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Chanbara Movie Collection

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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Serpent (1925)
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The Yagyu family's elder son sends an old and cheap looking pot to his young brother, ignoring that the pot contains a map showing where it was hidden a treasure of a million ryo. He tries to recover it but his brother's wife has sold it to some junk dealers. Finally the pot ends up in Yasu's hands, a kid whose father was killed although Tange Sazen was supposed to protect him from in his way to home, so Tange Sazen will look after Yasu, without knowing that the kid carries the secret of the treasure.
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People who added this item 61 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 95 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
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People who added this item 1371 Average listal rating (854 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Rashomon (1950)
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
During feudal unrest in the 12th century, samurai warrior Morit manages to thwart a palace rebellion and save the life of the empress, using loyal subject Lady Kesa as a decoy. When Morit is offered anything he should desire as reward, he requests Kesa's hand in marriage. Informed that she is already married to a fellow samurai, he refuses to withdraw his request, setting in motion a tragic chain of events.
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People who added this item 2128 Average listal rating (1260 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
Seven Samurai (1954)
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People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
In the first part of the epic Samurai Trilogy, Miyamoto is a wide-eyed romantic, dreaming of military glory in the civil war that is ravaging the seventeenth-century countryside. Twists of fate, however, turn him into a fugitive. But he is saved by a woman who loves him and a cunning priest who guides him to the samurai path.
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In the action-packed middle section of the Samurai Trilogy, Miyamoto along his path to spiritual enlightenment, as well as further from the arms of the two women who love him: loyal Otsu and conniving yet tragic Akemi. The film also brings him face to face with hordes of rivals intent on cutting him down, especially his legendary rival Kojiro.
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
After his father is not rewarded for his military achievements, Taira Kiyomori rebels against the court and the monks who rule the country. He also falls in love with Tokiko and discovers unsettling revelations about his parentage.
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A disillusioned Musashi Miyamoto has turned his back on the samurai life, becoming a farmer in a remote village, while his nemesis Kojiro now works for the shogun. Circumstances bring them back together for one final face-off. Though it’s marked by a memorably intense final battle sequence, the rousing conclusion to the Samurai Trilogy is engaged with matters of the heart as well, as Miyamoto must ask himself what it is that makes a warrior and a man.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 421 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
Satan's Sword (1960)
The story follows the life of Ryunosuke Tsukue, an amoral samurai and a master swordsman with an unorthodox style.
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Ryunosuke awakens in the forest having no more idea what happened that previous night, as he'd been drunk & hallucinatory. He is surrounded by corpses & can surmise it's his own handiwork.
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Disguised as a beggar monk, Ryunosuke's harrassed along the road by the rowdy members of a country dojo or fencing school malingering outside their fencing hall.
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People who added this item 859 Average listal rating (538 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Yojimbo (1961)
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People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (235 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Sanjuro (1962)
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The epic saga of Zatoichi begins. As tensions mount between rival yakuza clans, one boss hires a formidable but ailing ronin as his clan’s muscle—while the other employs a humble, moral blind masseur named Ichi. With its lightning-fast swordplay, sleight-of-hand dice games, and codes of honor upheld and betrayed, this first chapter sets the stage for all the Zatoichi adventures to come.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Destiny's Son (1962)
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People who added this item 551 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Blind swordsman/masseur Zatoichi is pursued by the retainers of a lord who fear that he will reveal a secret weakness of their master. Returning to the village where a year before he had killed Hirate, a much-admired opponent, Zatoichi encounters another swordsman and former rival in love: his own brother. He must face in combat not only the pursuing retainers but his own flesh-and-blood.
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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6
47 Ronin (1962)
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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Blind masseur and master swordsman, Zatoichi, is tired of killing. He journeys to his old village looking for peace, but is pursued by the brother of Boss Kanbei, a man he's killed. Back home, Ichi connects with Banno, his teacher, who seeks prestige and has arranged for his younger sister, Yayoi, to marry into a wealthy samurai family. Ichi and Yayoi realize they are in love, but Ichi's request for her hand meets with Banno's derision. Ichi is also drawn into Banno's plot to kidnap the son of a wealthy man, ostensibly to aid the Mito Goblins, a gang of thieves on the run; but Banno wants to keep the ransom. Ichi wants harmony and love, but can he escape a destiny of violence?
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
After arriving in the town of Shimonita, Ichi finds that a price has been put on his head by a local yakuza boss. He's drawn into a trap, but after hearing of the slaying of a former love, Ichi furiously fights his way through the entire clan to face the killer, a hired ronin.
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Blind swordsman/masseuer Ichi (or "Zatoichi") is asked by a dying man to deliver the maiden Mitsu (or "Omitsu") to her family in Edo, and Zatoichi feels honor-bound to do so. But rival gangs each have an interest in kidnapping the girl for ransom. Zatoichi joins with one of the gangs when the other gang captures Mitsu, but he then finds that to rescue her, he must fight both gangs.
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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
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 bring attention to the crime, the matter is quickly hushed up. Not only will there be no punishment, but because the Daimyo is the Shogun's younger brother, he will soon be appointed to a high political position from which he could wreak even more havoc. Convinced that the fate of the Shogunate hangs in the balance, a plot is hatched to assassinate the Daimyo. Two brilliant strategic minds of their generation find themselves pitted against each other; one is tasked to defend a man he despises, and has a small army at his disposal. The other is given a suicide mission, and has 12 brave men. They are the 13 Assassins.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Ichi travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years' ago. The villages in the area, after several years of famine, have struggled to raise 1,000 ryo in taxes they owe. The money is stolen while in transit to the governor. Ichi is accused as is Boss Chuji, a samurai Ichi respects. Ichi sets out to find the money and clear his own and Chuji's names.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 34 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Assassination (1964)
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The blind swordsman is shot and nursed back to health by kind strangers. He soon discovers that his saviors are caught between sparring crime lords; bound by honor, Zatoichi stays to ensure their safety and works to protect their ferry business.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Revenge (1964)
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While on the road, Zatoichi befriends a young mother 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. But they do not reckon on the father's reaction to their arrival, nor on their own growing feelings for the child.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
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Chanbara is the genre of Japanese swordfighting cinema, period action films starring samural warriors. Some of Japan's most noteworthy and acclaimed films, including much of the work of renowned directors like Akira Kurosawa.

Chanbara has been influenced by, and in turn influenced, other film genres like the western, swashbucklers, gangster films and martial arts films.

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