13 Assassins - Takashi Miike
Well, I gotta say, I consider all the films I’ve touched on on this blog so far to be excellent, in their own ways. I know that’s sort of a long list, and there are a lot I still want to get to, so I would point you to Criterion’s Samurai Cinema collection as a great place to start; a mixture of classics and lesser-known works with many themes and styles.
As far as other martial arts movies go, I’m not terribly knowledgeable, but some of my favorites are: The Raid (still gotta see the second one!), Enter the Dragon, Fist of Fury, Ong-Bak, Kung Fu Hustle, The Legend of Drunken Master, The Man From Nowhere, and The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin.
Other blogs I’m not too sure about, but check castleofowls, thekurosawaproject, toshiro-mifune, eigagogo, kurosawa-akira, and samuraisonspeed (hope he starts this up again :D ). I’m not sure who else would be similar, sorry if I left anyone out. But yeah, and anyone I reblog from is probably awesome, haha.
Hope this helps.
It sounds to me like the Lone Wolf and Cub series would be perfect for you. Look for the original six films (Sword of Vengeance, Baby Cart at the River Styx, Baby Cart to Hades, Baby Cart in Peril, Baby Cart in the Land of Demons, and White Heaven in Hell)but avoid Shogun Assassin. As fun as it is, Shogun Assassin is a weirdly edited and dubbed version of the first two films, and I definitely recommend watching the originals first. The Lone Wolf and Cub films are pretty renowned for being ultra-violent and outrageous, sometimes hilariously cheesy and ridiculous. They’re a ton of fun to watch. Try and check out the original manga too, it’s awesome, and very cool to see the transition to film.
There are a ton of excellent action-focused samurai films, but if you’re going for violence and bloodshed, Lone Wolf and Cub is where it’s at.
Sadly, none. I’d like to own an authentic one at some point, and one that has some sort of historical value, but I don’t have the money for something like that right now. I do have a Japanese WWII-era bayonet an awesome friend gave me though.
New theme and layout. Check it out if you have a chance and let me know if you find something that seems messed up. Thanks!
Mieko Harada as Lady Kaede in Akira Kurosawa’s Ran (1985)
The Sword of Doom - Kihachi Okamoto
Yojimbo - Akira Kurosawa
Samurai Rebellion - Masaki Kobayashi