Alain Silver's Samurai Filmographyby 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
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.
3. Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri (1966)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
5. Samurai Wolf II (1967)
72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Kiba is caught in the intrigue between a crooked goldmine owner, a cynical, betrayed swordsman, a manipulative lady and an arrogant dojo master.
8. Kumokiri Nizaemon (1978)
163 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
9. Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Not Rated | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
10. Sword for Hire (1952)
135 min | Action, Drama, Adventure
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 »
11. Miyamoto Musashi (1954)
Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.
12. Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
13. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.
14. Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken (1958)
105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
15. Samurai Saga (1959)
111 min | Action, Drama
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 »
16. Nippon tanjô (1959)
112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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 »
17. Daredevil in the Castle (1961)
95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
19. Chûshingura (1962)
207 min | Action, Drama, History
After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.
22. Abare Gôemon (1966)
101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
24. Samurai Banners (1969)
165 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
25. Machibuse (1970)
Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Drama
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 »
26. Harakiri (1962)
Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History
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.
28. Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama
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.
29. Inochi bô ni furô (1971)
121 min | Crime, Drama
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 »
34. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama
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.
36. Sanjuro (1962)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.
37. Kagemusha (1980)
PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War
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.
39. Samurai Assassin (1965)
122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
42. Red Lion (1969)
115 min | Action, Comedy
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 »
43. Assassination (1964)
104 min | Action, Drama
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.
44. Samurai Spy (1965)
Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama
The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.
47. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964)
83 min | Action, Drama
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 »
49. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)
87 min | Drama
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 »
50. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Satan (1965)
75 min | Action, Drama
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.
51. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsugiri (1964)
86 min | Drama, Mystery
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!
52. Sleepy Eyes of Death: A Trail of Traps (1967)
88 min | Action, Drama
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 »
53. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Hell Is a Woman (1968)
85 min | Drama
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 »
54. Sleepy Eyes of Death: In the Spider's Lair (1968)
81 min | Drama
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 »
59. Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)
Not Rated | 72 min | Action, Adventure
The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers.
60. New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Drama
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.
61. Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Adventure, Action
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.
62. Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl.
63. Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
66. Zatôichi kesshô-tabi (1964)
Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
67. Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)
Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After Zatoichi learns of his sensei's murder he uncovers a horrible conspiracy involving the local government and crime family.
69. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)
Not Rated | 82 min | Drama
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.
70. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
Approved | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action
A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.
71. Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama
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.
72. Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)
Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Drama, Adventure
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.
73. Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
74. Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (1967)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action
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.
75. Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)
Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Action, Adventure
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.
77. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Action, Adventure
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?
79. Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken (1971)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Action, Adventure
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?
80. Zatoichi at Large (1972)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Action, Adventure
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.
81. Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)
Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.