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reviewed Blade of the Immortal- Complete Colle.... May 26, 2013
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Blade of the Immortal- Compete Collection (Anime)
“Blade of the Immortal” was one of the more successful manga series that ever made it to U.S. production published by Dark Horse comics. It was a critically acclaimed series and of course, …
reviewed The Hidden Blade. March 01, 2011
The Hidden Blade (Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume)
With Yoji Yamada's The Hidden Blade, set in the early 1860s, the age of the samurai was passing; the age of moviedom's bastardization of the samurai was sometime in the future. The Hidden Blade …
posted a Quick Tip about The Adventures of Samurai Cat illustr.... August 28, 2010
The Adventures of Samurai Cat illustrated book by Mark E. Rogers
If you like cats, samurai, satire, and just plain time traveling wackiness I can assure you that you will love THE ADVENTURES OF SAMURAI CAT. The best part of it is that it's the first in a series of …
reviewed The Princess Blade. August 03, 2010
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The Princess Blade
                  THE PRINCESS BLADE (a.k.a. Shirayuki Hime) is based on the manga by Kazou Koike with the same name. The film …
reviewed Afro Samurai. July 10, 2010
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Afro Samurai
This movie is one of the highpoints of anime. The story of Afro Samurai follows a young boy from he time he witnesses His fathers death at the hands of the number 2 samurai, to the end of the series …
reviewed SHOGUN'S SHADOW. December 08, 2009
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Chambara films have evolved much through the years since the days of Kurosawa, Kobayashi and Gosha. Yasuo Furuhata’s “SHOGUN’S SHADOW” (aka. Shogun Iemitsu No Rashin: Gekitotsu, …
reviewed The Hidden Blade. October 31, 2009
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The Hidden Blade (Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume)
I usually like Asian cinema, and liked "Twilight," but I just wasn't crazy about "Hidden Blade." The movie is about pre-Meiji Japan and the rapidly changing role of the samurai (same time period as the …
reviewed Goyokin. September 15, 2009
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   “Standing By and Turning a Blind Eye to Evil is akin to committing the Sin Itself..”     GOYOKIN (1969) is the second film by Hideo Gosha, the director also responsible …
reviewed THE SAMURAI I LOVED. August 13, 2009
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   In the tradition of Yoji Yamada’s “Twilight Samurai” and “Love and Honor”, comes a samurai-chambara period film called “The Samurai I Loved” (aka. …
reviewed Six String Samauri. June 04, 2009
Six String Samauri
This one has it all.  Sword fights?  Yep.  Rock and roll?  Yep.  The end of the world?  Well...close.  Monsters?  Yeah.  Death?  Very definitely.  …
reviewed Kai Doh Maru. May 16, 2009
Kai Doh Maru
Whenever I come away from animé or any foreign film scratching my head, I am always suspicious if my perplexity is due to cultural barriers. Kai Doh Maru begins as a promising movie, but as the plot unravels …
reviewed KWAIDAN. May 09, 2009
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When one thinks of Japanese horror in the U.S., there seems to be one stereo type that abound to most recent films. Ever wonder how the older, Japanese horror classics played out? Masaki Kobayashi's …
reviewed The Adventures of Samurai Cat illustr.... February 10, 2009
The Adventures of Samurai Cat illustrated book by Mark E. Rogers
"Tomokato turned, watching the sun's glaring disc begin to sink beneath a mountain-ridge. A chill breeze sprang up, stirring his whiskers. His paw clenched on the hilt of his katana, or long-sword. …
reviewed Love and Honor (Bushi no ichibun). December 26, 2008
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Love and Honor (Bushi no ichibun)
LOVE AND HONOR (a.k.a. Bushi No Ichibun) is the third chambara period film by Yoji Yamada. After the two award-winning samurai films by this acclaimed director, the expectations for his third and last …
reviewed The Hidden Blade. December 26, 2008
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The Hidden Blade (Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume)
HIDDEN BLADE (a.k.a. Kakushi Ken Oni No Tsume) is the second chambara film by Yoji Yamada, who is not particularly well-known for his samurai films. However, there aren't too many directors during these …
Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: Assassin's Road
There is very little to add to all the great and well deserved complements that this series has earned however I neglected to purchase this copy (starting at issue 13) because I have the entire Dark Horse …
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