Tagged with samurai films

The 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time

The 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time


Samurai! So many samurai! Samurai all day long in this list of samurai films, I’m telling you. They’re even categorized based on the era of Japanese history in which they take place. That’s badass. Like a samurai. My name appears a bunch of times in this piece, and it’s such a well-researched, well-curated piece that I’ll … Continue reading

Review: Zatoichi, 2003, dir. Takeshi Kitano

Review: Zatoichi, 2003, dir. Takeshi Kitano


To describe Japan’s Takeshi Kitano (or Beat Takesi) as anything other than “versatile” is outright unthinkable. While frequently known and celebrated for his forays into crime dramas with a series of films involving cops and yakuza to his credit– Brother, Sonatine, Hana-bi, Violent Cop— Kitano has displayed an unwillingness to be pigeonholed as a participant … Continue reading

Review: Twilight Samurai, 2002, dir. Yoji Yamada


Hiroyuki Sanada may well be the best actor whose name you’ve never heard, but whose face you swear you’ve seen before. Like countless other Americans I suffer from a crippling addiction to television juggernaut Lost, a show that went from character driven, high-concept science fiction recalling Jules Verne to a nebulous and frustrating series of … Continue reading