Tatara Samurai (2016) review

“Those who are able to visually scrutinize the (…) detailed historical narrative space will (…) enjoy the narrative’s atmosphere and appreciate the pacifistic message about tradition and craftsmanship that this atmospheric narrative formulates.”

Introduction 

Despite having made nine full-length feature films, Yoshinari Nishikori still remains a rather unknown director internationally. Without a doubt his latest narrative Tatara Samurai, a movie about traditions that seemingly capitalizes on the western need for more jidai-geki, has changed that.

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Sword of Doom (1966) review

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“Everything one can and should expect from a samurai narrative [is present]. A true classic that has withstood the test time.”

Introduction

If there is one thing that has defined Kihachi Okamoto’s oeuvre, it is his experience in the second world war. This is not only evident in the stories he choose to portray – one third of his oeuvre consists of stories concerning the second world war, but also in the way he approached violence.

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