One of the most popular themes, as far as movie making is concerned, has to be
the Samurai warrior's story. Understandably, most of these movies have
from Japan. However, western cinema, too, has had its share of samurai movies.
Some of them have been original, some were remakes, and some have just been dubbed
versions of popular Japanese titles. Mosgt of the movies have been worthy enough to win the
The Last Samurai', starring Tom Cruise, set in the times when
the Samurai were at a decline, went on to enjoy big success. The movie was
nominated for several major awards including the Golden Globes and the Academy
One reason why samurai themes have been so popular among film-makers must be the
scope for creativity that they provide. Intense fight scenes - among individuals as well as
large scale batle, cunning politics
and the constant struggle between high moral values and everyday living are only
some ideas among many others that can be played around with.
of complex stories that can be woven around the life of a samurai warrior will
always keep the audience excited.
The Japanese have been very creative with this genre of movies. Starting off
with making dramatic movies on the life of a Samurai, these slowly turned into
action movies with exciting fight scenes. Some beautiful movies have been made
based on the helpless despair of the samurai who lost their pride and sense of
purpose when feudalism declined.
Samurai movies continued to be made very
prolifically and enjoyed by eager audiences until the early
1970s. It was at this time when a comparitive decline started on the number of
samurai movies. This was a problably a consequence of the general decline in the film industry
that Japan saw in this period.
However, warrior movies still continue to be made today. Sanurai stories still continue to be
movie-goers don't seem to have had their fill of samurai movies yet.
Here is a list of some popular Japanese samurai movies (Note: Where available for purchase, movies are
linked to Amazon):
1949 Jakoman and Tetsu - directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
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