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THE BEST SAMURAI MOVIES EVER [Sorted by year of production]

«Zatoichi challenged» [Zatoichi Chi Kemuri Kaido] 1967.  More details down here, at Comments Section.

«Zatoichi challenged» [Zatoichi Chi Kemuri Kaido] 1967.
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Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa

[1] Musashi Miyamoto 1954 Hiroshi Inagaki
[2] Duel at Ichijoji Temple 1955 Hiroshi Inagaki
[3] Duel at Ganryu Island 1956 Hiroshi Inagaki

Throne of Blood 1957 Akira Kurosawa

The Hidden Fortress 1958 Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo 1961 Akira Kurosawa

Sanjuro 1962 Akira Kurosawa

Harakiri 1962 Masaki Kobayashi

Chushingura 1962 Hiroshi Inagaki

Three Outlaw Samurai 1964 Hideo Gosha

Samurai Assassin 1965 Kihachi Okamoto

The Sword of Doom 1966 Kihachi Okamot

Zatoichi Challenged 1967 Kenji Misumi

Samurai Rebellion 1967 Masaki Kobayashi

Kill! 1968 Kihachi Okamoto

Goyokin 1969 Hideo Gosha

Red Lion 1969 Kihachi Okamoto

Hitokiri (Tenchu) 1969 Hideo Gosha

Killer’s Mission 1969 Shigehiro Ozawa

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo 1970 Kihachi Okamoto

Incident at Blood Pass 1970 Hiroshi Inagaki

Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman 1971 Kimiyoshi Yasuda

Shogun’s Samurai 1978 Kinji Fukasaku

Shogun’s Ninja 1980 Noribumi Suzuki

Kagemusha 1980 Akira Kurosawa

Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa

Owl’s Castle 1999 Masahiro Shinoda

After the Rain (Ame agaru) 1999 Takashi Koizumi

Twilight Samurai 2002 Yôji Yamada

When the Last Sword Is Drawn 2003 Yojiro Takita

The Last Samurai 2003 Edward Zwick

The Hidden Blade 2004 Yôji Yamada

Rurouni Kenshin 2012 Keishi Otomo


agosto 2, 2013 - Posted by | Films [Best Samurai Movies]

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    Director: Kenji Misumi

    Zatoichi Challenged. The seventeenth feature film about Zatoichi the blind masseur & quick-draw swordman is Zatoichi Challenged (Zatoichi chikemurai kaido, literally “Zatoichi’s Spurting Blood Road,” Daiei, 1967).

    It incorporates some elements of the “singing samurai” or musical chambara subgenre, as Ichi travels with a troupe of performers who enjoy singing along the way.

    Pop singer Mie Nakoa plays Miyuki, one of the singers among the travellers. Mie made a shortlived attempt to reach the popsong market in the United States during the British Invasion, doubtless hoping for a Japanese invasion.

    She made an appearance on an episode of the 1966 musical variety series Where the Action Is that regularly featured Paul Revere & the Raiders & top-ten pop stars.

    The attempt to make a new hit covering Kyu Sakamoto’s 1963 international chart-topper “Sukiyaki” really didn’t go over, although in Japan she did make a successful transition from young pop singer to television actress.

    Zatoichi ChallengedShintaro Katsu as Ichi also sings a good yakuza-enka (gangster folksong) in this episode, & he was deservedly a popular enka singer as well as actor.

    There’s plenty of comedy, such as defeating a woman boss by using the iai quickdraw sword to shave her eyebrows off. But as always there’s seriousness to the plot.

    Pornographers have taken captive a timid artist, Shokichi (Takao Ito), forcing him to make shunga prints to pay gambling debts. After the death of a young mother, Ichi becomes the protector of her little boy Ryota & takes him on the road to find his father, who turns out to be the unwilling porno artist.

    Jushiro Konoe plays Tajuro Akatsuka, a generally kind & incredibly intense samurai, but also a shogunate undercover investigator of crime who appears to be devoid of any capacity to forgive criminality.

    Zatoichi ChallengedKonoe had been a leading man earlier in his career & was still getting important roles through the 1960s, having aged into a wonderful character actor with a powerful screen presence similar to that of Toshiro Mifune.

    Tajuro has been sent on a mission that pretty much requires him to kill everyone involved in the manufacture of banned pornography.

    This puts Ichi in a difficult position trying to unite the boy with the father, as he would rather not have Tajuro as an enemy. When they inevitably clash, it’s one of the greatest duels in the entire series, choreographed for poetic, emotional effect.

    When Ichi tosses his sword like a spear in order to save the boy’s father from Tajuro’s henchman, he’s left momentarily unarmed, & Tajuro could have killed him.

    Zatoichi ChallengedBut Tajuro holds back due to Ichi’s purity, leaving everyone alive, in spite of our expectations from his unyielding sternness.

    This is simply a great moment in the story, with an implication that Tajuro & Ichi might meet again someday, & a rare moment when Ichi is able escape at least one cause for his personal overwhelming burden of guilt.

    There’s a sad fillip to the story as Ichi hides from the boy, who liked Ichi better than his never-known father. Both part in tears.

    Zatoichi Challenged began with a script that was merely adequate but with fine acting, with Katsu’s comfortable performance as the humble nurturing hero, with splendid fight choreography & gorgeous cinematography & the important role of Jushiro Konoe in the fine cast. It comes together as a better film than the workmanlike script alone could provide.

    Taken from: http://www.weirdwildrealm.com/f-zatoichi17.html

    Comentario por napoleon03 | agosto 27, 2013

    [Según wikipedia.org en página “Cine de samuráis” 10.17.14, ¡ignora casi todos los filmes “Zatoichi”, de Shintaro Katsu!]

    47 Ronin (1941)
    Jakoman and Tetsu (1949)
    Rashomon (1950)
    Conclusion of Kojiro Sasaki (1951)
    Vendetta for a Samurai (1952)
    Los siete samuráis (1954)
    Samurái (1954)
    Samurái 2 (1955)
    Samurái 3 (1956)
    Trono de sangre (1957)
    La fortaleza escondida (1958)
    Samurai Saga (1959)
    The Gambling Samurai (1960)
    Yojimbo (1961)
    Sanjuro (1962)
    Harakiri (1962)
    Chushingura (1962)
    Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
    Samurai Assassin o Samurái (1965)
    Sugata Sanshiro (1965)
    La espada del mal (1966)
    The Adv. of Kigan Castle (1966)
    Samurai Rebellion (1967)
    Samurai Banners (1969)
    Red Lion (1969)
    Band of Assassins (1969)
    Goyokin (1969)
    Hitokiri (Tenchu) (1969)
    Watch Out Crimson Bat (1969)
    Mission: Iron Castle (1970)
    Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
    The Ambitious (1970)
    Incident at Blood Pass (1970)
    Intrigue of the Yagyu Clan (1977)
    Kagemusha (1980)
    Legend of the Eight Samurai (1984)
    Ran (1985)
    Zatôichi 26 (1989)
    El Cielo y la tierra (1991)
    Ninja Scroll (1993)
    Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen (1999) El ocaso del samurái (2002)
    La espada del samurái (2003)
    Zatoichi (2003)
    El último samurái (2003)
    La espada oculta (2004)
    Love and Honor (2006)
    13 asesinos (2011)

    Comentario por napoleon03 | octubre 18, 2014


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