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Review: Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai

Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai Amazon Price: $18.75 Starring: Eijiro Tono, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Kyoko Kishida Directed:  Tadashi Imai Release Date:  April 28 1963 Run Time:  123 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles: English Distributor: AnimEigo Film Synopsis Bushido, a.k.a. “The Way of the Warrior” is the chivalrous code of the samurai that […]

Review: Graveyard of Honor

Graveyard of Honor Amazon Price: $12.50 Starring: Goro Kishitani, Narimi Arimori, Ryousuke Miki Directed: Takashi Miike Release Date: 2002 Run Time:  131 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles: English Distributor: AnimEigo Film Synopsis In Japan’s underground yakuza society, some men define themselves by honor, others by vengeance… and some are beyond definition — cold-blooded merciless […]

Review: Shinsengumi Chronicles: I Want to Die A Samurai

Shinsengumi Chronicles: I Want to Die A Samurai Amazon Price: $16.99 Starring: Raizo Ichikawa, Tomisaburo Wakayama Directed: Kenji Misumi Release Date: 1963 Run Time:  93 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles:  English Distributor: AnimEigo Film Synopsis This action-packed epic stars Ichikawa Raizo as a honest man who joins the Shinsengumi out of admiration for its […]

Review: Sleepy Eyes of Death Vol 3

Sleepy Eyes of Death Vol 3 Amazon Price: $79.99 Starring: Ichikawa Raizo, Asaoka Yukiji, Ebara Shinjiro, Fujimura Shiho Directed: Kazuo Ikehiro Release Date: 1967-1969 Run Time:  329 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles: Eng Distributor: AnimEigo Film Synopsis #9 : A Trail of Traps A golden statue and an innocent girl embroil Kyoshiro in a […]

Review: Eleven Samurai

Eleven Samurai Amazon Price: $19.99 Starring: Junko Miyazono, Koji Nanbara, Isao Natsuyagi, Ko Nishimura Directed: Eichi Kudo Release Date: 1967 Run Time:  100 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles: English Distributor: Animeigo Film Synopsis The lord of the Oshi fief is killed by his trespassing neighbor, the cruel and cowardly Nariatsu, son of the former […]

Review: 13 Assassins (1963)

13 Assassins Starring: Chiezo KATAOKA, Koutaro SATOMI, Ryohei Uchida Directed: Eiichi KUDO Release Date:  1963 Run Time:  126 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles:  Eng Distributor: AnimEigo Plot A sadistic Daimyo (feudal lord) rapes a woman and murders both her and her husband, but even when one of his own vassals commits suicide to […]

Review: The Secret of the Urn

The Secret of the Urn Starring:Kinnosuke Nakamura Directed: Hideo Gosha Release Date: 1966 Run Time:  91 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles:  English Distributor: AnimEigo Plot After losing both an eye and an arm to treachery while on a mission for his clan, Samanosuke (Kinnosuke NAKAMURA) becomes a ronin who calls himself TANGE Sazen. […]

Review: Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi Starring: Kinnosuke Nakamura Directed: Tomu Uchida Release Date: 1961 – 1965 Run Time:  570 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles:  English Distributor: AnimEigo Plot An epic 5-film series that chronicles the life of Japan’s most famous swordsman, Miyamoto Mushashi, founder of the Niten-ryu school of swordsmanship, and author of The Book of Five […]

Review: Lone Wolf and Cub (Blu-Ray)

Lone Wolf and Cub Starring: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa (The Cub) Directed: Buichi Saito, Kenji Misumi, Yoshiyuki Kuroda Release Date:  1972-1974 Run Time: 507 Minutes Format: Blu-Ray Audio: Japanese / Subtitles:  Eng Distributor: AnimEigo Plot He was Itto Ogami, a man who held himself to the harsh code of Bushido, entrusted by the Shogun with […]

Review: The Samurai I Loved

The Samurai I Loved Starring: Somegorô Ichikawa, Yoshino Kimura, Kôji Imada, Ryô Fukawa, Mieko Harada Directed: Mitsuo Kurotsuchi Release Date:  2005 Run Time: 131 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles:  Eng Distributor: AnimEigo Plot Following his father’s forced seppuku, Bunshiro and his mother are left with nothing but a meager income and the shame […]

Review: Shogun Assassin (5 Film Set) Blu-Ray

Shogun Assassin (5 Film Set) Starring: Tomisaburo Wakayama Directed: Buichi Saito, Kenji Misumi, Robert Houston, Yoshiyuki Kuroda Release Date:  1972-1974/1980 Run Time: 427 Minutes Format: Blu-Ray Audio: Eng / Subtitles:  Eng Distributor: AnimEigo Plot Once a noble samurai, he is now he most feared assassin in Japan, known as Lone Wolf. Along with his young son […]

Review: Revenge

Revenge Starring: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eitaro Shindo Directed: Tadashi Imai Release Date: 1964 Run Time: 104 Minutes Format: DVD Audio: Japanese / Subtitles:  Eng Distributor: Animeigo Plot A minor quarrel escalates into a duel. A death creates a debt of honor. The demands of honor outweigh the demands of justice, and force friends to spill each […]