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Sugi Toranosuke, a ronin, returns to his home town of Edo many years after his attempted suicide as a sickly child. Rescued and adopted by a master swordsman, he has grown into a master swordsman and a very kind gentleman. The time is around 1868 the year that the nails were finally put into the coffin containing the feudal system that nurtured and sustained the samurai. (imdb)
Fifth film in the Lone Wolf & Cub Series. 5 warriors challenge Ogami to duels. Each has 1/5th of Ogami's assassin fee and 1/5 of the information he needs to complete his assassination. His mission is to kill a mad Daimyo before he destroys his clan! (imdb)
In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan, and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate who is guarded by the three "Gods of Death". (imdb)
The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures. (imdb)
Hanzo is not your typical constable. He is well known in Edo. He is equal parts Dirty Harry, Robocop, and John Holmes. Hanzo's techniques are far from clean. His ends justify his means. (IMDB Comments)
In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute, and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain. (imdb)
Misumi Kenji's Zatoichi: The Festival of Fire finds the famous blind swordsman becoming mixed up with a blind but powerful gangster. The town is a brutal place where women and children are regularly available to the highest bidder. Zatoichi takes a fancy to two local women, and this causes him to earn the ire of both two local men - one of them a Yakuza. (Perry Seibert, Rovi)
Lord Oda Nobunaga,gains control of nearly all Japan,and try to enlist the aid of Magoichi and his 3.000 gunners. (The Movie Database)
An abandoned temple in the mountains outside of the old capital city of Kyoto is the scene of a fated meeting between a traveling priest, two women, and a vicious killer, known thoughout Japan as "Mumyo no Taro". Bloody violence erupts whenever strangers approach the temple. Can the traveling priest bring his belief in the Buddha and rid the three temple residents of the devils that hold their souls?
Zatoichi is forced to kill a young man who owes a debt to a yakuza boss. Moments later, his sister Osode arrives with the money she earned (prostituting herself) to pay his debts. The bosses true motives are revealed and he attempts to steal Osode even though the debt is paid. Zatoichi realizes his grievous error and protects the girl from the gang... (imdb)
Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal pornography to pay off his gambling debts... (imdb)
Lord Danjo of Mikoshiba covets the rich lake and lands of his neighbors. He quickly conquers the friendly kingdoms of Nagoshi and Chigusa. To break the people's faith in their god, he sends his men to blow up the statue of Daimajin, which is on an island in the lake. The rightful heirs, Lord Juro and Lady Sayuri, try and fail to take back their kingdoms. Only when Daimajin rises from the lake will Lord Danjo's treachery come to an end. (digitalmosterisland.com)
Kyoshiro gets drawn into a complicated plot revolving around the remnants of a failed anti-Shogunate uprising, who are secretly organizing a new attack on Edo castle.
In SWORD OF FIRE, Nemuri is hired to kill an innocent girl who is hiding out as a washerwoman in a small town. Realizing that she has done nothing wrong, Nemuri concocts a plan to mete out justice to those who want her dead.
Zatoichi makes friends with a dangerous chess player, while fending off angry yakuza and bloodthirsty relatives out for revenge, and trying to save a sick child. Meanwhile, his luck with dice is turning... (imdb)
Hanpei, son of the only servant of a concubin who has turned mad, rumored to have been fathered by a dog, is rejected by his fellow samurais. He becomes a great gardener. But the local lord, son of the mad concubin of the beginning, turns out to be mad as well. Hanpei can run quicker than a horse, and is a natural born swordsman. These talents allow him to be a professionnal killer. Now Hanpei has a place. But the one that follows the path of the sword will have to pay a price. (thelostforum.net)
A wandering yakuza in search for the man responsible for slicing up his father and an amateur samurai searching for the whereabouts of his own father are thrown together on the outskirts of a mob infested seaside village. (imdb)
Based on the novella by Yukio Mishima, Ken is the story of Jiro Kokubu, star pupil of the university kendo club, for whom the sport is a way of life. Unwavering in his asceticism, he willingly foregoes girls, parties and rock music, devoting his entire being to the practice of kendo. The other students, in particular a fellow senior named Kagawa, ridicule him behind his back, but are unable to better him in the dojo. (midnighteye.com)
When the Shogun's elderly Finance Minister cuts off the allowance of one of the Shogun's widowed daughters to help avert a financial crisis, she responds by sending assassins after him. Kyoshiro befriends the old man and defends him, earning himself the enmity of the vengeful princess as well.
Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman returning home with her baby. When gangsters mistake her for Zatoichi and kill her, Zatoichi determines to escort the baby to its father. He gains the reluctant help of a young pick pocket and together they travel to find the baby's father... (imdb)
This early Kenji Misumi picture recounts the story of a band of samurai loyal to the Shogunate, the Shinsengumi, saving Kyoto from a conspiracy of Imperialists. (imdb)
An orphan raised by a Samurai goes on a quest to find himself and discovers a way to bring samurai to their knees.
The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. (imdb)
The life of the Buddha Shakamuni. (The Movie Database)
First part in a trilogy adaptation of the epic novel by the same name. A master samurai plunges into insanity and goes on a killing spree.
We see the aftermath of Ryunosuke Tsukue's duel with Hyoma Utsugi, both of whom have survived and lots of bodies litter the ground. The rest of this (...) chapter takes us on a journey through central Japan as Ryunosuke escapes from the duel and tries to settle down as a teacher in a dojo before he becomes involved with the Tenchu Group, a small group of rebels (...). In the meantime he gets emotionally involved with a woman that bears an akin resemblance to his deceased wife Ohama (...) (imdb)
In one of Japan's most frequently-told ghost stories, a murdered wife returns in an act of vengeance. (themoviedb)
When a nobleman finds a woman to be an obstacle to his growing political influence, he kills her and her cat and has their bodies immured in a wall. Shortly afterwards, a catlike demon begins to haunt the castle. (The Movie Database)