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reviewed Rurouni Kenshin (Live Action film). April 09, 2013
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Rurouni Kenshin (Live action)
Being a fan of the anime series and the film “Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal”, I was ecstatic to learn that a live-action adaptation of “Rurouni Kenshin” became one of Japan’s …
posted a Quick Tip about Rurouni Kenshin (Live Action film). April 01, 2013
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Rurouni Kenshin (Live action)
Being a fan of the anime series and the anime film, I do hope that this live-action movie delivers. All I hope is for its quality to be on par with Azumi and I will be happy. Hopefully an English subtitled …
reviewed Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei). January 19, 2013
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei)
      “Are You Satisfied?”       Takashi Miike.  It’s only two words – a name, actually – but that’s usually all it …
posted a Quick Tip about Sword of Desperation. January 07, 2013
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Sword of Desperation
Poignant, Heartfelt and Powerful. "Sword of Desperation" reminded me just why I loved chambara films. See full review here.             
reviewed Sword of Desperation. December 31, 2012
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Sword of Desperation
It has been awhile since I have had the privilege to watch a more modern Bushido tale that truly has the spirit of the genre that Kurosawa and Kobayashi had defined in their ‘classics’. …
reviewed Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei). July 21, 2012
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei)
Most of my friends and those who have followed my reviews know how rare it is that I award a perfect score to a film be it an American or foreign film. Such an honor means that a film had truly made an …
reviewed Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei). July 21, 2012
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei)
Star Rating:         True to current cinematic trends, Takashi Miike’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai has been released in 3D. There’s no real reason this process …
posted a Quick Tip about Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei). July 16, 2012
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei)
After Takashi Miike’s  “13 Assassins”  which was an amazing remake of the 1960’s original, Miike is now poised to make another mark in a new era of chambara and Jidai …
reviewed Sword of Desperation. March 01, 2012
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Sword of Desperation
   Let’s square this up right away: Bushido films are not for everyone.        Why not?      For starters, these flicks – usually detailing …
reviewed 13 Assassins. February 26, 2012
13 Assassins
It’s the old, old story…a small group of men we come to know are willing to die for a noble cause, and die they do, fighting against the odds, sacrificing themselves for honor and justice. …
reviewed Ronin Gai. November 12, 2011
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The early 1800's were a tough time for a samurai. There wasn't much call anymore for skilled warriors. The merchant class was moving up to positions of power. The various lords around the country …
reviewed 13 Assassins. August 22, 2011
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13 Assassins
**** out of ****     You can't have an epic battle sequence accounting for more than twenty minutes of a film's running-time if you don't have believable characters built up and a …
reviewed Samurai Rebellion. August 18, 2011
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Don't come to Samurai Rebellion expecting a strutting, slashing, melodramatic sword flick. Joichi is a movie that deals with major issues -- love, honor, duty, injustice and, above all, self-respect …
reviewed 13 Assassins. June 29, 2011
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13 Assassins
15 - 141mins - Action/Adventure/Drama - 6th May 2011   Being the film buff that I like to pretend I am, I am still yet to see Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai- a work that has supposedly spawned …
reviewed Samurai Rebellion. May 24, 2011
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First off I'm not a big black and white movie fan nor am I a big fan of some modern Japanese films but damn were these old school Japanese movies amazingly brilliant. I think Toshiro Mifune is becoming …
reviewed 13 Assassins. May 16, 2011
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13 Assassins
Sometimes it is hard to get access to the San Francisco International Film Festival, but I made a supreme effort to do so since this year, it is including one of my favorite film genres. Those who know …
reviewed The Wolves. April 05, 2011
The Wolves
Some critics recently have said that Hideo Gosha's samurai movies are to Kurosawa's samurai movies what Bud Boetticher's westerns are to John Ford's westerns. Maybe all that means is that …
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 BUSHIDO: The Cruel Code of the SAMURA.... June 01, 2010
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BUSHIDO: The Cruel Code of the SAMURAI (1963)
We have all seen the chambara films that portray the code of the samurai as something quite honorable and is a privilege to have been part of during the Bushido period. Then we saw the chambara films …
reviewed SHOGUN'S SHADOW. December 08, 2009
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SHOGUN'S SHADOW
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 HANA: Tale of the Reluctant SAMURAI. July 30, 2009
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   HANA: Tale of the Reluctant Warrior is more commonly known as “Hana Ebi Mo Nao” in Asia. The film follows the formulas that made chambara films famous with a bit more humanity …
reviewed Ronin Gai. April 11, 2009
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RONIN GAI (1990) or "Streets of the Masterless Samurai" is an award-winning remake to Masahiro Makino's original. Directed by Kazuo Kuroki (Tomorrow), the film also commemorates the 60th death anniversary …
reviewed When the Last Sword Is Drawn (Mibu gi.... April 07, 2009
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When the Last Sword Is Drawn (Mibu gishi den)
WHEN THE LAST SWORD IS DRAWN (a.k.a. Mibu Gishi Den) is a moving chambara film directed by Yojiro Takita. The film once again occurs during the Meiji Period, a fascinating time for the samurai lifestyle. …
reviewed YOJIMBO. March 29, 2009
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Iconic and Unforgettable. Two words that can best describe "YOJIMBO" (1961)--a tale of an alienated, scornful Ronin anti-hero, permanently inked into the pages of samurai history . Arguably Kurosawa …
reviewed HARA-KIRI (aka. SEPPUKU). December 22, 2008
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"Rage when FOCUSED on a Single purpose is a very powerful weapon…" HARAKIRI (1962) (aka. Seppuku) is the award-winning film from Masaki Kobayashi (Samurai Rebellion, Kwaidan) and has …
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