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Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (2008)

Tetsuro Tanba , Teruo Ishii  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tetsuro Tanba
  • Directors: Teruo Ishii
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Discotek Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00118SUJ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,185 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight" on IMDb

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Japanese cult movie guru Teruo Ishii (HORROR OF MALFORMED MEN; BLIND WOMAN'S CURSE) directs this deranged, over-the-top adaptation from the original manga by Kazuo Koike (creator of LONE WOLF AND CUB, LADY SNOWBLOOD and RAZOR HANZO) about a privileged samurai gang in charge of recruiting women for prostitution in old Edo's pleasure quarter. It's a perfect match for unapologetically decadent, phantasmagorical, softcore sex and bloody, sword-swinging sadism. Fascinating, brilliant and amoral, a tour through an ancient subculture obsessed with cruel, violent death and cruel, violent sex. Tetsuro Tanba (ZERO WOMAN: RED HANDCUFFS, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE) is a standout as the hardboiled mercenary swordsman caught in the middle between the sex slave business, the corrupt Shogunate and rival gangs. When he goes into action, blood sprays, and heads and limbs fly!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teruo Ishii's Psychotic Sex And Violence Opera! August 22, 2010
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No other director could touch the demented terrain of Teruo Ishii's cinescapes, not even Seijun Suzuki or Kinji Fukasaku, and that speaks volumes about his works. This one's an operatic, over-sexed Edo period piece starring Tetsuro Tanba as a nihilistic, lone wolf Ronin alternately in alliance and then at odds with the Bohachi, a degenerate clan of amoral samurai dedicated to vice, specifically opium traffic and sex slavery.

Not even law enforcement or local government will go up against the Bohachi, and Tanba is a 'guest' among their leader, who has him executing operators of brothels who don't pay retribution as well as local law and yakuza that get in his way. Slayings rack up like lights and bells on a pinball machine; blood spray colors the night skies, bodies fall like leaves in October, but Tanba grows weary of all this. "To die is Hell, but to live is also Hell" he believes, but life and death do go on.

The Bohachi leader has female assassins follow Tanba around as additional protection, and they fight naked always, or so it would appear. I've never seen so many beautiful Asian breasts adorning one movie in my life. It's a beautiful thing to behold. The amount of nudity and violence is unparalleled and the low-budget indoor sets with psychedelic lighting make for a phantasmagorically decadent fever dream that you won't soon forget. Forget the 'Forgotten Eight'? Not bloody likely...
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets! December 2, 2008
An amazing amount of breasts, wonderful gore, a cool as Hell killer and a tongue in cheek attitude about the whole thing. What more could a trash fan want? This is even better than the trailer!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm. Swords, Nudity and Spurting Blood April 6, 2008
I own this film and it is excessive and brutal and sadistic, to be sure. It also has some really beautiful moments including the opening stylized title sequence. Tamba is reported to have never turned down a film in the course of his career (Asian Michael Caine,) which probably explains why he is in this. Teruo Ishii is a gifted film maker, possessing a unique and overly modulated style. While initially off-putting, the story eventually becomes interesting with regard to Tanba's plight. Two stars for the sqeemish, four stars for Japanese sword-fu fans.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie March 9, 2009
I had expected this movie to be like american "b" movies, so horrible that it was funny, but it actually turned out to be fun movie. There is A LOT of nudity(not that I'm complaining)practically every other frame..The flying heads will have you laughing,they just fly too perfectly in the air. Will you find well developed characters here? NO. A backstory to explain the main characters plight? NO.A reason why that old man has to talk so slowly? No, definitely not, but you will be entertained.And you will soon want your own group of female guards/girlfriends/assassins as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to meet you.. April 1, 2011
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I'm so glad to have picked up this film. Yes, flying limbs and blood splattering.. decapitation and nudity. If you like LWC series you will enjoy this film. I plan on watching this film again soon. On the lines of Shadow Hunters, yet better imo. Cheers and happy slashing!
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