Favorite Samurai/Ninja movies

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I was just looking around the net for a few new movies, preferably the older Japanese versions and realized there are way more than I had ever thought. I own "Seven Samurai", "Sword of Doom", "Samurai 1" and "Yojimbo", all awesome! I was really wanting to get some good ones but would hate to buy a stupid movie. Can anyone suggest any good Samurai/Ninja movies. What are your favorites? So far "Seven Samurai" is a must have for anyone. Excellent movie that gets better everytime I see it.
 

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Sanjuro with Toshiro Mufune
Ran by Akira Kurosawa
Throne of Blood by Akira Kurosawa
Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa
Samurai Rebellion with Toshiro Mufune
Hidden Fortress by Akira Kurosawa (supposedly the base story for Star Wars A New Hope)
Samurai Assassin with Toshiro Mifune
Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa
Shogun the original mini series (believe it or not I think it's not that bad at all)
Zat繫ichi: The Blind Swordsman (2003) starring and dir. by Takeshi Kitano (the musical number is woefully distracting at the end but nonetheless a great film).

Those I own and I apologize for gratituous bias for films by Kurosawa and/or starring Mifune. The ones in bold are personal favorites.
 

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I've seen bits and pieces of "Shogun" when it first aired on television back in the early 80's. I liked what I saw back then, though I was still a kid. I'll have to rent the DVDs and watch the rest of it.
 

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Swordlady said:
I've seen bits and pieces of "Shogun" when it first aired on television back in the early 80's. I liked what I saw back then, though I was still a kid. I'll have to rent the DVDs and watch the rest of it.

I didnt find Shogun particularly impressive.

I have a decently large collection of old Samurai/Ninja Films... some of my Favorites:

Samuari I, II, & III (much more drama than action)
Seven Samurai
Yojimbo
Sanjuro (the "sequal" to yojimbo)
Chushingura (classic 43 ronin story)
Kagemusha (SP?)
Shinobi No Mono (I still say these movies are what started the ninja craze)
Zoku Shinobi No Mono
Owls Castle (not so old, but a great ninja flick)
Red Shadow (again not so old, but a fun ninja comedy)
Heaven and Earth (Not the american film, the samurai flick)

I buy a lot of asian cinema, some films better than others, from a place in CA that imports from China, Japan and Korea... good selections!
 

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I notice that no one has mentioned "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise. :p
 

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Swordlady said:
I notice that no one has mentioned "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise. :p
Well he DID request titles of "older" movies... Though that one wasn't too bad at all. Actually kinda sad movie about that a whole era was literally forced out of existence or put into obscurity so that the country could move forward with the rest of the world.
 
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Swordlady said:
I notice that no one has mentioned "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise. :p

That movie is okay but it's too fast and you can't really discern any techniques in any of the fights. The two duels with the bokken were my favorite parts. Has anyone seen the "49 Ronin", name?
 

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soul_sword34 said:
That movie is okay but it's too fast and you can't really discern any techniques in any of the fights. The two duels with the bokken were my favorite parts. Has anyone seen the "49 Ronin", name?
You're two Ronin too many, it was Genroku chushingura (1941) aka "The 47 Ronin" which was remade as Chushingura - Hana no maki yuki no maki (1962)
aka "The Loyal 47 Ronin" and as Shijushichinin no shikaku (1994) aka "47 Ronin"
(source imdb.com)
I saw the original '41 version... (yawn). It's supposed to be a true story.
 

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If you liked Yojimbo, you have to get Sanjuro as others have reccomended.

And shouldn't you have started this thread in the rec room?
 

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You have to love Yojimbo. While this next one is technically not a Samurai/Ninja movie it is more Japanese myth and ghost stories. I just
have to say that my favorite Japanese movie is Kwaiden! It has four
distinct ghost stories in it and some Samurai stuff in the background. This movie is simply awesome!

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Moderator's note:

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47 Ronin, yes! Sorry about the thread Moderator. I'm still learning the customs of this Dojo. LOL!! So the first '41 Ronin movie is a yawn huh? I loved Toshiro Mifune in Sanjuro and in my opinion has the best sword scene ever. The scene where he faces 8 attackers. Yojimbo, everytime I watch that movie I get more out of it. Toshiro Mifune is so amusing to watch. "7 Samurai" so far is the best. I've never seen a Japanese Ninja movie and was wondering how they compare to American crap? Although I must admit I still love to watch "Pray for Death" and "Ninja 3: Domination". Anyone seen "American Samurai"? I always liked that one.
 

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soul_sword34 said:
47 Ronin, yes! Sorry about the thread Moderator. I'm still learning the customs of this Dojo. LOL!! So the first '41 Ronin movie is a yawn huh? I loved Toshiro Mifune in Sanjuro and in my opinion has the best sword scene ever. The scene where he faces 8 attackers. Yojimbo, everytime I watch that movie I get more out of it. Toshiro Mifune is so amusing to watch. "7 Samurai" so far is the best. I've never seen a Japanese Ninja movie and was wondering how they compare to American crap? Although I must admit I still love to watch "Pray for Death" and "Ninja 3: Domination". Anyone seen "American Samurai"? I always liked that one.
Well if you don't know already... Yojimbo (1961) was the inspiration for the Clint Eastwood star-maker "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964). It gives insight to the brilliance of Kurosawa and the masterful performance of Mifune. With Sanjuro I always loved the sword fight in the end. It was over at the draw of the swords.
 

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soul_sword34 said:
I've never seen a Japanese Ninja movie and was wondering how they compare to American crap? Although I must admit I still love to watch "Pray for Death" and "Ninja 3: Domination".

It depends on the movie. Check out Shinobi No Mono... much more serious than american ninja films, more like a Yojimbo type film. Owls Castle is another good, serious Ninja flick from Japan... if you want something campy like the american ones... I can reccomend a few of those too.
 

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Touch Of Death said:
"Nine and 1/2 Ninjas" is suprisingly entertaining.
Sean

Nah... it doesnt hold a candle to "Ninja Acadamy", although I liked the Mom ninja's shuriken earrings.
 

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For me, Yojimbo hands down. It's actually based on a story by Raymond Chandler.

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Yeah I have Seven Samurai as well...Great flick......I also have all four pieces of Shogun on DVD. I watch it every so often.
 
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