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in 1937 Japan laid siege to Chinese capital of Nanking, this is a dramatization of the battle.
aka: Spy Swordsman,
This is one of two feature films made in 1964 based on the wildly popular Japanese sixties television series "The Samurai". One of the best ninja versus samurai films of all time features the great Ose Koichi as "Shintaro, the Samurai" getting involved in the intrigue between the Iga and Koga ninja. While helping a wounded agent of the Iga, Shintaro is attacked by Koga agents who think he received an item that they had already killed in an effort to obtain. While he did not receive any item, the dying Iga ninja had whispered a cryptic phrase to him; something that would lead him into the middle of an attempt to overthrow the Shogunate and threaten his very life. Can Shintaro's expert swordsmanship defeat the deadly skills of the Koga ninja, a group of heartless assassins like no other?
aka: Mito komon umi o wataru
Daiei Film Company's three biggest stars shine in this exciting story about Vice-Shogun Mito Komon's journey to the land of the Ainu. As the shogun's uncle, Lord Mito traveled about the nation seeking to make sure that corruption and injustice did not go unpunished. Traveling together with his two faithful bodyguards Kaku and Suke, they board ship for a voyage to the far northern island of Ezo (modern day Hokkaido) where the indigenous people called "Ainu" live.
Somewhat like American Indians, the Ainu had their own culture which had not been subjugated by the Matsumae clan, rulers of the vast island. A revolt is brewing within the leadership of the Ainu, which threatens to destroy their peaceful lives. The elder lord and his retinue are the only ones who can stop this reign of terror
aka: Hana no Byakkotai
This early Japanese war movie features two of Samurai Cinema's greatest stars, Raizo Ichikawa and Shintaro Katsu. The Great White Tiger Platoon was part of the Aizu clan's last ditch efforts to stop the advance of Imperial troops after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Their story is one of the great tragedies of the Boshin War (1868-1869).
aka: Doku-ganryu Masamune, The Hawk of The North
Long thought to be one of the lost treasures of Japanese cinema that had been destroyed by MacArthur’s Occupation forces, this brilliant portrait of samurai warlord Date Masamune has recently been found and restored to its original form in a digital print that brings this classic tale to DVD with English subtitles. From his early youth as an aggressive warrior, through battles upon battles until he had subdued virtually all of his enemies, only to fall short of taking over the country because he had been born too late this is an exciting and valuable motion picture. Great warlord action abounds throughout with a story that must be told!
Kunisada Chûji was a Japanese person in the Edo period. He was a strong gambler. When a village had a famine he helped the village out.
aka: "Gekitotsu! Aikidô" (original title)
About the life of Ueshiba - the founder of aikido. It stars the great Sonny Chiba in one of his lesser known roles.
Watch Gekijouban Sengoku basara: The Last Party: Toyotomi Hideyoshi has been defeated, but feudal Japan isn't safe yet. The fallen villian's most loyal and lethal minion- Ishida Mitsunari - is obsessed with carrying on Toyotomi's legacy o violence in the name of vengence. Ishida has brutally cut a bloody path across the countryside, enen as the nations's other warloads rally toward an era of harmony. Unfortunatly, for peace to finally be achieved, the fires of war must be unleased once more. With Japan's fate hanging in the balance, one of the most over-the-top battles in history is set to erupt.
Saiyûki (2007)
Watch Saiyûki: Journey to the West comes to the big screen like never before in the 2007 film Saiyuuki! Also known as Monkey Magic and Adventures of the Super Monkey... See full synopsis »
Watch Kuro no shishi: Fear The Black Lion!
In late 18th century ice is a commodity more valuable than gold. When corrupt officials conspire to form a monopoly and fix its price, a gang of 11 professionals is formed to steal all the royal ice blocks in five storage for a night

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