Sword and Soul : A guide to Samurai Films

Sword and Soul: A guide to Samurai Films

Before we delve into this vast genre let me state my reason for creating this guide and list. Firstly, I hope by creating this guide I can give a solid starting point to people interested in exploring Samurai films. Secondly, I believe that Samurai films are hugely under-appreciated; hopefully this guide will bring a much deserved spotlight onto the genre. Now that’s out of the way, let’s begin!

The History of Samurai

What is a Samurai? The samurai were an elite warrior class in Japan from roughly the eleventh century to the mid-nineteenth century. They were highly respected and proud warriors who followed a code of honour known as Bushido. The most…

  • Rashomon
  • Gate of Hell
  • Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
  • Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji
  • Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
  • Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
  • Seven Samurai
  • Throne of Blood
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • Yojimbo
  • Sanjuro
  • Harakiri
  • The Tale of Zatoichi
  • The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
  • Destiny's Son
  • Ninja, a Band of Assassins
  • 47 Ronin
  • New Tale of Zatoichi
  • The Thirteen Assassins
  • Sleepy Eyes of Death 1: The Chinese Jade
  • Adventures of Zatoichi
  • Kwaidan
  • Three Outlaw Samurai
  • Assassination
  • The Great Duel
  • Sleepy Eyes of Death 4: Sword of Seduction
  • Sword of the Beast
  • Samurai Assassin
  • Samurai Spy
  • Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn
  • Daimajin
  • The Sword of Doom
  • Eleven Samurai
  • Samurai Rebellion
  • Zatoichi Challenged
  • Wicked Priest
  • Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters
  • Kill!
  • Samurai Banners
  • Red Lion
  • Tenchu!
  • Crimson Bat, the Blind Swordswoman
  • Goyokin
  • Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
  • Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor
  • The Trail of Blood
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
  • The Fearless Avenger
  • Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice
  • Lady Snowblood
  • Hanzo the Razor: The Snare
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell
  • Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance
  • Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?
  • Hunter in the Dark
  • Kagemusha
  • Samurai Reincarnation
  • The Shogun's Samurai
  • Gonza the Spearman
  • Heaven and Earth
  • Samurai Fiction
  • Taboo
  • The Twilight Samurai
  • The Hidden Blade
  • Zatoichi
  • 13 Assassins
  • Scabbard Samurai
  • Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins