Four Samurai classics from one of Japan's greatest directors!
Kihachi Okamoto (Feb 17,1923 - Feb 19, 2005) was one of Japan's greatest screenwriters and directors, directing almost 40 films across a wide range of genres. This special 4 dvd collector's box focuses on his brilliant Samurai films - the rousing heroics of SAMURAI ASASSIN, a comedy of errors in RED LION, the sly humor of KILL! or the genre bending darkness of SWORD OF DOOM - these four films are amongst the best samurai cinema has to offer.
In Feudal Japan, Genta is a successful samurai warrior whose world falls apart after he is ordered to kill his best friend. Now rejecting the Samurai ways, Genta devotes himself to a spiritual quest. Soon, Genta is drawn into a conflict at a local village and must decide if he will again take up the sword. Loosely based on same novel that produced Kurosawa's SANJURO and with dashes of a spaghetti western - KILL is a wonderful dark comedy for all.
When a poor servant (TOSHIRO MIFUNE) borrows the Imperial Red Lion mane and impersonates an army officer in town, he expects a warm welcome, but he gets much more than he bargained for. Torn between his friends, incompetent town officials and a secret group of assassins, the bumbling servant is headed for big trouble. A comedy of errors in the tradition of YOJIMBO, RED LION provides plenty of samurai-style sniggers.
Sword Of Doom:
Master swordsman Ryunosuke is a psychotic madman who kills without honor or regret. Scheduled to fight a man, his wife offers herself if Ryunosuke will spare her husband's life. Accepting her offer, he also kills her husband without remorse. Now a hunted man, when will the reign of bloody terror cease? Starring Tatsuya Nakadai (KWAIDAN ZATOICHI) and Toshiro Mifune (SEVEN SAMURAI) SWORD OF DOOM provides an intriguing twist on the samurai legend.
The year is 1860 and the great Tokugawa Shougunate is on shaky ground. Masterless samurai Niiro, desperate to regain his fallen staus, joins the Mito clan in a plot to assassinate an official to the shogun. Based on true events, SAMURAI ASSASSIN features a powerful performance from Toshiro Mifune (SEVEN SAMURAI, YOJIMBO) and is widely regarded as one of the finest samurai films ever made.
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