Everything is subtitled in English, and comes with boxart unless otherwise noted.
Please note that A/V quality on the video clips is lower than that of the actual DVD.



13 ASSASSINS
Jusan-Nin no Shikaku - 1963 - B/W - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

Receiving a confidential order from a senior executive of the Tokugawa Sshogunate, 13 samurai warriors set about plotting to assassinate Matsudaira Nariaki, chief of the Akashi feudal clan who is extraordinarily cruel and lewd. The group has 60 days to achieve the goal by ambushing the Akashi procession returning from Edo after a one-year attendance. How can the 13 assassins, who are given only one chance and not allowed to fail, engage the 53-person procession and kill Nariaki? The assassins thrilling plan and actions reach the climax in a war of slaughter depicted with breathtaking, heroic reality.

Directed by: KUDO Eiichi
Cast: KATAOKA Chiezo, SATOMI Kotaro, ARASHI Kanjuro, FUJI Junko, TANBA Tetsuro






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47 MASTERLESS SAMURAI
Chushingura - 1959 - Color -16:9 Widescreen - Extras - 2 Discs

While the story of the Ako Clan's vendetta has been told countless times, never before
has there been an array of major motion picture stars to bring new life to this timeless
tale. Starting with the corrup practices of Lord Kira and Yanagi-sawa, the Shogun's
Secretary, which in essence led to the incident of Lord Asano's attacking Kira in the
Pine Corridor of the Shogun's Palace, this is the definitive version. Asano Takumi no
kami was a young lord with high scruples, who refused to join in the general
corruption and bribery which ran rampant in the capital at that time. By not giving
bribes, he angered Kira Kozuke no suke the elder lord in charge of protocol at the
Palace. Refusing to teach the younger man, and giving him false instructions was
only the beginning. Insults followed, and a man of honor had no choice but to draw
his sword in anger. Forty seven masterless samurai are willing to give their lives to
avenge their lord. Nothing could match the courage of these warriors as they show
that truly the sword is the soul of the samurai, and the samurai is the soul of Japan.
This massive story is told in two parts, with an amazing all-star cast, a must see!


Directed by: MATSUDA Sadatsugu
Cast:
KATAOKA Chiezo, NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, OTOMO Ryutaro, MISORA Hibari,
ICHIKAWA Utaemon, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, SATOMI Kotaro, NAKAMURA Katsuo,
KITAOJI Kinya, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, KOGURE Michiyo etc.


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ABACUS AND SWORD
Bushi no Kakeibo - 2012 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

Set during the Meiji Restoration period of Edo era Japan, Naoyuki belongs to the 8th generation of the Inoyama family, a family known for finance and accounting. He is also a gifted mathematician and uses the abacus with extreme skills. Naoyuki works under the declining Kaga clan. Because of this, Naoyuki and his wife Koma suffer hardships as their stature and wealth dissipates. The film is based on a real diary describing the life of a 3rd-generation samurai household during the late Edo period, in the midst of the Meiji Restoration which marked the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. This movie was nominated for 2 Japanese Academy Awards (2010).

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: SAKAI Masato, NAKAMA Yukie, KUSABUE Mitsuko, NISHIMURA Masahiko,
MATSUZAKA Keiko, NAKAMURA Masatoshi
Directed by: MORITA Yoshimitsu


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ABANDONED SWORDS, THE
Onmitsu Shichishoki - 1958 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) - Extra


Digitally Remastered 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Version!

Dramatized from a novel by the famous author Yoshikawa Eiji (Musashi, Taiko etc). Best friends Gentaro and Sanpei become fateful enemies when Sanpei steals a secret document revealing the identity of the chosen successor to the Tokugawa Shogun. Gentaro of the Owari clan sets out to retrive the invaluable document. This is an very entertaining story, with superb action that only Azuma Chiyonosuke and Nakamura Kinnosuke can deliver, and a stunning performance by Misora Hibari and the rest of the all-star cast. A must have for all true Jidaigeki fans!

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: KINNOSUKE Nakamura, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, MISORA Hibari, SATOMI Kotaro, HASEGAWA Yumiko, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, OKOCHI Denjiro, SAKAI Shunji, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, YAMAGATA Isao,
Directed by: MATSUDA Sadatsugu

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ABARENBO SHOGUN 500TH EPISODE SPECIAL
Abarenbo Shogun Sakigake Ban - 1990 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

Abarenbo Shogun (or "Roughneck Shogun") was a very popular TV series broadcast
on TV Asahi from 1978 through 2003, a total of 26 years! Shogun Tokugawa
Yoshimune traveled around the nation incognito, disguised as a samurai named
Tokuda Shinnosuke. Using this alter-ego, he solved problems and punished
corruption and injustice from his home base in the capital city of Edo. Out of the total of
831 episodes, this is the 500th episode Anniversary Special. Shogun Tokugawa
Yoshimune (Matsudaira Ken), upon learning that a powerful family in the Ryukyu
Islands had allied themselves with the Satsuma Clan in an effort to take over the
nation, sets off to the Ryukyu's to stop this dastardly plot. However, with his identity
exposed, numerous assassins set out to stop him from reaching his destination. Time
after time, Yoshimune is in real danger, and must be saved by former members of his
'Bodyguard' force. This superb episode features well known guest stars from the first
through third series', who join into the thrilliing action scenes.

Digitally Remastered, sharp image and vibrant colors, you have never seen an
Abarenbo episode like this before! With removable English subtitles and DVD
Extras:"Tokugawa Yoshimune".
This is a stand alone full length movie!

Directed by: ARAI Taishi
Cast:
MATSUDAIRA Ken, ASAJI Yoko, SATO Bsaku, TSUGAWA Masahiko


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ABARENBO SHOGUN: 800TH EPISODE SPECIAL
Abarenbo Shogun 800-Kai Kinen Shinshun Supesharu - 2001 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

"EDO CASTLE TAKEOVER! CITY IN FLAMES!"

This very special episode is a full-length made for televsion movie, commemorating the
800th episode of the long-running series. Excitement is in the air and Shogun Yoshimune
and his friends take on injustice and corruption in old Japan. Powerful television, and
awesome swordsmanship make for a great tribute to an unbelieveably popular series.
Yoshimune stood up for the common man, protecting those who were unable to protect
themselves. His sword always at the ready to crush those villains foolish enough to cross
blades with him, and while as Shogun he does not stain his sword with their blood, the
beatings he gives them with the bluntpart of the sword merely opens them up for the final
cut to be made by his cohorts, ninjas and bodyguards!


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This is a stand alone full length movie!


Directed by: MURAKAWA Toru
Cast:
MATSUDAIRA Ken, TAMURA Ryo, TAKASHIMA Reiko, KOUCHI Nanako

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ABARENBO SHOGUN: FINALE SPECIAL
Abarenbo Shogun - 2003 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

The incredible success of the Abarenbo Shogun series reaches its zenth with the final episode in the long-running show as Yoshimune finally signs off and we are left to pnder the past while enjoying one of the greatest shows ever filmed. After hundreds of episodes and so many years, we learn what the final outcome is and wish the best for the characters who gave us so much enjoyment over the years.

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Directed by: ISHIKAWA Ichiro
Cast:
MATSUDAIRA Ken, TAMURA Ryo, ISHINO Yoko


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ABARENBO SHOGUN: THE AVENGING ANGEL
Abarenbo Shogun V Special - 1993 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

When the very foundation of the government is shaken by a counter-feiting scandal,
Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune must take to the road as an itinerant ronin in order to
find out who's behind the conspiracy. Meanwhile, a woman acting as an avenging
angel begins assassin-ating the suspects in the case, causing Yoshimune to not only
find his original quarry, but to help her get her revenge against those corrupt individuals
that had murdered her family when she was only a child. Matsudaira Ken shines in his
most famous role, the 'Roughneck' Shogun who travels the country seeking to stomp
out evil and corruption. This full-length made for television movie is one of the best
entries in the series, and allows the story to develop more fully than the regular
hour-long series episodes. An excellent example of why the Abarenbo Shogun series
has been on the air for over 25 years, this is a film not to be missed!


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Directed by: MATSUO Masatake
Cast:
MATSUDAIRA Ken, ASAJI Yoko, ONO Yasushi, ITO Tsukasa, GODAI Takayuki,
YOKOUCHI Tadashi, FUNAKOSHI Eiji


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ABARENBO SHOGUN: THE BRIDE OF EDO CASTLE
Abarenbo Shogun IV Supesharu - 1991 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

In this made for TV movie, based on the long-running television series, Shogun Yoshimune, being without an heir, is expected to marry and carry on the Tokugawa dynasty in the proper manner. Being an adventurer, the "Roughneck" Shogun spends much of his time away from Edo Castle as he seeks out corruption, and metes out justice with his superior swordsmanship. Yoshimune finally meets a woman of high enough rank, a veritable Princess, who has actually been sent as his betrothed. Not wanting to marry a man she never met, she rebels against the orders. As does he. Ironically they meet, not knowing who the other is, and find a genuine attraction, along with the need to join forces against a common enemy.


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Directed by:
MAKIGUCHI Yuji
Cast:
MATSUDAIRA Ken, ASAJI Yoko, WATANABE Atsushi, ITO Tsukasa, GODAI Takayuki, YOKOUCHI Tadashi, FUNAKOSHI Eiji, KITAJIMA Saburo


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ABE CLAN - Directors Cut Edition - Digitally Remastered
Abe Ichizoku - 1995 - Color - Fullscreen - DVD Extras

A Choice between Loyalty or Duty of the Samurai! Can the heartlessness of
society crush the honor of an individual? In the spring of the 18th year of Kanei
(1624.2.30-1644.12.16), Hosokawa Tadatoshi, feudal lord of the Higo area, died.
Although Tadatoshi forbade his vassals to follow him in death before he died,
they still committed seppuku one after the other. The new feudal lord, Mitsunao,
Tadatoshi’s son, also gave the order forbidding seppuku. Abe Yaichiemon
obeyed his former lord’s last wish but is now being called a coward by his
comrades and finally decided to follow Tadatoshi in death in order to save his
family’s honor. Mitsunao, upset by Yaichiemon actions, punished the Abe family
unfairly. Objected to this, the Abe family shut themselves up in their manor as the
lords troops moved in… This is the true story of what happened within the
Hosokawa clan in early Edo era. A masterpiece by director Kinji Fukasaku that
boldly depicts the struggle between humanity and the code of the Samurai. This
is the Directors cut version, Digitally Remastered, with removable English
Subtitles and DVD Extras.

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku
Cast: Koichi Sato, Hiroyuki Sanada, Keizo Kanie


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ADVENTURE IN KIGAN CASTLE
Kiganjo no Boken - 1966 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

Conspiracy swirls in the King's castle! Raided by mysterious bandits!
Spectacular action film that brings a storm to the great desert of death! Ensai, a
monk who travels the Silk Road in seek of Buddha's relics, meets with O'osumi,
a Japanese student, in the capital of Tung Huan. The two travel with a camel
caravan and reach Pesil, a town in desert. There they find a dreadful conspiracy
in Kigan Castle where the country's king resides. Filming was done on location in
Iran. Grand scale action displayed in the setting of the Silk Road.

Remastered from a new amazing print! With removable English Subtitles.

Directed by: TANIGUCHI Senkichi
Cast: MIFUNE Toshiro, MIHASHI Tatsuya, SATO Makoto, NAKAMURA Tadao

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AKECHI MITSUHIDE: THE MAN GOD HATED
Akechi Mitsuhide: Kami ni Ai Sarenakatta Otoko - 2007 - Color - 16:9 Anamorphic

Akechi Mitsuhide, the man who was considered to be the most intelligent general of the
warring states era. What was the truth about him, Oda Nobunaga's best general and
murderer? The famed leader Oda Nobunaga had two right-hand men who contributed
to unifying the nation. One was Akechi Mitsuhide and the other Kinoshita Tokichiro, both
rivals of each other for higher promotions. Eventually Mitsuhide was recognized for his
work and was given a castle. However, Nobunaga's ambition to conquer the nation did
not allow Mitsuhide to live happily in his territory. That is when an idea flashed across
Mitsuhide's mindů

Directed by: NISHITANI Hiroshi
Cast:
KARASAWA Hiroaki, YANAGIBA Toshiro, UEKAWA Takaya, NAGASAWA Masami


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AKO ROSHI
Ako Roshi - 1959 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - DVD Extras - 2 Discs

Toei's 10th anniversary film. While the story of the Ako Clan's vendetta (Chushingura) has
been told countless times, never before has there been a telling with a huge all-star cast
of this calibre that brings new life to this timeless tale. When Lord Asano is unjustly
executed, his loyal retainers strike back for revenge.The tale of 47 Ronin, a true event that
has inspired countless film adaptions, captures the real courage and loyalty of the way of
the samurai. At a time in japanese history when those qualitys were more myth than
reality, these brave men avenged thier Lord showing tremendous patience and cunning to
achieve the ultimate justice.Though they would later be executed for this plan and it's end
results all of japan would remember these men as heroes.

This DVD is Digitally Remastered, 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen, on 2 discs to preserve
the stunning razor sharp video quality and brilliant colors, an amazing print of a
Chushingura classic like you have never seen before. With a most unique pack of DVD
Extras; Original Trailers, Movie Photo Gallery, Chushingura Movies Poster Gallery, and
more, 70+ pages of info; "The 47 Ronin", "The Genroku Era", "Who is Who?" (now you can
match a face with actor/actress names you've seen before), 11 Actor Bios, and 30 minutes
of previews from other cool samurai and yakuza movies!
A must have disc set!

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With removable English Subtitles and DVD Extras.


Directed by: MATSUDA Sadatsugu
Cast:
KATAOKA Cheizo, NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, SATOMI Kotaro, OKAWA Hashizo,
ICHIKAWA Utaemon, KONOE Jushiro
, SATOMI Kotaro, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, OTOMO
Ryutaro, OKOCHI Denjiro, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, OKA Satomi, OKAWA Keiko, KOGURE
Michiyo, CHIHARA Shinobu, YAMAGATA Isao etc.

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AOI: THREE GENERATIONS OF TOKUGAWA:
THE BATTLE OF SEKIGAHARA
Aoi: Tokugawa Sandai - 2000 - Color - 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen - Extras

Digitally Remastered 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Version!

The pivotal Battle of Sekigahara, which signaled the end of the Toyotomi as rulers of Japan and led to the rise of the Tokugawa shogunate which ruled the nation for almost 300 years is the subject of the exciting first episode (84 minutes) of what was to become NHK's Taiga Drama for the year 2000. Remastered in glorious 16:9 widescreen, this stand-alone special presentation is filled with exciting action scenes as the grand battle plays out in bloody violence. An all-star cast including such stalwarts as Tsugawa Masahiko, Iwashita Shima, Tamura Ryo, Kurosawa Toshio and Kusabue Mitsuko bring history to life on an epic scale!

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: TSUGAWA Masahiko, EMORI Toru, NISHIDA Toshiyuki, OGAWA Mayumi,
IWASHITA Shima, NATSUYAGI Isao
Directed by: SHIGEMITSU Yukihiko


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ASSASSINATION - Digitally Remastered Version
Ansatsu - 1964 - B/W - 16:9 Anamorphic Widscreen

The ambition and passion of Kiyokawa Hachiro, a lone wolf, during the last last
days of Shogunate!! A low ranking samurai is sent out to kill a strange man
named Kiyokawa Hachiro, who is wanted for murder and as an enemy of the
Shogun. Failing in his mission, he is given a chance to redeem himself. Now, to
better understand the man he is going to kill, he looks into Hachiro’s past life.
Hachiro Kiyokawa, an odd man who lived among upheavals of the last days of
Shogunate, hated power but had the ambition and passion of having power and
lived briefly in a chaotic bloody time. Based on Shiba Ryotaro’s story, director
Shinoda Masahiro portrays a true to life man and created his first traditional
drama. Digitally Remastered Edition! 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen, with
removable English Subtitles.

Directed by: Masahiro Shinoda
Cast: Tetsuro Tanba, Shima Iwashita, Eiji Okada, Eitaro Ozawa



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ASSASSINATION ORDERS
Ansatsu Shirei - 1984 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

Another superb performance by major star Takahashi Hideki as a graceful ronin swords man highlights this violent tale of old Japan. The ronin, Sako Kanbei has to rescue the beautiful Princess Tsubaki from danger while young samurai of the Numata Clan stand up against their corrupt Chief Retainer and evil clan mistress. Kanbei wants to develop his swordsmanship only for himself, he finds that he has been implicated in a crime and must fight for justice in the ultimate battle to redeem his innocence. The swordplay in this film is reminiscent of the Lone Wolf and Cub series with its brutal and extended action sequences and awesome finale. A powerful motion picture about honor, love and cold steel!


Directed by: KUDO Eiichi
Cast:
TAKAHASHI Hideki, MIYAZAKI Yoshiko, NATSUYAGI Isao


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BATTLE OF THE DRAGONS
Kairyu Dai-Kessen - 1966 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne stolen by the treacherous Yuki Daijo and the evil wizard Oroki-maru. Miraculously, during the attack, young Prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of death by a magic bird. Ten years later, Ikazuki-maru, now a wizard himself, embarks on a quest for vengeance. This amazing and exciting fantasy-samurai film stars a young Matsukata Hiroki in one of the pivotal roles of his career. Matched up against brilliant special effects and the huge star Otomo Ryutaro, Hiroki more than holds his own.


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With removable English Subtitles and DVD Extras.


Directed by:
YAMAUCHI Tetsuya
Cast:
MATSUKATA Hiroki, OTOMO Ryutaro, OGAWA Tomoko, HAYASHI Shinichiro




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BENTEN KOZO - Digitally Remastered Version
Hibari Juhachiban Benten Kozo - 1960 - Color - 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen

Hibari Masori, the most popular female singer in Japan, plays a young male
kabuki actor in this classic tale. When Kiku is blamed for a murder and shunned
by his mother, he dons the personality of Benten Kozo. Joining a band of Robin
Hood type bandits, he fights off a gang of criminals terrorizing his home town.
Co-starring screen-legends Tomisaburo Wakayama and Kotaro Satomi,
showing of some of their unique style of swordsmanship. A must see movie!
16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen, with removable English Subtitles + DVD Extras!

Directed by: Yasushi Sasaki
Cast: Hibari Misora, Kotaro Satomi, Tomisaburo Wakayama

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BLACK HOOD, THE
Kaiketsu Kurozukin - 1981 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

During the 1860's Japan was in a state of turmoil as various factions sought to
overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate. Along came a masked champion for justice; an
extraordinary swordsman called "Kurozukin" (Black Hood) who vowed to support the
Shogun against all enemies. Starring the great Wakayama Tomisaburo this action
packed made for television movie is superb. On his favorite horse "Hakuhatsu" (White
Hair), our dashing hero contends with upheavals during the final days of the Tokugawa
Shogunate. "Black Hood" uses his tremendous sword skills to defeat the the Choshu
and Satsuma clans as they attempt to steal a map of Edo Castle in order to attack the
castle. Wakayama Tomisaburo plays 3 separate roles to hide his secret identity as he
cuts down brutal enemies, one after another!

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Directed by: OTA Akikazu
Cast:
WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo, NINOMIYA Sayoko, ISHIBASHI Renji, NISHIMURA Ko



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BLACK HOODED MAN, THE
Gozonji Kaiketsu Kurozukin Maguna no Hitomi - 1955 - B/W - Fullscreen

In the year 1867 Japan was undergoing a period of upheaval that pitted clan against clan and man against man in battles that would event-ually bring about the dawn of a new nation. While these factions fought each other for supremacy corruption was running rampant. Lord Matsukawa Katsutoshi was sentenced by order of the Shogunate to confinement and forced to vacate his post as Nagasaki Magistrate due to his conspiring with merchants to line his own pockets. His replacement was Matsudaira Mondonosho, a man above reproach who promised to support the Tokugawa to the end. Mean-while a mysterious black hooded man intervenes when a notorious anti-Shogunate group attempt to steal a rare blue diamond called the Maguna no Hitomi. Political intrigue leads to an exciting showdown between the opposing factions in this brilliant sketch of Japan at the height of her civil unrest. The battles have just begun! (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SAEKI Kiyoshi
Cast:
OTOMO Ryutaro, SUSUKIDA Kenji, TOKITA Kazuo, KASUGA Tomoko, KITAMI Reiko, HINO Akiko, KITAGAWA Chizuru, KAGA Kunio


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BLACK HOODED MAN 2, THE
Gozonji Kaiketsu Kurozukin Dai-Niwa Shinsengumi Tsuigeki - 1955 - B/W - Fullscreen

It's a battle for supremacy in this rousing action spectacular set during the final days
of the Tokugawa Shogunate. As the rebel forces try to raise a war-chest to fund their
war effort, the Shogun's militia (Shinsengumi) attempts to keep the money from
reaching Kyoto where it would be used to topple the government. Everybody's favorite
hero with a secret identity is back as Kurozukin, the mysterious black-hooded man
helps transport the war-chest raised to fight against the Shogunate and restore
Imperial rule.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: UCHIDE Kokichi
Cast:
OTOMO Ryutaro, CHIHARA Shinobu, KITAGAWA Chizuru







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BLAZING SWORD
Moeyo Ken - 1966 - B/W - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

Based on the Shiba Ryotaro story, this film dramatizes the life and times of
Hijikata Toshizo, as he joins the Shinsengumi patrol group which helped support
the Tokugawa Shogunate towards the end of the samurai era. Following in the
tradition of his other historical writings, this is one of the more accurate
representations of that group, and above all, the tremendous swordsman that
Hijikata was. Along with Okita Soji, the captain of the first group, who was afflicted
with 'Consumption' (Tuberculosis), this young ronin who had come to the capital
along with his master from at the sword academy, Kondo Isami (who later went
on to become the leader) and climaxes in the grand battle at Ikedaya Inn where
the group saved the Emperor from being abducted and the city of Kyoto reduced
to flames. A very important motion picture, with realistic depictions of sword
s-
manship that ranks with the best!

Directed by: ICHIMURA Hirokazu
Cast: KURIZUKA Asahi, WAZAKI Shunya, UCHIDA Ryohei, ISHIKURA Hidehik


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BLIND SWORDSWOMAN: HELLISH SKIN
Mekura no Oichi Jigokuhada - 1969 - Color - Widescreen

The second film in this series has O'Ichi the Blind facing off against a woman who is
an expert with the bullwhip! Terrific action and a great story make this one of the top
films in the series. O'Ichi may have met her match as she vies with the evil beauty that
has set her sights on destroying her. She must face numerous other challenges
before confronting her greatest rival. While longing to live and love like other women,
she is compelled to remain a desperado. This is one of the best samurai era films
from Japan and has received high praise in Alain Silver's "The Samurai Film" the
critical standard for the genre.


Directed by: MATSUDA Teiji
Cast:
MATSUYAMA Yoko, KONOE Jushiro, IRIE Yasunori, MATSUOKA Kikko


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BLOODED SPEAR
Chiyari Muso - 1959 - Color - Widescreen

In 1701, the ruling shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi placed Asano Takumi-no-kami Naganori, the lord of Ako, in charge of a reception of envoys from the Imperial Court in Kyoto. He also appointed the protocol official Kira Kozuke-no-suke Yoshinaka to instruct Asano in the ceremonies. On the day of the reception, at Edo Castle, Asano drew his short sword and attempted to kill Kira after he had insulted Asano. For this, he was sentenced to commit seppuku, but Kira went without punishment. The Shogunate confiscated Asano's lands and dismissed the samurai who had served him, making them ronin. Movie synopsis: While waiting for an opportunity for revenge on his late master's death, Ako soldier Sugino meets a skilled spear fighter Tawaraboshi Genban who trains him on mastering the art of spear fighting. Another great Chushingura movie version, and with an amazing all-star cast, a must see! (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi
Cast: KATAOKA Chiezo, OKAWA Hashizo, WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo, HASEGAWA Yumiko, OKOCHI Denjiro, YAMAGATA Isao, SUSUKIDA Kenji


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BLOODY SPEAR ON MOUNT FUJI
Chiyari Fuji - 1955 - B/W - Fullscreen - Extras

One of the great classics of Japanese Cinema, this is a movie that tells a marvelous story about how a lowly lancer is forced to make a choice between life and honor. Showing the corruption of the upper class and their brutality towards those of lower rank, this film is the precursor to some popular recent films, most notably the great Fujisawa Shuhei's "Twilight Samurai" and "Bushi no Ichibun". Gonpachi is portrayed by the longtime star Kataoka Chiezo in one of his most heartfelt performances. The tension mounts throughout the film building to an exciting and surprising conclusion. A masterpiece in glorious black and white, this film ranks with some of the best works of Kurosawa, Yamanaka, and Ito.

Directed by: UCHIDA Tomu
Cast:
KATAOKA Chiezo, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, KITAGAWA Chizuru, SHINDO Eitaro





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BORED HATAMOTO:
RIDDLE OF THE SNAKE PRINCESS' MANSION

Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko Nazo No Hebi Hime Yashiki - 1957 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen

Saotome Mondonosuke, a sword master and guard of the Shogunate, must foil a
Minister's sister's plan to assassinate the Shogun. Yet before he can act, the Minister
pre-emptively kidnaps Saotome's lover and her brother. Starring screen legend Utaemon
Ichikawa in the role he made famous this is one of the longest running series in Japanese
film history. And it features an early appearance by Utaemon's son Kinya Kitaoji, who has
gone on to major stardom himself. The Crescent Scarred Hatamoto (or Bored Samurai) is
the story of a samurai who lives only for the excitement of swordplay!

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Directed by: Yasushi Sasaki
Cast: Utaemon Ichikawa, Ryunosuke Tsukigata, Kinya Kitaoji, Hanshiro Iwai




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BORED HATAMOTO: THE ACROBATS OF DEATH
Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko: Nazo no Nanban-Daiko - 1959 - Color -
Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) - Extras

Digitally Remastered 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Version!

During the reign of 5th Shogun Tokugawa Tsuneyoshi a troupe of Chinese acrobats travel to Japan to help celebrate the building of the Yushima Shrine. At the same time a series of mysterious assassinations take place with a strange and unknown weapon. Master swordsman Saotome Mondonosuke, a 'Hatamoto' (direct retainer of the shogun) and a man who loves action takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the mystery and and solve the puzzling crimes. Could the visitors have anything to do with it, or is this the case of a major frame-up being carried out by those who would take over the shogunate themselves? One of the most popular and intriguing characters in Japanese cinema, Mondonosuke, who sports a ’crescent shaped scar' on his forehead that signifies his right to kill in the name of the shogun faces one of his most dangerous enemies in this exciting entry in the series.

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: ICHIKAWA Utaemon, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, KITAOJI Kinya, SANTO Akiko, MIURA Mitsuko, SAKUMA Yoshiko, SHINDO Eitaro, KAGA Kunio, YAMAGATA Isao
Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi

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BORED HATAMOTO: THE MYSTERIOUS CAPE
Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko, Nazo no Ryujin Misaki - 1963 - Color -
Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) - Extras

Ryujin Misaki (Cape Dragon), located at the edge of the Genkai Sea, is known as an isolation ward for leprosy patients. When Saotome Mondonosuke, a master swordsman and 'Hatamoto' (direct retainer of the shogun), hears news of a doctor gone missing, he begins to suspect that things are not what they seem at Ryujin Misaki. Intent on discovering the truth, Saotome launches a private investigation. Known as "The Bored Hatamoto", Saotome Mondonosuke was the subject of 30 movies (1930-1963), this is the very last one of those.

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: ICHIKAWA Utaemon, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, SATOMI Kotaro, MISORA Hibari, YAMAGATA Isao
Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi

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BOUNTY HUNTER MUYONOSUKE
Goken! Shokin Kasegi Muyonosuke - 1990 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

Based on the comics by Saito Takao (creator of Golgo 13 and Kagegari), One of
the finest sword fighting actors to ever grace the silver screen, Takahashi Hideki
stars as Muyonosuke, the one-eyed ronin who makes his living as a bounty
hunter who is on a never-ending quest to find the man who murdered his father.
The usually aloof Muyonosuke, who never would pause to help the common man
winds up befriending an orphan boy and a mysterious woman, and getting
involved in a feud between two families, but finds out there is a high power
behind the curtain who pulls their strings. A great story and powerful swordplay
highlights this great film!

Directed by: MAKIGUCHI Yuji
Cast: TAKAHASHI Hideki, KAJI Meiko, ASAOKA Yukiji





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BRAVE RONIN, A
Roningai no Kaoyaku - 1963 - Color - Widescreen

A story of ronin living in the impoverished outskirts of Edo come together to fight
against the evil rich Hanya crime family. The action begins when a woman escapes
from their clutches with the help of a brave ronin who is willing to put his life on the
line and stand tall against the brutal town bosses. Ichikawa Utaemon gives one of his
better performances as Tsugumo Hanbei, a man among men. While others may
quake in fear he rises to the occasion. The fighting is fast and furious in this superb
tale of old japan! (TV broadcast quality)

Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi
Cast: ICHIKAWA Utaemon, TAKACHIHO Hizuru, MATSUO Kazuko, KITAHARA Shigemi







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BRIDE IN UGUISU CASTLE, THE
Uguisu-jo no Hanayome - 1958 - Color - Widescreen

Romance and action are the order of the day when Princess Matsu of the Uguisu Castle, who takes no interest in getting married, has a change of heart when she meets the handsome lord Hikoshiro. Nothing is as it seems in this exciting and heartfelt film. Otomo Ryutaro turns in a stellar performance at the height of his career.

(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by:
MATSUMURA Masaharu
Cast:
OTOMO Ryutaro, OKAWA Keiko, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, OKA Satomi,
NAKAHARA Hitomi, YUKISHIRO Keiko, YAMAGATA Isao, SUSUKIDA Kenji








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BRIDE OF PEACOCK CASTLE
Kujaku-jo no Hanayome - 1959 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) - Extras

The delightful and ever popular Misora Hibari stars as Princess Kazu, the daughter of Shogun Ienari, who is sent to marry Matsudaira Nobunao, master of Peacock castle in Kozuke province, a domain of 17,000 koku. When the procession carrying her sizable dowry was so large that it was expected to take 30 days to reach the castle the members of the clan were surprised to learn that it contained only her barest essentials! Would her presence create a problem too large for the clan to deal with? And having been trained by Lord Yagyu himself, will her martial skills ruin the marital plans set forth for the couple, or can she be tamed in time for the wedding?

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: OTOMO Ryutaro, MISORA Hibari, OKOCHI Denjiro, NAKAMURA Katsuo, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, YAMAGATA Isao, SUSUKIDA Kenji, MATSUURA Tsukie, YASHIOJI Yoshiko
Directed by: MATSUMURA Shoji

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BRIDE OF WHITE CASTLE
Hakuba-Jo no Hanayome - 1961 - Color - Widescreen

The romantic Hakuba Castle is the catalyst for this tale of love and intrigue in old
Japan. Growing up a poor orphan girl, Okimi the weaver has been dreaming of
being swept off her feet by a knight on a white horse. Sometimes she hears a
young lord and a princess whisper sweet words of love. While her dreams are
only dreams, she does fall in love with a handsome thief disguised as a wealthy
young lord, leading to complications in this highly entertaining story. She believes
that her destiny is to marry the lord and become the 'Bride of White Castle'. Will it
lead to joy or tragedy? Don't miss out on the exciting conclusion! A sparkling
performance by Japan's most popular female actress Misora Hibari makes this
one of the most enjoyable of her many films.
(TV Broadcast quality.)

Directed by:
SAWASHIMA Tadashi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, TAKADA Kokichi, TSURATA Koji




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BULL'S EYE OF LOVE
Oshidori Kago - 1958 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

Young Lord Genjiro, who abandoned his castle to live as a commoner in Edo, returns
home to resotre peace amidst disruption over an inheritance dispute. Warned by a
fortune-teller that he would die by the sword, the young lord must courageously battle
30 or 40 men who attack without warning. Meanwhile, his love affair with Kocho
(Hibari), a singer who is also a skilled archer. This film features brilliant performances
from some of Toei Studios most popular actors and actresses. The combination of
mega-stars like Nakamura Kinnosuke and Misora Hibari, coupled with outstanding
support from Kinnosuke's talented brother Nakamura Katsuo and stalwart elder
statesman Tsukigata Ryunosuke makes for a winning formula. Can his
swordsmanship save the day?
All-star cast!

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With removable English Subtitles and DVD Extras.


Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, NAKAMURA Katsuo, TSUKIGATA
Ryunosuke, FUSHIMI Sentaro, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, NAKAHARA Hitomi


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BUNSHIRO & FUKU (aka LOVE & WAR OF A SAMURAI)
Semi Shigure - 2003 - Color - Widescreen - 3 Discs

Based on a novel by Shuhei Fujisawa, who also wrote the source material for Twilight
Samurai and The Hidden Blade, Mitsuo Kurotsuchi's film is a beautiful tale of love and
honor. A youth named Maki Bunshiro is asked to bring a young girl named Fuku to a
fireworks festival. Their instant attraction will lead to some of the most gripping action and
drama in the annals of film. Featuring plenty of superb swordplay, this tale of the lifelong
romance that defied all odds is a brilliant example of Japanese television at its finest.
With a great cast that includes such stalwarts as motion picture legend Hira Mikijiro, this is
not to be missed. Winner of the Monte Carlo Film and Television Festival 2004 in the TV
division (Golden Nymph price). (TV Broadcast quality)

Part 1 "The Storm"
Part 2 "The Trap"
Part 3 "The Passing Years" (Finale)

Directed by: ---
Cast:
UCHINO Masaaki, MIZUNO Maki, KATSUNO Hiroshi, HIRA Mikijiro


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CASE OF UMON: HELL'S WINDMILL
Umon Torimonocho: Jigoku no Kazaguruma - 1960 - Color - Widescreen

Umon's services are called upon when innocent bystanders, Okayo and
Minokichi, along with the ronin, Gontaro are mistakenly identified as suspects in
several recent murder cases. To prove their innocence and uncover the truth,
Umon launches his own investigation. Known as THE constable of Edo, Kondo
Umon is a handsome and wise detective who uses his skills to catch the true
perpetrator of vicious crimes. In addition to having to deal with the criminal
element, he must also contend with the "Pock-marked" constable for the North
Magistrate, Keishiro. A man as incompetent as he is ugly. Umon, together with
his number one follower 'Talkative' Denroku must unravel the mystery before
Keishiro can foolishly ruin the lives of the young lovers. There's plenty of action,
mystery, and suspense in this thrilling story of good triumphing over evil.
(TV Broadcast quality.)

Directed by: Tadashi Sawashima
Cast: Ryutaro Otomo, Kotaro Satomi, Satomi Oka, Shunji Sakai, Ryunosuke
Tsukigata, Isao Yamagata


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CASE OF UMON: NANBANZAME MURDERS
Umon Torimonocho: Nanbanzame - 1961 - Color - Widescreen

Detective Umon's services are called upon when a serial killer threatens the lives of
those living in Edo Harbor. Superstar Otomo Ryutaro ("Tange Sazen" etc.) at his very
best, and an incredible all-star cast, a must see!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: OZAWA Shigehiro
Cast:
 OTOMO Ryutaro, OKAWA Hashizo, OKA Satomi, OKAWA Keiko, YAMASHIRO
Shingo, YAMAGATA Isao, SAKAI Shunji, SHINDO Eitaro










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CASE OF UMON: ONE-EYED WOLF
Umon Torimonocho: Katame no Okami - 1959 - Color - Widescreen

Ryutaro Otomo, best known for his role in the renowned TANGE SAZEN series, stars as the
skillful detective, Umon, in this popular jidaigeki series "Umon Torimonocho". Handsome
and clever detective Kondo Umon is on a mission to solve the mysterious murder of five
people who were hanged and killed with bowstrings. Lots of exciting Samurai action, mixed
with humor and romance in one of the most entertaining films in the series. The mystery
deepens as to the identity of 'One Eyed Wolf', a vicious killer who has both the North and
South Magistrate's Offices racing to beat the clock in order to save the Shogun.
(TV Broadcast quality.)

Directed by: Tadashi Sawashima
Cast: Ryutaro Otomo, Kotaro Satomi, Hiromi Hanazono






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CASE OF UMON: WOMAN OF THE MAGIC LANTERN
Umon Torimonocho Maboroshi Toro no Onna - 1961 - Color - Widescreen

One of the most entertaining and popular series is back with this colorful story of the ongoing rivalry between Japan's most famous detective, Kondo Umon and his arch-enemy Murakami Keishiro of the South Magistrate's office. Only one of them can get a highly sought after promotion and as they vie for the superior position. Meanwhile the mysterious murder of a ronin named Bizen Yaichiro that was committed in the Fukazawa district will lead to an exciting and thrilling conclusion.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by:
KUDO Eiichi
Cast:
OTOMO Ryutaro, SATOMI Kotaro, OKA Satomi, SHINDO Eitaro,
SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, SAKAI Shunji







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CASE OF YOUNG LORD 1-2
Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho - 1956 - B/W - Fullscreen

PART 1: As a result of illness and unemployment, Yamaoka Tatewaki, a "Hatamoto" (or direct vassal of the Shogun), pawned his family heirloom, a valuable Gosu plate for 100 ryo. When, of all occasions, Yokogawa Dewa came to visit and asked to see the Gosu plate on May 5th, Boy's Festival. Yamaoka then sent his steward to borrow the plate back, but the pawnbroker coldheartedly refused. He died soon thereafter of an unknown cause. Soon after that, two warehouses were broken into, but nothing was taken. When Detective Shokichi seeks the help of Young lord samurai, in solving these mysterious crimes that plague the town he takes the case and immediately surmises that the thief was looking for something special. Could the answer be hidden in the coffin of a deceased merchant who had his most valuable things buried with him. The tension mounts and the mystery deepens. Can Young lord solve the case?

PART 2: After getting permission to dig up the pawnbroker's grave, Young lord samurai was surprised to find the body was missing, as was the Gosu plate. He had a suspect in mind, and was able to use him to learn of the pawnbroker's hideout and try to piece together the parts of the puzzle. A superb and exciting conclusion to a very clever mystery story set during the Golden Age of Japan. With no easy questions and his life hanging in the balance, can Young lord solve the mystery and regain the valuable plate? (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: FUKADA Kinnosuke
Cast:
OKAWA Hashizo, HOSHI Michiko, HASEGAWA Yumiko


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CASE OF YOUNG LORD 3
Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho Mano Shibijin Yashiki - 1956 - B/W - Fullscreen

Based on the popular newspaper series comes a tale of mystery and intrigue. Starring the handsome Okawa Hashizo as 'Young Lord', Toei entertainment reaches a high standard as the unlikely sleuth sets out to solve the mystery of what went on at the Inner Palace, where a young woman who had served the Shogun came home in fear for her life. Will Young Lord be able to uncover the truth of what went on at the Palace, and does it tie into a series of murders that have been occuring just before the festival? Action, intrigue, and murder most foul! All the elements of an exciting motion picture!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: FUKADA Kinnosuke
Cast:
OKAWA Hashizo, HOSHI Michiko, CHIHARA Shinobu, RYUZAKI Ichiro, OKA Joji, SAZAN Kakyu, KIYOKAWA Soji, EBARA Shinjiro, OKA Satomi





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CASE OF YOUNG LORD 4
Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho Senketsu no Haregi - 1957 - B/W - Fullscreen

A series of home invasions and brutal murders have struck fear into the hearts of the community lead the townspeople to request the help of Young Lord in finding out who is carrying out these terrible crimes. The appearance of a blood-stained wedding Kimono for a samurai woman makes this on of the most puzzling cases that Young Lord has ever had to solve. Exciting and tension Young Lord is like a Japanese Sherlock Holmes or tele-vision CSI as he strives to decipher the mystery and bring the guilty party to justice!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by:
FUKADA Kinnosuke
Cast:
OKAWA Hashizo, URAZATO Harumi, HOSHI Michiko, MIKASA Hiroko,
KATAOKA Eijiro, SUSUKIDA Kenji, TOKUDAIJI Shin






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CASE OF YOUNG LORD 7: RED CRANE MANSION
Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho: Benizuru Yashiki - 1958 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) - Extras

All is not well in an a small fishing village not far from Edo. Mysterious goings-on are happening at Echigoya’s Red Crane Mansion, and when Young Lord comes to relax he finds no peace until he can unravel the mystery rooted in the past when a beautiful samurai princess prayed for a handsome bridegroom to take her away. When a body turns up on the riverbank it is high time for Young Lord to delve into the case, while avoiding dangerous gangsters who have taken over the town. This is the 7th case that Young Lord is called upon to solve. Leaving only the mystery of who he is and where he came from! As always, Okawa Hashizo plays the role to perfection.

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: OKAWA Hashizo, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, HANAZONO Hiromi,
TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke. ONOUE Koinosuke, SHINDO Eitaro
Directed by: SAWAJIMA Tadashi

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CASES OF HANSHICHI
Hanshichi Torimono-cho Mittsu no Nazo - 1960 - Color - Widescreen

Detective Hanshichi (Kataoka Chiezo) solves 3 mysterious murder cases. Great story
and an impressive all-star cast, a must see!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi
Cast:
KATAOKA Chiezo, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, TSURUTA Koji, CHIHARA Shinobu












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CASTLE OF CROSSED DESTINIES, THE
Ooku: Eien - Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi-hen - 2012 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) - Extras

It's special effects galore in the first film from noted director Sawashima Tadashi, as the ninja of Koga and Iga Clans square off against each other. During the Warring State Era, Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi are vying for power and each uses their secret weapons in order to try and defeat the other. Momochi Sandayu of the Iga, along with his disciple Ishikawa Goemon are ordered by Ieyasu to assassinate Hideyoshi and get the blueprints for the hidden fortress within Osaka Castle. Meanwhile the Koga group organizes to try and defend the castle for the peace of the nation. Beating off every trick from Sandayu, Torawakamaru protects the drawing, and when Ieyasu figures out a way to hold a match between Koga and Iga the two masters fight the greatest ninja battle ever held. The effects are truly spectacular in this classic ninja film from Toei. It has never been released on video, and this is the first opportunity to see it in the West.

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: SAKAI Masato, KANNO Miho, ENOKI Takaaki, NISHIDA Toshiyuki,
ONO Machiko, EMOTO Tasuku, SAKAI Masaaki, ISHIGE Yoshie
Directed by: KANEKO Fuminori

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CASTLE OF FLAMES
Hono no Shiro - 1960 - Color - Widescreen - Extras

Digitally Remastered Edition!

The best of Shakepeare's plays has been seamlessly transformed into an exciting samurai film by one of Japan's greatest filmmakers, Kato Tai. With superstar Okawa Hashizo in the lead, Castle of Flames is the movie that Kurosawa Akira missed out on making. Staying true to the Bard's original vision, this is highlighted by one of the best swordfights ever put on film. This is the movie that everyone has been waiting for, finally come to DVD for the first time!

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

This is NOT the Hawaii TV recording! Remastered from a new superior print!
With removable English Subtitles.


Cast: OKAWA Hashizo, MITA Yoshiko, OKOCHI Denjiro, TAKAMINE Mieko,
AKASHI Ushio, KUROKAWA Yataro
Directed by: KATO Tai


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CASTLE OF OWLS
Ninja Hicho Fukuro no Shiro - 1963 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

From the pen of noted author Shiba Ryutaro comes this classic ninja story set during the final days of the Sengoku Period. Commonly referred to as the 'Era of Warring Clans', this was the most exciting period in Japanese history as the most powerful warlords vied to become the supreme ruler of Japan, the Shogun.With war against Korea looming on the horizon, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the 'Taiko' becomes the target of an assassination attempt to be carried out by the Iga Clan of ninja spies. Master spy Tsuzura Juzo (Otomo Ryutaro) is assigned the task, but first he must defeat a former Iga spy who has become a traitor, and outwit the treacherous woman that is trying to seduce him. Outstanding action, great story, enter the era of the Ninja!

This is NOT the Hawaii Tv recording! Remastered from a new amazing print!
Also includes, a subtitled interview with true ninja master, Hatsumi Masaaki!

Directed by: KUDO Eiichi
Cast: OTOMO Ryutaro, OKI Minoru, HONMA Chiyoko, KAWARAZAKI Choichiro

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CHIISAKOBE
Chiisakobe -1962 - Color - Widescreen

A carpenter, Shigetsugu, learns a lesson of love and humanity from five orphaned
children and an affectionate woman named Oritsu. It's a winning combination of
drama and humor. The warm friendship that grows between the carpenter, the
woman and the children making this into a true touching masterpiece. Add to that
an all-star cast, this movie is not to be missed!


Directed by:
TASAKA Tomotaka
Cast:
NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, CHIEMI Eri, NAKAMURA Katsuo, SAKURAMACHI
Hiroko, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, ATUMI Kiyoshi, KOGURE Michiyo








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CHIVALROUS SPIRIT, A
Ninkyo Tokaido - 1958 - Color - Widescreen

An all-star cast highlights this Jidai-Geki classic. Set in the samurai era, this is the tale
of period Yakuza. One of the real classics in this genre. Jirocho, an honorable and
respected gang boss, uncovers a conspiracy organized by his rivals while on a quest
to bring justice to three murders. Some of the most famous actors from Toei studios
make this a must-see for everyone! Featuring a very young Nakamura Kinnosuke, who
went on to become one of Japan’s mosted noteworthy actors under the name
Yorosuya Kinnosuke. This is one of the best examples his early work.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: MATSUDA Sadatsugu
Cast:
KATAOKA Chiezo, NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, ICHIKAWA Utaemon,
OKAWA Hashizo, OTOMO Ryutaro, AZUMA Chiyonosuke





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CHOSHICHIRO'S EDO DIARIES:
THE YAGYU CONSPIRACY

Choshichiro Edo Nikki: Yagyu no Inbo - 1984 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

Rumors are circulating that the shogunate is losing control of some feudal domains. Lord Yagyu Munefuyu is assigned to deal with the problem and the rebellious clans will be crushed! Meanwhile, a former vassal of the Kazama clan is shot and killed. Moments later a second man is killed by a mysterious master swordsman. Matsudaira Choshichiro and his companions arrive at the crime scene and find a new type of repeating gun. The carved seal on the gun stock belong to the Saiga; a ninja clan abolished by the shogunate many years ago. The blame for the murders is placed on the Kazama clan. Are they guilty or is this a wise cunning plan by Lord Yagyu to be able to destroy the Kazama clan? Choshichiro sets out to reveal the truth and try to save the doomed Kazama clan! In his way are the Owari, Lord Yagyu and his ninja assassins, and the mysterious master swordsman! Will Choshichiro prevail against impossible odds...?

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: SATOMI Kotaro, TANBA Tetsuro, NATSUKI Isao, HINO Shohei
Directed by: OZAWA Keiichi


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CHRISTIAN REVOLT, THE
Amakusa Tokisada Shiro - 1963 - B/W - 16:9 Widescreen

In 1637, the Tokugawa Shogunate mandated religious orders to severely restrict and contain the spread of Christianity. In Kyushu, Shimabara and Amakusa, the Christian population was particularly large, and the farmers continuously endured extreme pain and suffering under the oppression of the land's rulers. Unable to pay taxes because of severe famine, Christians watched their daughters taken away by the samurai and waited for a miracle that could save them. People lined up to follow Shiro of Amakusa in the belief that he was the one to lead them out of despair. This is a serious story taken from the pages of history, and exposes what led up to the siege of Shimabara. A tremendous performance by mega-star Okawa Hashizo along with crisp direction by noted filmmaker Oshima Nagisa raise the level of this film to true art.

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With removable English Subtitles and DVD Extras.


Directed by: OSHIMA Nagisa
Cast:
OKAWA Hashizo, OKA Satomi, MIKUNI Rentaro, OTOMO Ryutaro


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CHRONICLE OF THE TOWN MAGISTRATE
Machi-bugyo Nikki - 1987 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

In a maelstrom of evil, can a new magistrate, samurai Mochizuki Koheita, with a reputation like an alley cat, bring order to the town of Horisoto, or is he, too a corrupt villain looking to gain wealth from the oppressed people? From the pen of famed samurai author Yamamoto Shugoro, this exciting tale turns the tables on the standard samurai story with a unique lead character previously portrayed in Ichikawa Kon’s “Dora Heita.”

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: WATANABE Ken, IKEGAMI Kimiko, NADAKA Tatsuro, ENAMI Anko,
TAKASHINA Kaku, KAMIYAMA Shigeru
Directed by: KUDO Eiichi

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CHUJI THE GAMBLER
Kunisada Chuji - 1960 - Color - Widscreen - Uncut! - DVD Extras

Chuji Kunisada returns to his home village to find that Jubei Matsui, the corrupt
magistrate, has been responsible for virtually destroying Kunisada's family. A
final tragedy leads Kunisada to join with a band of rogues living in the forest in
robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, always with an eye toward avenging
himself on Magistrate Matsui. The legend of Kunisada Chuji, a renowned figure
of Japanese lore on a par with Robin Hood, has provided material for several
movies, this one, starring the greatest samurai film star of all-time, Toshiro
Mifune!

For the first time ever, Remastered, Uncut 101-minutes, Widescreen Edition!
With removable English Subtitles + DVD Extras!


Directed by: Senkichi Taniguchi
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Daisuke Kato, Michiyo Aratama

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CHUSHINGURA 1/47
Chushingura 1/47 - 2001 - Color - Fullscreen

The TV movie version of Chushingura, a popular japanese story of 47 samurai
seeking revenger for thier betrayed master. This verision of Chushingura, often
called one of the best, premiered in December, 2001 on Fuji Network. The movie
centers on a particular ronin among the 47 named "Yasube Horibe." With
removable English Subtitles.

Directed by: KAWAKE Shunsaku
Cast: TSUTSUMI Shinichi, FUKAZU Eri, OKADA Junichi









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CHUSHINGURA: VENDETTA OF OBLIGATION
Chushingura - 1985 - Color - Fullscreen - 2 Discs

Japan's greatest story is told in a new and exciting way. This is the story of the 47 ronin of
the Ako clan who rose up to avenge the brutal death of their beloved master Asano Takumi-
no-kami after his failed attack on the vile Lord Kira led to his being ordered to commit ritual
suicide in a garden on the grounds of the shogun's palace. The story has been told many
times, but never like this. Powerful swordfighting highlights the carrying out of the Vendetta
of Obligation against a snowy backdrop of death!

Directed by: Masuda Toshio
Cast:
SATOMI Kotaro, TANBA Tetsuro, SAIGO Teruhiko, NATSUYAGI Isao


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CLAN REVIVAL
Shin Shokoku Monogatari Fuefuki Doji - 1954 - B/W - Fullscreen - 3 Discs

After the Onin War ended in 1477, Kyoto was left in ashes and the nation was in complete disorder. Bands of roving samurai called the "nobushi" terrorized the country under the leadership of Akagaki Genba and overthrew Mangetsu Castle in Tanba Province scattering the few survivors. Lord Niwa's two sons have been studying in China and return to Japan upon hearing of the tragedy in an attempt to restore the clan. On Mt. Oe they meet magician Kiri no Kojiro and try to enlist his aid. With touches of the supernatural and rousing sword-play can they succeed against the evil villains whose symbol is the skull mask? This black and white trilogy is a true classic in every sense of the word! This volume includes all 3 parts! (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: HAGIWARA Ryo
Cast:
TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, OTOMO Ryutaro, AZUMA Chiyonosuke,
NAKAMURA Kinnosuke





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COLD RICE, OSAN, CHAN
"Hiyameshi to Osan to Chan" - 1955 - Color - Widescreen

Veteran actor Kinnosuke Nakamura takes on three separate roles in three short
stories. Hiyameshi: A younger son of a modest family, often referred as "cold rice",
realizes his dream of leading an independent life. Osan: Carpenter Santa travels
throughout Japan in search of his missing wife. Chan: Poverty stricken craftsman
Jukichi must find ways to make money for his family.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: TASAKA Tomotaka
Cast:
NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, KOGURE Michiyo, IRIE Wakaba, MITA Yoshiko Mita,
OZAWA Shoichi, CHIAKI Minoru









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COLD WIND MONJIRO
Kogarashi Monjiro - 1972 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) - Extras

A lone gambler who has neither a boss or henchman, Kogarashi Monjiro follows the code of the Yakuza when he stays at the home of his best friend, a local boss who fought side by side with him against overwhelming forces in the past. Together they plan to see justice done in the case of the brutal murder of a corrupt official, who happens to be the town’s police agent and a member of the local gang. When things don’t go as planned Monjiro must draw his sword against paid assassins as well as the local Yakuza boss who created a living hell.

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: SUGAWARA Bunta, WATASE Tsunehiko, IBUKI Goro, SASAZAWA Saho, YAMAMOTO Rinichi, KOIKE Asao
Directed by: NAKAJIMA Sadao

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CONSPIRATOR, THE
Hangyakuji - 1961 - Color - 16:9 Anamorphic - Extras

This is the chronicle of the tragic life and anguish of a young lord in the Warring Clans’ era.
Young lord Saburo Nobuyasu struggles to find comfort in life. His arranged marriage to
Tokuhime, daughter of one-time family enemy Oda Nobunaga, provides little happiness.
His manipulative mother adds further complications through her constant interference and
attempts at defeating the Oda family. A true classic in the historical sense, this is a superb
film with deep insight into the culture of old Japan. At that time it was common for erstwhile
enemies to form alliances through marriage. While it might seem a good idea at the time,
the result is often tragic.

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Directed by: ITO Daisuke
Cast:
NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke




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CRIMSON PEACOCK
Shin Shokoku Monogatari Beni Kujaku - 1954/55 - B/W - Fullscreen - Extras

5 movies! Total running time, approx. 270 minutes!

One of the greatest film serials ever to come out of Japan puts together an all-star cast in the search for the key of the Crimson Peacock, a treasure trove that will make whoever discovers it the richest man in the world. The battle lines are drawn between two rival groups, the Swans and the Skulls competing to find the key and the map, while unrequited love for a beautiful woman complicates everything as she is forced to take a potion that gives her an evil heart. It’s edge of the seat excitement from start to finish in this 5 movie serial as parts 1 through 4 each end with a cliffhanger, building suspense to the very end when all is revealed! There is action, romance, and intrigue, with a touch of black magic as the forces of good and evil collide!

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With removable English Subtitles and DVD Extras. (Courtesy of Ichiban)

Directed by: HAGIWARA Ryo
Cast:
NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, OTOMO Ryutaro, AZUMA Chiyonosuke


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CRUEL TALES OF BUSHIDO
Bushido Zankoku Monogatari - 1963 - Color - 16:9 Anamorphic - Extras

Master director Imai Tadashi teams up with Nakamura Kinnosuke in this
controversial epic based on the novel by Nanjo Norio. The film depicts the bloody
history of loyalty and the samurai spirit still alive in the Japanese culture today, in
seven grotesque tales of seven generations from the Edo period to now. When Iigura
Susumu's fiancée attempts suicide, he is reminded of his family history recorded in
his ancestors' journals, about generations of samurai who sacrificed themselves in
order to serve their lords and the nation. Terror strikes him as he realizes that he's
about to repeat his family's horrific history.


Directed by: IMAI Tadashi
Cast:
NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, ARIMA Ineko, MITA Yoshiko, OKA Satomi


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DAREDEVIL IN THE CASTLE
Osaka-Jo Monogatari - 1961 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

After losing his family in the Battle of Sekigahara, Mohei the demon, a desperado,
comes to Osaka. In that chaotic time, he looks for a job and in intrigued by the
towering Osaka Castle. Wishing to work for the castle, he must smuggle guns
that were unloaded from a Portuguese ship onto six wagons and sneak through
the invading Tokugawa army.

Remastered from a new amazing print! With removable English Subtitles.

Directed by: INAGAKI Hiroshi
Cast: MIFUNE Toshiro, KAGAWA Kyoko, HOSHI Yuriko, KUGA Yoshiko

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DATE MASAMUNE: THE ONE-EYED DRAGON
Dokuganryu Masamune - 1942 - B/W - Fullscreen - Extras

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!

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: KATAOKA Chiezo, TAKAYAMA Tokuemon, MIZUSHIMA Michitaro,
TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, AZUMA Ryonosuke, ICHIKAWA Haruyo
Directed by: INAGAKI Hiroshi


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DATE MASAMUNE: THE ONE-EYED DRAGON
Dokuganryu no Yabo Date Masamune - 1993 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras - 2 Discs

Young Masamune upon learning of the death of Nobunaga decides that he is the man to
fill those sainted clogs. The fastest way to do this is to subjugate the neighboring
warlords. This is an action that results in the death of his father and younger brother and
not the least brings him to the attention of Hideyoshi and not in a good way either but
intervention by the regents nephew Hidetsugu and Maeda Toshiie save his neck
although he is forced to move to a smaller fief and send his wife to Kyoto as hostage.
Although curbed of his lofty ambitions his friendship with Hidetsugu again lands him in
hot water when Ishida Mitsunari arranges the downfall of the 'Unfortunate Hidetsugu',
Toshiie and Ieyasu save his neck and the flamboyant young warlord is sent to Korea
where he wins great honors. Upon his return Hideyoshi is dead and Masamune allies
himself with Tokugawa Ieyasu thus assuring the survival of the Date family. An amazing
story from beginning to the end!


Directed by: MASUDA Toshio / NISHIGAKI Yoshiharu
Cast:
TAKAHASHI Hideki, NATSUYAGI Isao, TSUGAWA Masahiko, AKIYOSHI Kumiko,
KITAOJI Kinya, ISHIBASHI Renji, TAMURA Ryo, WAKABAYASHI Go

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DEATH SHADOWS
Jittemai - 1986 - Color - 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen - Extras

The Gosha classic "Jittamei" is finally available with English Subtitles. During the Edo
period, a secret force dealt with the hardcore criminals that even the town magistrates
couldn't handle. When one of their number is murdered by a corrupt lord, his daughter
vows revenge and discovers a conspiracy that runs deep in the government.
With
removavble English Subtitles and also includes the English dub.

Directed by: GOSHA Hideo
Cast:
ISHIHARA Mariko, SERA Masanori, NATSUKI Mari, WATASE Tsunehiko









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DECISIVE BATTLE AT KURODA CASTLE
Gozonji Kuroda-Bushi: Kessen Kuroda-Jo - 1960 - B/W - Widescreen - Extras

After the massacre of Christians at Shimabara, followers of Amakusa Shiro band together in a plot to overthrow the shogunate in order to exact revenge on the Tokugawa. At the same time there is a succession dispute in the Kuroda clan, as one faction tried to usurp the rightful heir and take over the honored clan. Before his untimely death, the lord of the Kuroda bestowed “Nihongo” a magnificent spear on his finest warrior, which ultimately brings him into contact with two of Japan’s most famous historical figures, Yagyu Jubei and Miyamoto Musashi. Can the three masters of martial art join forces to defeat their enemies and save the nation?

(Courtesy of Ichiban)

Directed by: KADONO Goro
Cast:
ARASHI Kanjuro, BANDO Kotaro, DATE Shozaburo, NAMIURA Namiji


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DEMON OF MT OE
Oe-Yama Shuten Doji - 1960 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

Lush! Erotic! Fantastical! The demon-faced monster seeking revenge appears in
the forms of a gigantic ox and a huge spider! The young Genji warrior protects the
Fujiwara Clan and the beautiful lady in tragic love! A grand visual epic told with
mesmerizing extravagance!


Directed by: TANAKA Tokuzo
Cast:
ICHIKAWA Raizo, HASEGAWA Kazuo, KATSU Shintaro, HONGO Kojiro

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DESTINY PASS
Unmei Toge - 1993 - Color - Fullscreen - Extras

With an all-star cast led by Matsudaira Ken and Natsuyagi Isao, this exciting tale set in the aftermath of the fall of Osaka Castle tells the story of the last of the Toyotomi heirs in his quest for revenge against the Tokugawa. Hidenari, the son of Hideyori and grandson of Hideyoshi is smuggled to safety after his hideout is discovered. Bringing together many of the most renowned historical figures from that era, including Hattori Hanzo, Yagyu Jubei, and Miyamoto Musashi, the gathering forces of each faction strive to succeed in battle. Spectacular action sequences abound as some of the most powerful forces in Japan prepare to meet on the field of battle! Original story by Shibata Renzaburo.

(Courtesy of Ichiban)

Directed by: SAITO Mitsumasa
Cast:
MATSUDAIRA Ken, NATSUYAGI Isao, NISHIDA Ken, WATABIKI Katsuhiko


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DETECTIVE HIBARI: CASE OF THE GOLDEN HAIRPINS
Hibari Torimonocho Kanzashi Koban - 1958 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen

Oshichi, a famous female detective, takes it upon herself to investigate the murder of a
woman, which occurs during an event for the festival of the Asakusa Shrine. Misora
Hibari was a huge star in Japan at that time, and her immense popularity led to many
film roles. In those days Toei Films usually featured a musical number of some sort,
and this is no exeption. The tradition of incorp-orating music and dance into jidai-geki
films lives on to this day, as witnessed by the 'Step-Dancing' segment in the current
ZATOICHI 2004 by Beat Takeshi. In addition to fine acting and an intelligent story, there
is some excellent swordplay here, with the top action hero Azuma Chiyonosuke teaming
up with the heroine as a drunken ronin with superb sword skills, which are put to good
use in having to save her from the murderers trying to avoid punishment.

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Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, SATOMI Kotaro


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DETECTIVE HIBARI: HIDDEN COIN
Hibari Torimonocho: Furisode Koban - 1959 - Color - Widescreen

A mysterious coin found at a murder scene stirs the curiosity of young actress\detective
Oshichi and her brother Hyoma, who set out on a private investigation to unveil the
secrets hidden behind the coin. Japan's most popular actress Misora Hibari returns for
a third time as "Oshichi", the famous female detective, to solve another serious crime.
Her side-kick, the valiant, drunken ronin played by actor Azuma Chiyanosuke is also
back, demonstrating some brilliant sword skills. The first movie in the series is called
”Detective Hibari: Case of the Golden Hairpins" (aka ”Edo Girl Detective”).

(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo, SATOMI Kotaro, AZUMA Chiyonosuke






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DIARY OF A WANDERING LORD
Tonosama Yajikita Torimono Dochu - 1963 - Color - Widescreen

Two thrill seeking young lords sneak out of their castles and travel under the disguise
of townsmen. Action and humor blend together in this entertaining tale of high ranking
samurai getting a taste of real-life, as they roam through Japan seeking adventure.
Told in flash-back, we get to watch them relive the most exciting time of their lives.
Bravura performances by Nakamura Kinnosuke and a strong supporting cast
make this a true classic.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi
Cast:
NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, NAKAHARA Hitomi, OKA Satomi, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko,
YAMAGATA Isao, NAKAMURA Katsuo







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DOUBLE SUICIDE IN SONEZAKI
Sonezaki Shinji - 1978 - Color - Fullscreen

Based on the play by "Chikamatsu Monzaemon", Double Suicide in Sonezaki is the classic tale of the Japanese Romeo and Juilette. Tokubei, who works for his uncle in a shop, and Ohatsu, a prostitute, are star-crossed lovers, who dream of one day paying off their obligations and marry. But when Tokubei’s uncle wants him to marry someone else, and one of Ohatsu’s rich customers wants to marry her, they realize their dream will never come true. So they decide if they can’t live together, then they will die together…

Directed by: MASUMURA Yasuzo
Cast:
KAJI Meiko, UZAKI Ryudo, IGAWA Hisashi


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DRENCHED SWALLOW GONPACHI
Nuretsubame Kurenai Gonpachi - 1958 - Color - Widescreen

This exciting film is the story of Gonpachi, a ronin who falls in love with the daughter of
a man he had killed many years before. There is plenty of action and excitement,
together with the bittersweet romance of two people who cannot be together under any
circum-stances. Okawa Hashizo was not only one of Japan’s foremost stars in the
1950’s and 60’s. He is still considered the most popular Japanese film star of all time,
to this very day. Don’t miss this rare look at a true icon of the silver screen!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: UCHIDE Kokichi
Cast:
OKAWA Hashizo, HASEGAWA Yumiko, OKAWA Keiko, ICHIKAWA Utaemon







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DRUNKEN SWORD
Yoidore Musoken - 1961 - Color - Widescreen - Extras

Tetsunosuke (Ichikawa Utaemon), an eccentric doctor and owner of a fencing school,
takes aim aginst corrupt authorities. Great "Robin Hood" type of story. This is one of
Ichikawa Utaemon's more serious roles, and what a performance, great stuff. And add
to that, a Toei super all-star cast.


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With removable English Subtitles and DVD Extras.


Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi
Cast:
ICHIKAWA Utaemon, SATOMI Kotaro, KONOE Jushiro, AZUMA Chiyonosuke,
SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, OKOCHI Denjiro






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DUEL AT YAGYU VALLEY
Ketto Yagyu Tani - 1945 - B/W - Fullscreen - Extras

During the Warring States era, Hozoin Kakuzenbo and Yagyu Tajima-no-kami, being best friends, spend their days acquiring skills of the spear, sword and martial arts. Hozoin loses a series of matches with master swordsman Kozumi Ise-no-kami. Bitterly ashamed, Hozoin embarks on a journey, trying to perfect his skills. A few years later, Hozoin is ready and it's time for the ultimate showdown with Ise-no-kami!

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: OKOCHI Denjiro, FUJITA Susumu, SHINDO Eitaro, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, KIYOKAWA Soji, KONO Akitake
Directed by: TAKIZAWA Eisuke


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EAST MEETS WEST
East Meets West - 1995 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

In 1860, the Irin-maru is sent from Japan to the US on a diplomatic mission. Upon arriving, they are robbed of the ship’s treasure. Kenkichi, a young samurai assigned to guard the treasure, teams up with an American boy named Sam, whose father was killed in the robbery, to recover the treasure and seek revenge. Meanwhile, the Japanese diplomats suspect Kenkichi of stealing the treasure and sends a ninja after him...


Cast: SANADA Hiroyuki, TAKENAKA Naoto, KISHIBE Kazuho, NAKADAI Tatsuya
Directed by: OKAMOTO Kihachi


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ECHO IN THE MOUNTAINS
Koi Yamabiko - 1959 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

The story begins in the year 1696, about 160 miles northeast of Edo at Ina Village in the
Province of Iida. A man is brutally murdered and his famed 'Shamisen' (three-stringed
musical instrument) called the "Yamabiko" stolen. During the reign of 5th Shogun,
Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (who was, in fact, quite young) and leadership of the nation was
really in the hands of Yanagisawa Mino-no-kami Yoshiyasu. Samurai were forced to give up
archery, and the merchants gave up the abacus. In addition, the cruel and powerful Lord
Yanagisawa had long coveted the "Yamabiko" Shamisen and hatched a plot to take it.
Upon getting married to the daughter of the murdered man, Prince Kogenta swears to
avenge his father-in-law's death and retrieve the family heirloom. (aka "Love of Echo")

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Directed by:
MAKINO Masahiro
Cast:
OKAWA Hashizo, OKA Satomi, OKAWA Keiko, SUSUKIDA Kenji, TANAKA Haruo

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EDO CASTLE REBELLION
Edo-Jo Tairan- 1991 - Color - Widescreen - Extras

The early days of the Tokugawa shogunate are brought to light in this exciting historical tale of broken vows and violent swordplay. In an ambush reminiscent of Miike’s 13 Assassins, although pre-dating that incident by 160 years, the heir to the shogun’s seat is brutally cut down by those who hope to install the emperor’s 5th son as military leader of the nation. A cast of big-name stars led by Matsukata Hiroki and Tanba Tetsuro bring their acting and action skills to the forefront. This made for television movie is directed by internationally renowned filmmaker Masuda Toshio (Tora! Tora! Tora!), whose record breaking box office success in Japan makes this a film that highlights a little known incident that helped change Japan’s future.

(Ichiban/Cannibal King collaboration)

Cast: MATSUKATA Hiroki, TANBA Tetsuro, TOAKE Yukiyo, IKEGAMI Kimiko
Directed by: MASUDA Toshio


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EDO MAGISTRATE, AN
Edokko Bugyo Tenka wo Kiru Otoko - 1961 - Color - Widescreen

When a former artisan is tricked into putting his sister up as collateral for a loan by a
gangster boss in a crooked gambling casino it sets in motion the story of Ooka
Echizen, the famed magistrate of Edo during the reign of Shogun Tsuneyoshi. In a
world where humans bow down to dogs and are beheaded for harming them, it's a
wonder people can survive at all. Nakamura Kinnosuke is a former samurai who has
left the fold to live freely and must put his life on the line to save the girl he loves, and
rescue her from the yakuza who duped her brother. When the truth comes out about
his background, he is forced to take on the role of Edo Magistrate, a decision that
brings him unimaginable heartache and danger! (TV broadcast quality)

Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi
Cast: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, OKA Satomi, YAMAGATA Isao, OKAWA Keiko





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EDO OFFICIAL AND APPRENTICE, THE
Edokko Hangan to Furisode Kozo - 1959 - Color - Widescreen

It's an extravaganza of entertainment as famous magistrate in disguise, Toyama no
Kinshiro attempts to confront the elusive thief known as the "Long-Sleeve Burglar".
Played to the hilt by Misora Hibari in a delightful performance highlighted by singing,
dancing, and swordplay with a unique story within a story twist that starts to unfold in
the city jail as a playwright is brought into custody and meets the famed Long-Sleeve
Burglar himself. Misora Hibari is totally captivating in this gender bending role as the
famed thief whose expoits can only be stopped by the great Kin-san himself!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SAWAJIMA Tadashi
Cast:
KATAOKA Chiezo, MISORA Hibari, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, HANAZONO Hiromi


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EDO PUREBRED
Edokkohada - 1961 - Color - Widescreen

Action and adventure abound in this story of friendship between two rival firefighters, Kichigoro and Jirokichi in old Japan. When Mukai Sadayu, the vassal of Kaga Clan’s accounting officer, Shinagawa Daihachi demands that Omon serve him tea in his mansion and she refuses, the clan’s samurai abduct her setting in motion a series of events that will bring the two firefighters into a world of danger and excitement. Jirokichi, leader of the Edo firefighting team "Ha-gumi" must first rescue Omon from the clutches of the vile Kaga Clan’s retainers.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by:
UCHIDE Kokichi
Cast:
OKAWA Hashizo, CHIHARA Shinobu, YAMAGATA Isao, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, AWASHIMA Chikage, SAKAI Shunji






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EIGHT BRAVE BROTHERS
Satomi Hakkenden - 1959 - Color - Widescreen - 3 Discs

This remake of Satomi Hakkenden is the most requested of all Toei movies and
features some of the greatest special effects ever filmed. Set in the mountains of Awa
Province, a monster bat from the heavens, a monster eagle from the clouds, a killer
amphibian man, and a fire-breathing monster serpent! Mean-while being protected by
the black magic of two sorceresses, the army of Ogigayatsu Sadamasa surges on!
Young Satomi Yoshimichi stands up to the onslaught in defense of peace and
happiness. As incarnates of the loyal family canine Yatsufusa, eight young warriors
are bound by eight mystical beads of virtue. These are the adventures of eight warrior
brothers, Satomi Hakkenden!
Includes 3 movies! (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: UCHIDE Kokichi
Cast:
FUSHIMI Sentaro, SATOMI Kotaro, ONOE Koinosuke, SAWAMURA Seishiro,
MEGURO Yuki, KAGA Kunio




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ELEVEN SAMURAI
Juichinin no Samurai - 1966 - B/W -16:9 Widescreen - Extras

In one of the greatest films to come from Japan, the lord of the Oshi fief is killed by his trespassing neighbor, the cruel and despotic Nariatsu, son of the former Shogun. After a biased investigation, the Oshi clan is blamed for what happened and sentenced to be disbanded. Eleven of the best samurai of the clan refuse the sentence and are willing to give their lives for justice. Noted director Kudo Eiichi reached the zenith of his career with this exciting film about the turbulent days of the Oshi clan! Featuring an all-star cast in one of the most memorable motion pictures from the Toei studio.

Directed by: KUDO Eiichi
Cast:
NATSUYAGI Isao, OTOMO Ryutaro, SATOMI Kotaro, NISHIMURA Ko,
OKAWA Keiko, SATO Kei, MIYAZONO Junko, NAMBARA Koji

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