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Samurai

Yojimbo (1961)

8.3/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Eijiro Tono, Seizaburo Kawazu, Toshiro Mifune

Kurosawa's first full-length comedy. Toshiro Mifune is the unemployed samurai warrior who comes to a small village torn apart by two warring factions... Read more

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

7.5/10
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Cliff Gorman, Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey

In Jim Jarmusch's fascinating meshing of gangster, urban and samurai action, Forest Whitaker is Ghost Dog, a mysterious hit man who rubs out targets f... Read more

Isle of Dogs (2018)

8/10
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Akira Takayama, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Courtney B Vance, Edw...

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alon... Read more

The Hidden Fortress (1958)

8.1/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki

Kurosawa takes the conventional Japanese period film and combines it with fairytale elements, the result is an energetic and brilliant farce. Toshiro... Read more

The Last Samurai (2003)

7.7/10
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki...

Disillusioned after the end of the Civil War, respected American military captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) finds purpose when he is hired by the Emp... Read more

Zatoichi (2003)

7.6/10
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ogusu, Yui Natsukawa

Aka "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi". The sightless Zatoichi - hero of over two dozen films from 1962 to 1989 - is revived by scripter/director/star Ta... Read more

Seven Samurai (1954)

8.7/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Yoshio Inaba, Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhab... Read more

The Twilight Samurai (2002)

8.1/10
Director: Yoji Yamada
Starring: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Set in the late nineteenth century as the feudal Shogun period was giving way to the Meiji Restoration, Seibei Iguchi (Hiroyuki Sanada) is a low-ranki... Read more

Sanjuro (1962)

8.2/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama

The hero of Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' returns to help a group of very earnest, very green, very young samurai get their clan rid of corruption. As in 'Yoji... Read more

Lone Wolf and Cub 1: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Director: Kenji Misumi
Starring: Tomisaburo Wakayama

He was Ogami Itto, a man who held himself to the harsh code of Bushido, entrusted by the Shogun with the gravest of responsibilities, that of official... Read more