My list of samurai and ninja flicks

Below is a list of all samurai and ninja films I have seen. I have provided brief reviews on many but not all. I will keep adding films as I see them.  Which is my favorite samurai film? That would be Hara Kiri (Seppuku). A truly amazing and shocking film. 

In Japan, samurai movies are often called "chanbara" or "chambara" which means "sword fighting" movies. These are a sub-category of "jidaigeki" which means something like "period drama". A jidaigeki may refer to a story in a historical period, though not necessarily dealing with a samurai character or swordplay. A couple of examples below are "Red Beard" and "Rikyu".

  1. 13 Assassins
  2. Aragami: The Raging God of Battle
  3. Baian the Assassin: Volume 1
  4. Baian the Assassin: Volume 2
  5. Baian the Assassin: Volume 3
  6. Baian the Assassin: Volume 4
  7. Ballad: Na mo naki koi no ut
  8. The Bushido Blade
  9. Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai
  10. Chushingura
  11. Death Trance
  12. Dora-Heita
  13. 47 Ronin
  14. Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle
  15. Goyokin
  16. Hana: The Tale of the Reluctant Samurai
  17. Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice
  18. Hanzo the Razor: The Snare
  19. Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?
  20. Hara Kiri (Seppuku)
  21. The Hidden Blade
  22. Hidden Fortress
  23. The House Where Evil Dwells
  24. The Hunted
  25. Incident at Blood Pass
  26. Izo
  27. Kagemusha
  28. Kaidan
  29. Kiru! (Kill)
  30. The Last Samurai
  31. Lone Wolf and Cub 1: Sword of Vengeance
  32. Lone Wolf and Cub 2: Baby Cart at the River Styx
  33. Lone Wolf and Cub 3: Baby Cart to Hades
  34. Lone Wolf and Cub 4: Baby Cart in Peril
  35. Lone Wolf and Cub 5: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons
  36. Lone Wolf and Cub 6: Baby Cart - White Heaven in Hell
  37. Love and Honor
  38. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
  39. Mikogami Trilogy 1: The Trail of Blood
  40. Mikogami Trilogy 2: The Fearless Avenger
  41. Mikogami Trilogy 3: Slaughter in the Snow 
  42. Mishima
  43. Oneechanbara
  44. Onibaba (Demon Woman)
  45. Onmyoji
  46. Ran
  47. Rashomon
  48. Red Beard (Akahige)
  49. Red Lion (Akage)
  50. Red Shadow: Akakage
  51. Rikyu
  52. Ronin Gai
  53. Sansho the Bailiff
  54. Samurai Assassin
  55. Samurai Banners: Furin Kazan
  56. Samurai Fiction
  57. Samurai I: Miyamoto Musashi
  58. Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
  59. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
  60. The Samurai I Loved
  61. Samurai Rebellion
  62. Samurai Resurrection
  63. Samurai Spy
  64. Samurai Vendetta
  65. Sanjuro
  66. The Sea is Watching
  67. Seven Samurai
  68. Shadow Hunters
  69. Shadow Hunters II: Echo of Destiny
  70. Shinsengumi Chronicles: I Want to Die a Samurai
  71. Shinobi 1: The Law of Shinobi
  72. Shinobi no Mono
  73. Shinobi no Mono 2: Vengeance
  74. Shinobi no Mono 3: Resurrection
  75. Shinobi no Mono 4: Siege
  76. Shinobi no Mono 5
  77. Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor
  78. The Shogun Collection: Shogun's Ninja
  79. Shogun's Samurai: The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy
  80. Sleepy Eyes of Death #1: The Chinese Jade
  81. Sleepy Eyes of Death #2: Sword of Adventure
  82. Sure Death Revenge
  83. The Sword of Doom (Dai-bosatsu toge)
  84. Sword of the Beast
  85. Sword of the Stranger
  86. Swords of Vengeance: Fall of Ako Castle
  87. Taboo (Gohatto)
  88. Throne of Blood
  89. The Twilight Samurai
  90. Ugetsu Monogatari
  91. When the Last Sword is Drawn
  92. Yojimbo
  93. Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman
  94. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
  95. Zatoichi #1: The Tale of Zatoich
  96. Zatoichi #2: The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
  97. Zatoichi #3: New Tale of Zatoichi
  98. Zatoichi#4: The Fugitive
  99. Zatoichi #5: On the Road
  100. Zatoichi #6: Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
  101. Zatoichi #7: Zatoichi's Flashing Sword
  102. Zatoichi #8: Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
  103. Zatoichi #9: Adventures of Zatoichi
  104. Zatoichi #10: Zatoichi's Revenge
  105. Zatoichi #11: Zatoichi and the Doomed Man
  106. Zatoichi #12: Zatoichi and the Chess Expert
  107. Zatoichi #13: Zatoichi's Vengeance
  108. Zatoichi #14: Zatoichi's Cane Sword
  109. Zatoichi #15: The Outlaw
  110. Zatoichi #17: Zatoichi Challenged
  111. Zatoichi #18: Zatoichi and the Fugitives
  112. Zatoichi #20: Zatoichi and Yojimbo
  113. Zatoichi #21: The Festival of Fire
Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai

The Lone Wolf and Cub

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island