Alain Silver's Samurai Filmography

by debaser_1985 | created - 06 Mar 2013 | updated - 07 Mar 2013 | Public

The complete filmography from Alain Silver's The Samurai Film (1983 edition).

Starts with filmographies of major directors (Hideo Gosha, Hiroshi Inagaki, Masaki Kobayashi, Akira Kurosawa, Kihachi Okamoto, Masahiro Shinoda), then series filmographies (Kyoshiro Nemuri, Zatoichi, The Crimson Bat), then chronology of other samurai films (1950-1982).

Films which appear to be missing from IMDB:

Oabara Hapyaku-Yacho (Kunio Watanabe, 1959) The Thief is Shogun's Kinsman (Tomu Uchida, 1959) - no original title given Kenka Fuji (Kunio Watanabe, 1961) Nazano Nanairo Goten (Ko Sasaki, 1961)

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1. Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijirô Hira, Miyuki Kuwano

Votes: 2,217

2. Sword of the Beast (1965)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama

7.6
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After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Mikijirô Hira, Gô Katô, Shima Iwashita, Toshie Kimura

Votes: 1,998

3. Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri (1966)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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Loyal samurai Samanosuke is attacked, mutilated, and left for dead while carrying out a mission for his clan. He recovers but has lost an eye and an arm. Taking a new identity as Tange ... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Bin Amatsu, Keiko Awaji, Takuya Fujioka, Kiyoshi Hitomi

Votes: 243

4. Samurai Wolf (1966)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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A charismatic ronin gets snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ryôhei Uchida, Junko Miyazono, Tatsuo Endô

Votes: 439

5. Samurai Wolf II (1967)

72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Kiba is caught in the intrigue between a crooked goldmine owner, a cynical, betrayed swordsman, a manipulative lady and an arrogant dojo master.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ichirô Nakatani, Bin Amatsu, Yûko Kusunoki

Votes: 283

6. Goyôkin (1969)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa, Ruriko Asaoka

Votes: 1,612

7. Hitokiri (1969)

140 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yukio Mishima, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 746

8. Kumokiri Nizaemon (1978)

163 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Shima Iwashita, Keiko Matsuzaka

Votes: 261

9. Hunter in the Dark (1979)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan ... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yoshio Harada, Ayumi Ishida

Votes: 326

10. Sword for Hire (1952)

135 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

7.4
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Soldiers Hayatenosuke Sasa and Kagami Yaheiji leave their besieged castle on a secret mission into the enemy camp. Hayatenosuke has left behind his lover, Kano. In the camp, Hayatenosuke is... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Rentarô Mikuni, Danshirô Ichikawa, Shirley Yamaguchi

Votes: 72

11. Miyamoto Musashi (1954)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.6
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Rentarô Mikuni, Kurôemon Onoe

Votes: 6,392

12. Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.5
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Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa

Votes: 4,630

13. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.7
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Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa

Votes: 4,591

14. Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken (1958)

105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Toshirô Mifune, Nobuko Otowa, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 58

15. Samurai Saga (1959)

111 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akira Takarada, Keiko Awaji

Votes: 252

16. Nippon tanjô (1959)

112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh's son Ouso expects to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, prefers Ouso's ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akihiko Hirata, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 171

17. Daredevil in the Castle (1961)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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Mohei is a wandering swordsman. He arrives in the city of Osaka, where the Toyotomi clan accepts him and comes to depend upon his courage and his battlefield skills. Those skills are sorely... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Kyôko Kagawa, Yuriko Hoshi, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 87

18. Yato kaze no naka o hashiru (1961)

111 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Makoto Satô, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Izumi Yukimura

Votes: 7

19. Chûshingura (1962)

207 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Chûsha Ichikawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akira Takarada

Votes: 1,669

20. Hiken (1963)

108 min | Action

7.2
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Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Kôshirô Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Nagato, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Junko Ikeuchi

Votes: 13

21. Shikonmado - Dai tatsumaki (1964)

108 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.1
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After defeat at the Siege of Osaka several survivors attempt to deliver a young prince to safety.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Makoto Satô, Yuriko Hoshi, Kumi Mizuno

Votes: 67

22. Abare Gôemon (1966)

101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Farmer Abare Goemon is confronted by brigand-like samurai. He raises an army of farmers to fight them and does so brilliantly. When Lord Asakura sees the success Goemon has achieved, he ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Nobuko Otowa, Makoto Satô, Ryô Tamura

Votes: 77

23. Sasaki Kojiro (1967)

152 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Hideyo Amamoto, Yuriko Hoshi, Kenjirô Ishiyama, Tatsuya Mihashi

Votes: 46

24. Samurai Banners (1969)

165 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Sakuma, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 529

25. Machibuse (1970)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûjirô Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka, Shintarô Katsu

Votes: 689

26. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 21,808

27. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 11,516

28. Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

8.4
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The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô, Tatsuyoshi Ehara

Votes: 8,350

29. Inochi bô ni furô (1971)

121 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers ... See full summary »

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai, Kan'emon Nakamura

Votes: 297

30. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)

59 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Ken'ichi Enomoto, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 2,656

31. Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 117,421

32. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 256,020 | Gross: $0.27M

33. Throne of Blood (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.1
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 35,868

34. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara

Votes: 26,833

35. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 84,195

36. Sanjuro (1962)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 23,155

37. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

Votes: 26,155

38. Sengoku yarô (1963)

98 min | Drama

6.8
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A lone masterless warrior with some new friends helps ship 300 rifles to a Japanese warlord during the sengoku period.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Yuriko Hoshi, Makoto Satô, Ichirô Nakatani

Votes: 88

39. Samurai Assassin (1965)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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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 ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 1,572

40. The Sword of Doom (1966)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Naitô

Votes: 7,636

41. Kill! (1968)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Yuriko Hoshi, Tadao Nakamaru

Votes: 2,064

42. Red Lion (1969)

115 min | Action, Comedy

7.1
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Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shima Iwashita, Etsushi Takahashi, Minori Terada

Votes: 553

43. Assassination (1964)

104 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Shima Iwashita, Eiji Okada, Isao Kimura

Votes: 658

44. Samurai Spy (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi, Minoru Hodaka

Votes: 1,238

45. Double Suicide (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Tokie Hidari

Votes: 1,648

46. Buraikan (1970)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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An outlaw pushes the residents of Edo's red light district to rebel against a growing number of stifling, moralistic laws.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Shima Iwashita, Shôichi Ozawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 172

47. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964)

83 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series sees the orphan swordsman wander into a town and stumble upon the opportunity to conduct righteous deeds. With the smaller acts of kindness aside ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôichi Aihara, San'emon Arashi, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 157

48. Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Mask of the Princess (1966)

85 min | Drama

6.8
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Princess Kiku, Shogun's daughter, wants revenge on Nemuri Kyoshiro for embarrassing her.

Director: Akira Inoue | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yaeko Mizutani, Ichirô Nakatani, Keiko Kayama

Votes: 72

49. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)

87 min | Drama

7.1
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the quite reluctant hero refuse to come to the assistance of a Japanese Christian in an age of both proselytizing and persecution, but later ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Ai, Akira Amemiya, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 122

50. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Satan (1965)

75 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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Tsurumatsu, a young boy, is supposed to be a new Lord but he's not really interested, he would rather be a carpenter. So he gets kidnapped and it's up to Nemuri Kyoshiro to save him.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Saga, Machiko Hasegawa, Masako Aboshi

Votes: 76

51. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsugiri (1964)

86 min | Drama, Mystery

6.8
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Kyoshiro demonstrates his skill by slicing the clothes from the body of a female opponent, and gets involved in a plot that could spell his doom!

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kyooko Azuma, Ryônosuke Azuma, Saburô Date

Votes: 117

52. Sleepy Eyes of Death: A Trail of Traps (1967)

88 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the hero talked into escorting a precious religious artifact to Kyoto, Japan. A sect of Christian swordsmen are lying in wait to steal the ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Nobuo Kaneko, Toshio Kimura, Haruko Wanibuchi

Votes: 60

53. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Hell Is a Woman (1968)

85 min | Drama

7.1
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Two devious retainers are competing to take control of a fief when the current Lord dies, but involving Kyoshiro in the conflict against his will is the textbook example of a bad idea - ... See full summary »

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Miwa Takada, Yaeko Mizutani, Takahiro Tamura

Votes: 63

54. Sleepy Eyes of Death: In the Spider's Lair (1968)

81 min | Drama

6.9
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series finds the anti-hero in an area where the locals are oppressed, suppressed and held against their wills. Part of the coercive forces trace back to ... See full summary »

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Mako Midori, Maka Sarijo, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 51

55. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Castle Menagerie (1969)

82 min | Drama

6.8
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Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Naoko Kubo, Shiho Fujimura, Shinjirô Ebara

Votes: 52

56. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)

82 min

6.2
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Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Tomomi Satô, Sanae Nakahara, Machiko Hasegawa

Votes: 31

57. Nemuri Kyoshiro manji giri (1969)

88 min | Drama

5.4
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Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Yôko Namikawa, Kikko Matsuoka, Masakazu Tamura

Votes: 19

58. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 3,803

59. Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)

Not Rated | 72 min | Action, Adventure

7.3
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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yaeko Mizutani, Masayo Banri, Tomisaburô Wakayama

Votes: 1,640

60. New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Seizaburô Kawazu, Fujio Suga

Votes: 1,319

61. Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.3
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A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Miwa Takada, Masayo Banri, Jun'ichirô Narita

Votes: 1,147

62. Zatoichi on the Road (1963)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Ryûzô Shimada, Reiko Fujiwara

Votes: 1,150

63. Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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After being wounded in a fight, Zatoichi is nursed to health by a young woman and her father. Now indebted to the family, he works to protect their ferry business from local thugs.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuo Endô, Takashi Etajima, Ryûtarô Gomi

Votes: 979

64. Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shôgo Shimada, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Machiko Hasegawa

Votes: 1,050

65. Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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The blind swordsman tries to locate a girl's missing father.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Miwa Takada, Eiko Taki, Kichijirô Ueda

Votes: 863

66. Zatôichi kesshô-tabi (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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When Zatoichi witnesses the murder of a young mother he promises to deliver the baby to the father. Along the way he gains the help of a reluctant criminal.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Saburô Date, Nobuo Kaneko, Yoshi Katô

Votes: 1,111

67. Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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After Zatoichi learns of his sensei's murder he uncovers a horrible conspiracy involving the local government and crime family.

Director: Akira Inoue | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Norihei Miki, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Takeshi Katô

Votes: 879

68. Zatoichi sakate giri (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, searches for proof an imprisoned man's innocence.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kanbi Fujiyama, Eiko Taki, Masako Akeboshi

Votes: 780

69. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi's trek through 88 temples to atone for his violent past is interrupted as he stumbles into a village terrorized by a violent yakuza boss.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Michiyo Ohkusu, Kunie Tanaka, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 624

70. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.5
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A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikio Narita, Chizu Hayashi, Kaneko Iwasaki

Votes: 953

71. Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

7.5
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Promising to make a delivery for a dying man, the blind swordsman Zatoichi comes across the usual crime gangs but also meets a blind monk who brings into question his use of violence.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shigeru Amachi, Jun Hamamura, Gen Kimura

Votes: 707

72. Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

7.7
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Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Makoto Fujita

Votes: 789

73. Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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In a town where debt-ridden peasants are being ruthlessly exploited, Zatoichi is forced to take sides between a cruel yakuza boss and his seemingly altruistic rival.

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Kô Nishimura, Yuko Hamada

Votes: 782

74. Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.7
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After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Jûshirô Konoe, Miwa Takada, Yukiji Asaoka

Votes: 858

75. Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.4
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Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killing a man. Realizing his mistake, he sets out to protect the dead man's sister, who is conflicted in accepting his help.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yoshiko Mita, Makoto Satô, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 750

76. Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.5
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Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kayo Mikimoto, Kyôsuke Machida, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 748

77. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.1
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Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shintarô Katsu, Ayako Wakao, Osamu Takizawa

Votes: 1,933

78. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.5
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Zatoichi meets an infamous blind leader of a gangster organization as he contends with a gloomy ronin widower.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 906

79. Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken (1971)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.3
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Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart?

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yu Wang, Watako Hamaki, Michie Terada

Votes: 1,028

80. Zatoichi at Large (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.2
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On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and delivers the child moments before she passes. Honor bound, he sets out to find the next-of-kin who he discovers have their own problems.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Hisaya Morishige, Etsushi Takahashi

Votes: 628

81. Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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After accidentally causing an old lady's death, Zatoichi seeks out her daughter to atone for the tragedy, consequently getting into all sorts of trouble.

Director: Shintarô Katsu | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kiwako Taichi, Kyoko Yoshizawa, Yasuhiro Koume

Votes: 654

82. Mekura no oichi monogatari: Makkana nagaradori (1969)

88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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A young blind girl is abandoned by her mother. When her guardian is killed, she learns to wield a sword from a traveling "Ronin". She travels to seek her mother and her revenge.

Director: Sadatsugu Matsuda | Stars: Yôko Matsuyama, Chizuko Arai, Jun Tatara, Shin'ichi Yanagisawa

Votes: 92

83. Trapped, the Crimson Bat (1972)

87 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

6.6
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Director: Sadatsugu Matsuda | Stars: Yôko Matsuyama, Kikko Matsuoka, Yasunori Irikawa, Tôru Abe

Votes: 38

84. Watch Out, Crimson Bat! (1969)

87 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

6.3
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Director: Hirokazu Ichimura | Stars: Yôko Matsuyama, Gorô Ibuki, Jun Hamamura, Tamayo Mitsukawa

Votes: 38

85. Mekurano Oichi inochi moraimasu (1970)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Director: Hirokazu Ichimura | Stars: Yûki Meguro, Shinji Hotta, Hitoshi Ômae, Jun Tazaki

Votes: 32

86. Kunisada Chûji (1957)

101 min

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Director: Seiichi Fukuda | Stars: Yûnosuke Itô, Michiko Saga, Kôkichi Takada

87. Orizuru sandogasa (1957)

100 min

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Director: Seiichi Fukuda | Stars: Michiya Mihashi, Michiko Saga, Kôkichi Takada

88. Chiyari Fuji (1955)

94 min | Adventure, Drama

7.7
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A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Chiezô Kataoka, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa, Yuriko Tashiro

Votes: 390

89. Ginda jumon (1957)

98 min

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Director: Seiichi Fukuda | Stars: Kôkichi Takada, Michiko Saga, Junzaburô Ban, Kimiko Fukuda

90. Kuroda sodo (1956)

109 min | Action

6.6
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Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Chiaki Tsukioka, Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Mitsuko Miura, Hizuru Takachiho

Votes: 8

91. Ten no me (1957)

129 min

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Director: Tatsuo Ôsone | Stars: Kôkichi Takada, Mieko Takamine, Takahiro Tamura, Michiko Saga

92. Momotarô-zamurai (1957)

87 min

6.8
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yôko Uraji, Seizaburô Kawazu, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 12

94. Gate of Hell (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.

Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Kazuo Hasegawa, Isao Yamagata, Yatarô Kurokawa

Votes: 2,413

95. Matsuri-ni kieta otoko (1956)

60 min

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Director: Ryosuke Kurahashi | Stars: Yataro Kitagami, Kyoko Kami, Keiko Yukishiro

96. Dai Chûshingura (1957)

157 min | Adventure, Action, Drama

6.2
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Director: Tatsuo Ôsone | Stars: Ineko Arima, Junzaburô Ban, Minosuke Bandô, Danko Ichikawa

Votes: 30

97. Miyamoto Musashi (1968)

84 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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Director: Yasuo Kohata | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 14

98. Kyoraku gonin otoko (1956)

101 min

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Director: Tatsuo Ôsone | Stars: Jûshirô Konoe, Kôkichi Takada, Takahiro Tamura

99. Samurai Nippon (1957)

105 min

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Director: Tatsuo Ôsone | Stars: Takahiro Tamura, Hizuru Takachiho, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Isuzu Yamada

100. Bentenyasha (1956)

84 min

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Director: Tatsuo Sakai | Stars: Mieko Takamine, Katsuo Nakamura, Akiko Koyama, Kôkichi Takada