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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1962)

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
















Practicing his trade as a masseur in a small province, Zatoichi finds himself caught in a turf war between rival yakuza gangs. Aware of Zatoichi's reputation as an unbeatable swordsman, local gang leader Sukegoro tries to hire him as a mercenary, but Sukegoro's rival hires an equally fierce warrior to challenge Zatoichi.






Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman and the Fugitives (1968)

Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman and the Fugitives


















Zat˘ichi confronts a corrupt police official and an outlaw gang to free a young woman enslaved in a silk mill.






Seven Samurai (1954)

Seven Samurai

















A small farming village about to be overun by bandits calls a meeting of the elders to discuss how they can fight off the bad guys. The farmers go to town looking for some hungry Samurai - because they have no money to offer, only some food. The farmers find their first warrior - an older man who will act as leader and general of the farmer's Samurai Defense Force.






Yojimbo - The Bodyguard (1961)

Yojimbo - The Bodyguard















Set in Japan about 1850 - a landless Samurai uses his wits and his sword to become an unconventional hero. Things get complicated when one of the gangsters gets a gun. Starring Toshiro Mifune as Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the Ronin, or landless Samurai who comes to a crossroad that leads him to the town where feuding gangsters vie for control. Sanjuro plots to pit the gangsters against each other and free the people. Lots of terrific swordplay!








Masaki Kobayashsi's--Hoichi the Earless (1964)

Hoichi the Earless

















Hoichi the Earless, follow the story of a blind Biwa player and his mystical journey into the spirit world. Hoichi has some wild visions as he entertains the tortured souls of a clan of Samurai warriors with his gift of musical skills. This classic is a real shroomer be prepared.






Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa Classic (1950)

Rashomon













A tale about a murder and rape - and a look at truth, justice and lies. We hear four separate accounts of the crime and each is quite different than the other versions. The film explores perception and reality. We learn about the TRUTH, a painful truth, that indeed we all tell lies, even to ourselves.