14 movies

47 Ronin

December 25, 2013

Kai—an outcast—joins Oishi, the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honour to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

Shogun Assassin

November 11, 1980

A Shogun who grew paranoid as he became senile sent his ninjas to kill his samurai. They failed but did kill the samurai’s wife. The samurai swore to avenge the death of his wife and roams the countryside with his toddler son in search of vengeance.

Caffeine

March 16, 2007

A fanciful battle of the sexes ensues when the relationships of the staff and patrons of a quirky London café are unexpectedly turned upside down by sudden revelations of terribly embarrassing secrets having to do with their sexual misadventures.

Sword of the Beast

September 18, 1965

Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha's Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades then turn on him, and this betrayal so shakes his sense of honor that he decides to live in the wild, like an animal. There he joins up with a motley group who are illegally mining the shogun’s gold, and, with the aid of another swordsman, gets a chance not just at survival but to recover his name and honor.

The Shogun's Samurai

December 7, 1984

Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and birthmark which undermine his respect. Iemitsu and his brother Tadanaga become bitter rivals for the shogunate, and the land is split into factions, eventually erupting into warfare. Iemitsu's mentor, his fencing instructor Yagyu, is fixated upon securing Iemitsu the shogunate and ends up betraying everyone, even his own family, in pursuit of the goal.

Unforgiven

September 13, 2013

Set in Hokkaido, Japan in the 1880s. Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe), who is on the side of the Edo shogunate government, kills many people. His name is infamous in Kyoto. When the battle at Goryoukaku is about to be finished, Jubei disappears. 10 years later, Jubei lives with his kid in relative peace. He is barely able to make a living. Protecting his dead wife's grave, Jubei has decided to never pick up a sword again, but due to poverty he has no choice but to pick the sword again. Jubei becomes a bounty hunter.

Fearless Edo-period police inspector Hanzo Itami, nicknamed The Razor, has developed his own unique way of extracting information for his inquiries. His first adventure sees him investigating his superior officer's mistress, whom he suspects of having ties with a reputed criminal on the loose.

Shogun's Ninja

November 15, 1980

In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan. He sends his war commander in search of the clan's hidden gold only to find that two daggers are the key to the hiding place of the treasured gold. Spanning decades, the quest for the missing daggers takes Shiranui through war and ancient tradition.

Capricious Young Man

July 1, 1936

A samurai is ordered by his lord to go to Edo and investigate the truth behind the rumor of a rebellion against him.

Demon Spies

January 1, 1974

Deep in the mountains of feudal Japan, a group of children endure cruel and unorthodox training in order to become the Shogunate's most secret and deadly weapons - the Demon Spies! Their true identities are hidden - even from each other. Behind their demon masks, they are educated in the deadly arts of infiltration, espionage, assassination - and seduction! If they survive to become strong enough to kill their teachers, they will become - the Demon Spies! Sent on a suicide mission to uncover a deadly conspiracy, five inexperienced Demon Spies must infiltrate a powerful fief, discover the location of its secret arsenal, and destroy it. But Lord Shogen, the Demon Hunter, plans to brutally interrogate, ingeniously torture, and cruelly execute - the Demon Spies!

Magistrate Mayuzumi

June 4, 1995

In a story set during the latter days of the Tokugawa Era, the tensions rise between the 'royalists' and those struggling to uphold the Shogunate. The most modern 'Gatling Gun' has been stolen from its warehouse in Edo Castle by burglars targeting the very Shogun himself, Tokugawa Ieyoshi (Oide Shun in a masterful performance). Leading the investigation is the newly appointed chief magistrate of the Arson & Robbery Division, Mayazumi Kuranosuke (Takahashi Hideki, in a powerful role). Takahashi Hideki stars as the manly, mounted magistrate! This brawny, tremendous sword fight drama is geared towards an adult audience. Co-starring Meguro Yuuki ("Omi" in Shogun mini-series), younger brother of superstar, Matsukata Hiroki. And son of screen-legend Konoe Jushiro!

The Acrobats of Death

June 2, 1959

Saotome, a sword master and guard of the Shogunate, pursues the mystery of a deadly aerial weapon that is responsible for the multiple deaths in town.

The film has two parts, the first (Heaven Scroll) directed by Masahiro Makino and the second (Earth Scroll) directed by Tomiyasu Ikeda. The two parts have different crew but pretty much the same cast. The film is a big budget prestige film produced by Nikkatsu in 1938. In 1937, after Japanese film industry's transition to sound, most independent studios founded by those famous jidaigeki superstars dissolved (including Bantsuma's, Chiezo Kataoka's as well as Kanjuro Arashi's) and they all joined Nikkatsu (on the other hand, Denjiro Okochi was lured away from Nikkatsu by PCL/Toho). So the next year, Nikkatsu made this prestige film starring four of the industry's biggest jidaigeki stars. And the subject is naturally Chushingura.

The Shogun

December 21, 2008

With cunning and courage the japanese warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu managed to unify Japan after 150 years of civil war.

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