificent Seven" Movies Page

"Sword of Doom"  aka 'Dai-bosatsu tôge'
[Toho Japan Jan 1966, USA July 1966]
Sword of Doom movie  A mad samurai with an unbeatable 'silent style' wreaks havoc over several years. Action highlights include Mifune's fight in the snow and the final bloodbath in a burning building. Directed by Kihachi Okamoto; written by Shinobu Hashimoto from a novel by Kaizan Nakazato; starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Yuzo Kayama, Michiyo Aratama, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Naito, Tadao Nakamaru & Ichirô Nakaya
Criterion Collxn widescreen DVD [3/2005] for $22.46
Home Vision widescreen b&w VHS [3/95] for $29.95
full credits from IMDb

"Sword of The Beast"  [Shochiku 1965]
Sword of the Beast movie  A reformer on the run after assassinating a clan minister finds a master
swordsman willing to defend him.
Co-written & directed by Hideo
Gosha; starring Mikijiro Hira & Go Kato
Criterion b&w widescreen DVD [10/2005] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb

"13 Assassins" aka "Jusan-nin No Shikaku"
[Toei Japan Dec 1963; not released in USA?]
13 Assassins 1963 samurai film by Eiichi Kudo  Classic-style jidai-geki in b&w. First third sets up the injustice, of a cruel brother of the shogun whose murders and other crimes are covered up; second third is the gathering and planning of the thirteen assassins; last third is the battle to kill the brother on his way back from Edo • Directed by Eiichi Kudo; written by Kaneo Ikegami; starring Chiezo Kataoka, Kô Nishimura, Ryohei Uchida, Isao Natsuyagi, Kotaro Satomi, Kanjûrô Arashi, Sumiko Fuji & Tetsurô Tanba
Region 1 VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
"13 Assassins" remake
[Toho Japan Sept 2010, Magnet Releasing USA April 2011]
13 Assassins 2010 samurai film by Takeshi Miike  Set in 1844 Japan; a samurai brings together a baker’s dozen of killers to assassinate the shogun’s brother. Co-written & directed by Takashi Miike; co-written by Daisuke Tengan, based on the 1963 film by Eiichi Kudo {above}; starring Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Hiroki Matsukata, Kazuki Namioka, Yûsuke Iseya, Gorô Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura, Mikijiro Hira & Ikki Sawamura; won 4 awards from the Japanese Academy
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site
watch English-language trailer on YouTubewatch Japanese-language trailer on YouTube

"Twilight Samurai"  aka 'Tasogare Seibei'
[Japan 2002, USA April 2004]
Twilight Samurai poster  A quiet, slightly sentimental masterpiece, about a feudal village of 19th Century Japan phasing into the new ethos & economics of the Meiji Restoration. Co-Written & directed by Yoji Yamada; based on sections of 3 Shuhei Fujisawa novels; starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Min Tanaka, Nenji Kobayashi & Keiko Kishi; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film; won 12 Japan Film Academy Awards, won 7 Kinema Junpo Awards
Empire Pictures color DVD [12/2004] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb
official movie website

"The  Warrior's  Way" [2010] /tt1032751/

"When The Last Sword Is Drawn"
aka 'Mibu gishi den' [Shoshiku Japan Jan 2003]
When The Last Sword Is Drawn  An underpaid samurai goes to Edo to make enough money to support his family; fellow members of the Imperial Guard consider him a mere mercenary until he proves his honor in battle • Directed by Yojiro Takita; starring Kiichi Nakai, Koichi Sato, Yui Natsukawa, Takehiro Murata, Miki Nakatani & Yuji Miyake; won Japanese Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Actor {Nakai}, Best Supporting Actor {Sato}, 8 other noms
Fox Lorber widescreen color DVD [12/2005] for $17.99
full credits from IMDb

"Yojimbo (The Bodyguard)"
[April 1961; US release Oct 1962]
Yojimbo  Prequel to "Sanjuro": A wandering samurai plays off two gangs against each other; based on the 1929 novel "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett. Co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa [1910-98]; starring Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tono, Seizaburô Kawazu, Kyu Sazanka, Kamatari Fujiwara, Takashi Shimura & Tatsuya Nakadai; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
Home Vision widescreem b&w DVD [9/99] for $25.49
Home Vision widescreem b&w VHS [9/94] for $29.95
full credits from IMDb
remade as Western "A Fistful of Dollars" [1964]
movie & sequels on VHS & DVDfull credits from IMDb
remade as "Last Man Standing" [1996]
on VHS & DVDfull credits from IMDb

Martial  Arts  Equipment

Hanzo Swords website {with many models from the 'Kill Bill' movies}

The 'bokken' is the wooden practice sword of Japanese martial arts
bokken for sale online at Amazon Sports & Outdoors

Swords Department at Amazon Sports & Outdoors

33 'Kill Bill swords' entries at Amazon Sports & Outdoors
'Kill Bill' 3-sword set w/display stand for $52.99
Hattori Hanzo 'Kill Bill' two-sword set w/display stand for $38.95
'Kill Bill' two-sword set w/display stand for $39.99
'Kill Bill' Bride's sword w/display stand for $28.44
'Kill Bill' Bride's sword w/display stand for $34.43
'Kill Bill' Bride's sword w/display stand for $38.30
'Kill Bill' Bill's katana sword w/display stand for $49.43


Documentary  Videos

Nova: Secrets of The Samurai Sword documentary  "Secrets of The Samurai Sword"
[P.B.S./W.G.B.H./Nova documentary aired Oct 2007]

Directed by John Wate
P.B.S./W.G.B.H. widescreen color DVD [1/2008] for $17.99
not listed at IMDb {2008} • PBS official movie site
History Matters The Samurai video from A&E  "History Matters: The Samurai" [A&E TV April 2005]
A&E Television Networks color DVD [7/2008] for $29.95
minimal credits from IMDb
Samurai / Last Warriors documentary  "Samurai: The Last Warrior - The Path of Honor, The Sword of Revenge"
TV documentary [indep 2004]

Co-produced, written & directed by Charlie Shepard
Hannover House color DVD [3/2005] for $9.95
full credits from IMDb
Code of the Samurai video  "Code of The Samurai: Cult of Cold Steel" [2004]
Presented by George W. Alexander; directed by Y. Ishimoto
Rising Sun Prodns color DVD [2/2004] for $29.95
producers official website
Sword Cuts of Miyamoto Musashi  "The Eight Deadly Samurai Sword Cuts of Miyamoto Musashi" [2004]
by George Alexander

Boxed Set: Yamazato color DVD [12/2004] 3 disks for $99.95
Vol 1: Yamazato color DVD [9/2004] for $39.95
Vol 2: Yamazato color DVD [11/2004] for $39.95
Vol 3: Yamazato color DVD [11/2004] for $39.95
Art of the Samurai  "Japanese Swordsmanship" [2003-2004]
Volume 1: "The Art of The Samurai" [2003] featuring Hanshi Ken Penland
Yamazato color DVD [3/2003] for $24.95
Volume 2: "Iaido - The Art of Fast Draw!" [2004] featuring Hanshi Ken Penland
Yamazato color DVD [9/2004] for $29.95
Volume 3: "Tameshigiri - The Art of Cutting" [2004] featuring George Alexander
Yamazato color DVD [12/2004] for $29.95
In Search of History Samurai Warrior video from A&E  
"In Search of History: Samurai Warrior" [A&E TV 1997]
A&E Television Networks color DVD [7/2008] for $24.95
A&E Television Networks color DVD [5/2009] out of prodn/used
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B o o k s

Sun Tzu & the Art of War [circa 500 BCE]
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Hagakure   "Hagakure: The Book of The Samurai" [Sept 1716]
by Yamamoto Tsunetomo; translated by William Scott Wilson

Kodansha Intl pb [3/92] for $9.00
Kodansha Intl hardcover [10/79] out of print/used
Bushido  "Bushido: The Way of The Samurai"
Based on the 'Hagakure' by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Edited by Justin F. Stone; translated by Minoru Tanaka

Square One 8½x5½ pb [10/2001] for $9.95
Samurai Sword Handbook  "The Samurai Sword: A Handbook" [1958]
by John M. Yumoto

Tuttle 8½x6¼ hardcover [6/72] for $14.93
Bokken / Japanese Sword  "Bokken: Art of The Japanese Sword" [1980]
by Dave Lowry

Ohara Publns 9x6 pb [6/80] for $11.90

The 'bokken' is the wooden practice sword of Japanese martial arts.
bokken for sale online at Amazon Sports & Outdoors

Japanese Sword by KSato  "The Japanese Sword: A Comprehensive Guide" [1983]
by Kanzan Sato, translation by Joe Earle

Kodansha America 10¼x7 hardcover [6/83] for $26.40
Way of the Samurai  "The Way of The Samurai" [1983]
by Richard Storry, with photographs by Werner Forman

Salem House 11½x8½ hardcover [1/86] out of print/used
Putnam hardcover pb [10/83] out of print/used
The Samurai Film  "The Samurai Film" [1984] by Alain Silver
Overlook 10x6¾ pb [6/86] for $11.01
Overlook 10x7¾ pb [10/2006] for $20.40
Overlook hardcover [3/84] for $23.95
Overlook 10x8 hardcover [11/2005] for $34.00
Japanese Swordsmanship Manual  "The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Eishin-Ryu Iaido" [1994]
by Nicklaus Suino

Weatherhill pb [6/94] for $16.47
Legends of the Samurai book by Hiroaki Sato  "Legends of The Samurai" [1995] by Hiroaki Sato
excellent translations of original (mostly historic) material
Kindle Edition from Overlook/Penguin Group [3/2012] for $7.99
Overlook Trade 9x6 pb [3/2012] for $15.80
Overlook 9¼x6 hardcover [11/95] for $26.46
Craft of The Japanese Sword  "The Craft of The Japanese Sword" [1997]
by Leon & Hiroko Kapp and Yoshindo Yoshihara

Kodansha Intl. 10¼x7½ hardcover [7/97] for $23.58
Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook by Thomas Weisser & Yuko Mihara Weisser  "Japanese Cinema: The Essential Handbook" [1998]
by Thomas Weisser & Yuko Mihara Weisser

Vital Books 8¼x5.4 pb [8/98] for $19.36
Code of the Samurai  "Code of The Samurai: A Modern Translation of The Bushido Shoshinsu by Taira Shigesuke" [1999] Translation by Thomas Cleary, illustrated by Oscar Ratti
Tuttle 7¾x5¼ hardcover [7/99] for $10.47
Samurai Weapons & Spirit  "Samurai: The Weapons & Spirit of The Japanese Warrior" [2001]
by Clive Sinclaire

Lyons Press 11x10¼ pb [11/2004] for $14.93
Lyons Press 11¼x10½ hardcover [11/2001] out of print/used
Japanese / 100 Years  "A Hundred Years of Japanese Film" [2002]
by Donald Richie

Kodansha 8.4x7 hardcover [2/2002] for $21.00
Samurai / Illustrated History  "Samurai: An Illustrated History" [2002]
by Mitsuo Kure

Tuttle 12½x9.3 hardcover [5/2002] for $23.77
Iaido Sword / Kamimoto-Ha Techniques  "Iaido Sword: Kamimoto-Ha Techniques of Muso Shinden Ryu" [2003]
by Richard Babin

Paladin Press 11¼x8¾ pb [1/2003] for $32.97
World of the Warrior   "Samurai: The World of The Warrior" [2003]
by Stephen Turnbull

Osprey 9½x7½ pb [6/2006] for $12.89
Osprey 10¼x7¾ hardcover [10/2003] for $22.76
Silver Screen Samurai (posters)  "Silver Screen Samurai: The Best of Japan's Samurai Movie Posters" [2004]
by Cocoro Books of Japan

D.H. Publng 10¼x8 pb [2/2004] for $15.56
Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves Samurai Film Handbook by Patrick Galloway  "Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook" [2005]
by Patrick Galloway

Stone Bridge Press 9x7 pb [5/2005] out of print/used
Chasing Dragons Introduction to the Martial Arts Film book by David West  "Chasing Dragons: An Introduction To The Martial Arts Film" [2006]
by David West

St. Martin / I.B. Tauris 8½x5½ pb [12/2006] for $17.12
Samurai Arms Armor Costume  "Samurai: Arms, Armor, Costume" [2007]
by Mitsuo Kure

Chartwell Books 12x9 hardcover [3/2007] for $14.79
Japanese Period Film book by S.A. Thornton  "The Japanese Period Film: A Critical Analysis" [2007]
by S.A. Thornton, Foreword by Donald Richie

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [10/2007] for $35.95
First Samurai Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado biography by Karl Friday  "The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of The Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado" [2007] by Karl Friday
Kindle Edition from Wiley [2007 edition] for $14.99
Wiley 9½x6½ hardcover [11/2007] for $18.61
Katana Book of Japanese Blades  "Katana: The Book of Japanese Blades" [2007]
seems to be a combination coffee table picture book and a catalog with prices
D.H. Publng 11x8½ hardcover [11/2007] for $19.46
Samurai Films book by Roland Thorne  
"Samurai Films" [2008] by Roland Thorne
Oldcastle Books pb [11/2008] for $11.53
Samurai Film Companion book by Patrick Galloway  "Warring Clans, Flashing Blades: A Samurai Film Companion" [2009]
by Patrick Galloway

Stone Bridge Press 9x7 pb [7/2009] for $19.95
Japan to 1600 Social & Economic History book by William Wayne Farris  "Japan To 1600: A Social and Economic History" [2009]
by William Wayne Farris

Univ Hawaii Press 9x6 pb [7/2009] for $23.58
Univ Hawaii Press 9x6 hardcover [7/2009] for $60.00
The Martial Arts Book by Laura Scandiffio & Nicolas Debon  "The Martial Arts Book" [YA ages 11 & up; 2010]
by Laura Scandiffio, Art by Nicolas Debon

Annick Press 10½x8½ pb [8/2010] for $13.45
Annick Press hardcover [8/2010] out of print/used

"Samurai: The Last Warrior" [Wm. Morrow 2/2014] by John Man
http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-History-John-Man-ebook/dp/B00DB32SL2/
http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-History-John-Man/dp/0062202677/

Samurai  Film  Links

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Japanese movie posters catalog at AllPosters.com
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Foreign Films [dot] com
Kung Fu Cinema website

Samurai / Period Drama Films entry at Wikipedia
Yakuza Films entry at Wikipedia

47 Rônin / Chüshingura Film Festival at Magic Lantern

a really funny samurai movie image (in a new window)

woodcut of samurai with lance

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