Top Ten Samurai Films

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1. Seven Samurai

Is anyone surprised by my number one pick? It has to be Seven Samurai. It’d be absolute blasphemy to not choose Akira Kurosawa’s legendary masterwork as the greatest Samurai film of all time. I don’t think it’d be too out of the question to say that the modern day action film would not be the same without the sweeping epic that is Seven Samurai. Like Yojimbo before it Seven Samurai was even remade as an epic western, The Magnificent Seven. Suffice it say were this list a top ten action films of all time Seven Samurai would probably top that list as well. The rich characters, compelling story, masterful cinematography and gripping action makes for a long, but rewarding experience every time I watch it. It’s all staged so wonderfully, and shot so honestly that you really feel like Kurosawa hopped in a time machine and filmed events like these as they were happening in the time period they would happen in. I shouldn’t have to convince you, but if you haven’t seen Seven Samurai you are doing yourself a massive disservice as a film fan.

Fun Facts:

  • Akira Kurosawa came up with detailed family tree’s and relationship connections to help his actors and extras better portray their characters
  • George Lucas’ favorite film
  • Was produced at the same time as the very first Godzilla film and nearly forced the production company into bankruptcy
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  • steve hubbell

    Top 10 Samurai films (sort of) listed by release date rather than arbitrary ranking

    1. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa 1954)
    2. Yojimbo (Kurosawa 1962) / Sanjuro (Kurosawa 1963)
    3. Hara Kiri (Kobayashi 1962)
    4. Three Outlaw Samurai (Gosha 1963)
    5. Revenge (Imai 1964)
    6. Sword of the Beast (Gosha 1965)
    7. The Sword of Doom (Okamoto 1966)
    8. Samurai Rebellion (Kobayashi 1967)
    9. Kill! (Okamoto 1968)
    10. Goyokin (Gosha 1969)

    Honorable Mentions….

    11. Thirteen Assassins (Kudo 1963)
    12. The Great Killing (Kudo 1964)
    13. Eleven Samurai (Kudo 1966)
    14. Incident at Blood Pass (Inagaki 1970)

    No remakes, no Hollywood imitations, no animation, just the cream of the crop of samurai films available in the US on officially released DVDs with English subtitles.

    • Going old school I see. Nice list!

    • Niels Koomans

      Azumi?

  • Good Man

    Is this list a joke?