My Favorite Samurai Movies

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The Hidden Fortress (The Criterion Collection)
1.  The Hidden Fortress (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
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  "One of the influences on Star Wars.  This movie is amazingly original."
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Rashomon (The Criterion Collection)
2.  Rashomon (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
The list author says:
  "If events seem familiar, it's because so many movies stole their ideas from this masterpiece."
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Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection Spine #2)
3.  Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection Spine #2) 
The list author says:
  "Kurosawa was inspired by westerns and in turn, his movies inspired Western directors.  This one was copied to make The Magnificent Seven."
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Ran (Masterworks Edition)
4.  Ran (Masterworks Edition) DVD ~ Tatsuya Nakadai
The list author says:
  "Kurosawa also was inspired by Shakespeare and, for my money; this is the best adaptation, taken from King Lear."
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Sanjuro (The Criterion Collection)
5.  Sanjuro (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
The list author says:
  "I found this one even better than Yojimbo, which this is a sequal to.  Mifune is less cynical as he spends his time teaching nine young samurai how to survive the tight situation they."
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Yojimbo (The Criterion Collection)
6.  Yojimbo (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
The list author says:
  "A ronin sells his services to the highest bidder.  Inspiration for Firstful of Dollars."
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Throne of Blood (The Criterion Collection)
7.  Throne of Blood (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
The list author says:
  "An adaptation of Macbeth that is handled beautifully by Kurosawa."
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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 1 - The Tale of Zatoichi
8.  Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 1 - The Tale of Zatoichi DVD ~ Shintarô Katsu
The list author says:
  "The blind swordsman uses his unmatched skills to end a mob war."
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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 2 - The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
9.  Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 2 - The Tale of Zatoichi Continues DVD ~ Shintarô Katsu
The list author says:
  "Ichi discovers a lord's secret that makes him a marked man.  Staying alive proves difficult as an old rival enters the fray."
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Zatoichi, Episode 4: The Fugitive
10.  Zatoichi, Episode 4: The Fugitive DVD ~ Shintarô Katsu
The list author says:
  "Ichi's old love is married to a samurai who is brought in to kill him."
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Lone Wolf and Cub - Sword of Vengeance [VHS]
11.  Lone Wolf and Cub - Sword of Vengeance [VHS] VHS Tomisaburô Wakayama
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  "First of an amazing series that rivals the Zatoichi series in stylistic brilliance."
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Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto - Criterion Collection
12.  Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto - Criterion Collection DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
The list author says:
  "First of the brilliant Samurai trilogy.  It tells of a peasant's blossoming from a brash hothead to a thoughtful samurai."
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Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (The Criterion Collection)
13.  Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
The list author says:
  "I feel this one is even better than the first.  With the preliminaries out of the way, the true story begins."
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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island - Criterion Collection
14.  Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island - Criterion Collection DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
The list author says:
  "Possibly the only trilogy where the last movie is the best."
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Chushingura
15.  Chushingura DVD ~ Yûzô Kayama
The list author says:
  "The tale of 47 samurai who plot revenge after their master is manipulated into committing suicide and they are left in disgrace."
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The 47 Ronin: Parts 1 & 2
16.  The 47 Ronin: Parts 1 & 2 DVD ~ Chôjûrô Kawarasaki
The list author says:
  "A very intelligent version of the same real life story that Chushingura deals with.  Less violent, but brilliantly handled."
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Sword of Doom [VHS]
17.  Sword of Doom [VHS] VHS Tatsuya Nakadai
The list author says:
  "The story of a samurai who uses his talent with a sword as an excuse to indulge his desires."
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Samurai Rebellion [VHS]
18.  Samurai Rebellion [VHS] VHS Toshirô Mifune
The list author says:
  "A samurai takes a stand against the unjust decision of his lord.  Builds up tension until the last explosive fight."
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Harakiri [VHS]
19.  Harakiri [VHS] VHS Tatsuya Nakadai
The list author says:
  "A family is destroyed by the rigid structure of Japanese society."
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Sansho the Bailiff [VHS]
20.  Sansho the Bailiff [VHS] VHS Kinuyo Tanaka
The list author says:
  "Not really a samurai movie but it is truly beautiful and shows the lives of peasants in those times."
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Any where I can find this cheaper? 2 Jun 10, 2014
Has anyone compared a Criterion DVD to one of the new Janus "Art House Essentials" releases? 2 May 9, 2013
seven samurai blu-ray criterion collection 7 Jan 20, 2012
the sword of doom. 1 Jan 21, 2011
Region Free? 1 Jan 3, 2011
why has the price gone up- cheaper @criterion.com 0 Aug 20, 2010
Try the older English subtitles! 0 Jul 4, 2010
Should I wait for Blu-ray Edition? 3 Mar 29, 2010
Lionsgate Ran Blu-ray 1 Jan 30, 2010
Kurosawa's BOXSET 2 Nov 22, 2009
Blu-Ray release cancelled 2 Jul 6, 2009
King Lear necessitates it's own genius 0 May 3, 2008
 
   

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