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1. Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.5
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Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."

Stars: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum

Votes: 36,460

2. Lupin the 3rd (1971–1972)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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The adventures of the master thief Lupin III and his cohorts as they dive into various escapades, all the while in pursuit by the tenacious Inspector Zenigata.

Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Yukiko Nikaido, Gorô Naya

Votes: 1,638

3. Orgies of Edo (1969)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Horror

6.1
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A collection of stories dealing with punishment towards women.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Toyozô Yamamoto, Masumi Tachibana, Michiko Ai

Votes: 222

4. Heaven and Earth (1990)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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In 16th century Japan, two samurai engage in massive battles across the countryside; one attempting to conquer and the other attempting to defend his land while repressing his love for a woman after taking a vow of celibacy.

Director: Haruki Kadokawa | Stars: Takaaki Enoki, Masahiko Tsugawa, Atsuko Asano, Naomi Zaizen

Votes: 874 | Gross: $0.31M

5. Goyokin (1969)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa, Ruriko Asaoka

Votes: 1,904

6. The Ninja Wars (1982)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.8
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A fortuneteller prophesizes that whoever marries the beautiful Ukio will become the ruler of the world. Naturally, this makes her very popular with those vying for power, particularly the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôsei Saitô | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Noriko Watanabe, Jun Miho, Yuki Kazamatsuri

Votes: 454

7. Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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During the currency devaluation by the Edo treasury, officer Hanzo deals with a temple priestess who sells her pupils as prostitutes, and a notorious thief who plans to rob the mint.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Keiko Aikawa, Kazuko Inano, Keizô Kanie

Votes: 1,002

8. Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade (1963)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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Nemuri Kyoshiro, a youthful and cynical ronin with unparalleled skill, is approached by both sides in a game of corruption, ambition, and double crosses. The leader of the Kaga clan, who ... See full summary »

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Shinobu Araki, Saburô Date

Votes: 220

9. Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold? (1974)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action

6.7
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After extracting information by raping a ghost, Hanzo uncovers a plot among high officials to steal the shogunate's gold and loan it out to the poor.

Director: Yoshio Inoue | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kô Nishimura, Mako Midori, Mikio Narita

Votes: 742

10. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)

87 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the quite reluctant hero refuse to come to the assistance of a Japanese Christian in an age of both proselytizing and persecution, but later ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Ai, Akira Amemiya, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 153

11. Satomi hakken-den (1959)

58 min | Adventure, Horror

6.2
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Director: Kokichi Uchide | Stars: Kusuo Abe, Harue Akagi, Sentarô Fushimi, Hiromi Hanazono

Votes: 5

12. Nemuri Kyoshiro: The Man with No Tomorrow (1995 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Drama, History

6.4
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A ronin carries a secret that could either deliver or destroy 400,000 clan members.

Director: Akira Inoue | Stars: Hirotarô Honda, Saiko Isshiki, Sakae Kimura, Shigeru Kôyama

Votes: 27

13. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Satan (1965)

75 min | Action, Drama

6.7
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Tsurumatsu, a young boy, is supposed to be a new Lord but he's not really interested, he would rather be a carpenter. So he gets kidnapped and it's up to Nemuri Kyoshiro to save him.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Saga, Machiko Hasegawa, Masako Aboshi

Votes: 100

14. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire (1965)

83 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the red-haired swordsman on his way to the city of Edo when he comes across the scene of a woman in the midst of a knife fight with a man. When... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Michiko Sugata, Sanae Nakahara

Votes: 131

15. Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Mask of the Princess (1966)

85 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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Princess Kiku, Shogun's daughter, wants revenge on Nemuri Kyoshiro for embarrassing her.

Director: Akira Inoue | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yaeko Mizutani, Ichirô Nakatani, Keiko Kayama

Votes: 95

16. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series sees the orphan swordsman wander into a town and stumble upon the opportunity to conduct righteous deeds. With the smaller acts of kindness aside ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôichi Aihara, San'emon Arashi, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 185

17. Blindsided (II) (2016)

Short, Action

8.6
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Walter, a blind man, goes to the grocery store to buy some apples to make his favorite desert, an apple pie. But while at the store, the shopkeeper is shaken down by a trio of thugs, and Walter steps to defend his friend.

Director: Clayton J. Barber | Stars: Pete Antico, Khalid Ghajji, Eric Jacobus, Joe Kelley

Votes: 13

18. Satan's Sword II (1960)

90 min | Drama, Action

6.6
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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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Fujiko Yamamoto

Votes: 111

19. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsugiri (1964)

86 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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The shogun's illegitimate son decapitates a peasant which draws in nomadic Nemuri Kyoshiro into more sword-fighting adventures when he's blamed for the beheading.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kyôko Azuma, Ryônosuke Azuma, Saburô Date

Votes: 140

20. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Villainy (1966)

79 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the hero involved when as an act of vengeance a band of samurai whose master was unceremoniously assassinated by agents of the clan, when he ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shigeru Amachi, Shiho Fujimura, Kentarô Kudô

Votes: 94

21. Shingo juban-shobu (1959)

97 min | Adventure, Drama

5.0
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Director: Sadatsugu Matsuda | Stars: Hashizô Ôkawa, Eiji Okada, Yumiko Hasegawa, Hiromi Hanazono

Votes: 12

22. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Hell Is a Woman (1968)

85 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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Two devious retainers are competing to take control of a fief when the current Lord dies, but involving Kyoshiro in the conflict against his will is the textbook example of a bad idea - ... See full summary »

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Miwa Takada, Yaeko Mizutani, Takahiro Tamura

Votes: 78

23. Sword in the Moonlight (1957)

106 min | Drama

6.7
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Tsukue Ryunosuke is a master swordsman with an evil style, reflecting the evil in his heart.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Chiezô Kataoka, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Yumiko Hasegawa, Satomi Oka

Votes: 74

24. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Castle Menagerie (1969)

82 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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Just when you think Kyoshiro's life can't get any stranger, someone starts running around raping and murdering, and leaving notes proudly proclaiming that he did it. Tracking down the real ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Naoko Kubo, Shiho Fujimura, Shinjirô Ebara

Votes: 67

25. Mito komon manyuki (1954)

93 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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Director: Masamitsu Igayama | Stars: Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Kunio Kaga, Shinobu Chihara

26. Sleepy Eyes of Death: A Trail of Traps (1967)

88 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the hero talked into escorting a precious religious artifact to Kyoto, Japan. A sect of Christian swordsmen are lying in wait to steal the ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Nobuo Kaneko, Toshio Kimura, Haruko Wanibuchi

Votes: 85

27. Sleepy Eyes of Death: In the Spider's Lair (1968)

81 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series finds the anti-hero in an area where the locals are oppressed, suppressed and held against their wills. Part of the coercive forces trace back to ... See full summary »

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Mako Midori, Maka Sarijo, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 69

28. Daibosatsu Tôge (1953)

111 min

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Director: Kunio Watanabe | Stars: Kusuo Abe, Shinobu Chihara, Kensaku Hara, Haruyo Ichikawa

30. Chambara: The Art of Japanese Swordplay (2015)

84 min | Documentary

7.2
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Veteran director Nakajima Sadao examines the appeal, background, Japanese context and transition of chambara, or period sword fighting and samurai, films in Kyoto. Not only interviews with ... See full summary »

Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Seizô Fukumoto, Shôgo Kimura, Asahi Kurizuka, Hiroki Matsukata

Votes: 5

32. Kozure Ôkami (1987 Video Game)

Action, Adventure

5.1
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Votes: 7

33. Zatôichi monogatari (1974–1979)
Episode: A Challenge of Chance (1974)

Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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Two Bosses fight for control of a mine. Will Zatoichi takes sides? A man with a musket wants to end that threat.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Star: Shintarô Katsu

Votes: 10



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