Tag: samurai

The Hidden Fortress (1958)

The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Renowned film maker Akira Kurosawa wanted to make a film that would in his words be “a 100% entertainment film, full of thrills and fun". It was his way of repaying Toho Film Studios for backing some of his artier and darker projects such as “Rashomon”. The result was a critical and box office success that became the ...

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Harakiri (1962)

Harakiri (1962)

Adapted by screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto from Yasuhiko Takiguchi’s novel, “Harakiri” is an anti-samurai film of revenge that demoralises authority and demolishes the romanticism associated with the strict bushido code. Trailer http://youtu.be/pRp1tUHpWNs CAST Tatsuya Nakadai plays masterless samurai Hanshiro ...

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Yojimbo (1961)

Yojimbo (1961)

From the cinematic partnership of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune comes Yojimbo, a classic samurai western influenced a generation of actors and filmmakers, and is generally regarded as their finest work. Trailer http://youtu.be/WzFq5hOlZ5s CAST Toshiro Mifune is the centrepiece of this film in his thirteenth ...

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New combat armor arrives from Australia!

New combat armor arrives from Australia!

Martial artists of the ancient world were able to develop a level of comfort with a taking a life that many today would find horrifying. And yet, this stemmed more from the nature of combat at the time than from a personal blood lust. The Samurai of feudal Japan constantly readied themselves to defend their daimyo ...

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