Japanese Action Movie
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I would like to find a Japanese historical martial arts or sword fighting movie like the three Rurouni Kenshin live action movies. Nothing too cheesy also no overacting just good acting nothing where the actors are trying too hard. Only Japanese movies no other type of Asian films also no series only movies.

NO OLD MOVIES nothing older than 1990s
so far only Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is the one I am interested in
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Posted 2/23/15
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089881/ RAN

and

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/ Seven Samurai

Both are EXCELLENT movies and are considered pinnacles of achievement in the Japanese film industry.
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Goyokin

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064387/?ref_=nv_sr_1


Surprisingly, I found a copy of this one at a local Walmart, of all places. Never saw any other jidaigeki-type movies there ever again. The lead is the same guy who was the lead in RAN.

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1728196/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Both these movies would be considered a little on the slow side by the average North American viewer, but Hara-kiri in particular has a massive plot twist in it that floored me when I first watched it.
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chinchillabutt wrote:

Goyokin

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064387/?ref_=nv_sr_1


Surprisingly, I found a copy of this one at a local Walmart, of all places. Never saw any other jidaigeki-type movies there ever again. The lead is the same guy who was the lead in RAN.

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1728196/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Both these movies would be considered a little on the slow side by the average North American viewer, but Hara-kiri in particular has a massive plot twist in it that floored me when I first watched it.


so anymore suggestions
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You're doing yourself a disservice if you have a cutoff date for films. In general, cinema transcends eras and hold up well, outside of sci-fi, since visuals are key to that genre.

For 1990s and on, Takeshi Kitano's re-imagining of "Zatoichi" is great. "Shinobi" is a good film adaption of the story that was the source material for the anime "Basilisk." "Twilight Samurai" is great, but not if you're in a "all about that action, boss" kind of moods.

If you ever choose to watch older films, and I suggest you do, the Lone Wolf in Cub movies are fantastic. Even the greatest and worst dub movie ever "Shogun Assassin," an odd compiling/editing/sequencing of the LWIC movies, is worth watching. It only influenced one of the greatest hiphop albums of all time and Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill," which was Quentin Tarantino at his laziest, throwing "Shogun Assassin," the Shaw Bros' catalog, and "Lady Snowblood" in a blender and hoping for the best. Also, watch "Lady Snowblood," which is adapted from Kazuo Koike's classic revenge tale.
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