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The Crucified Lovers (1954)

8.2/10
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Starring: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Yoko Minamida

Kenji Mizoguchi adapts this story of forbidden love from the 17th century story by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, considered the 'Japanese Shakespeare'. Origin... Read more

Madadayo (1992)

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuo Matsumura, Kyoko Kagawa, Hisashi Igawa, George Tokoro, Masayuki Yui

The final film from Akira Kurosawa, one of the master filmmakers of our time, is a touching story that follows the last two decades in the life of Hya... Read more

Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

8.4/10
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Starring: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyoko Kagawa, Eitaro Shindo

One of the great films, 'Sansho the Bailiff' is set in the harsh feudal world of 11th-century Japan and is based on an ancient legend. When a humane l... Read more

Daredevil in the Castle (1961)

6.9/10
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Kyoko Kagawa, Yuriko Hoshi, Yoshiko Kuga, Isuzu Yamada, Yosuke N...

Toshiro Mifune plays Mohei, a lone samurai wandering in despair after his family is wiped out. He arrives in Osaka and is taken in by the Toyotomi cl... Read more

Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 (2005)

5.1/10
Director: Masaaki Tezuka
Starring: Yosuke Eguchi, Kyoka Suzuki, Takeshi Kaga

When a modern-day military unit is accidentally sent back to feudal Japan, history changes and the present begins to unravel in this re-telling of the... Read more

The Sword of Doom (1966)

8/10
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Yuzo Kayama, Toshiro Mifune, Michiyo Aratama, Yoko Naito

A brutal, amoral samurai, Ryunosuke (played brilliantly by Tatsuya Nakadai) is scheduled to fight an exhibition match. His opponent's wife offers her... Read more