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Yami No Kariudo

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Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but finds his boss's enemies almost overwhelming...
BookDVD
2002; 1979
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ran

Ran

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An aging warlord decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. The two eldest sons are quite happy, but the youngest thinks his father has gone mad, and predicts that it won't be long until the two older brothers are fighting with each other.
DVD
2005; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kiru: Kill !

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Corrupt officials square off with idealistic young retainers.
DVD
2005; 1968
Clemons (Stacks)
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Seppuku: Harakiri

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After an unemployed samurai is forced to commit harakiri before a feudal lord, his father-in-law returns to the scene, seemingly to play out the same agonizing suicide ritual.
DVD
2005; 1962
Clemons (Stacks)
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Daibosatsu Toge: The Sword of Doom

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A samurai assassin is prepared by his teacher for the violent life and death clashes required to defend his honor.
DVD
2005; 1965
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kwaidan

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Four terrifying tales of the supernatural filmed with exquisite visual sensitivity. The film is filled with graceful camera movements, dream-like settings, elaborately stylized action, unusual colors, and haunting sound effects and music.
DVD
2000; 1964
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ran

Ran

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In 16th century Japan, an aging ruler attempts to divide his kingdom among his three sons. They turn against each other and betray their father, triggering events that ultimately shatter the kingdom, destroy the family, and drive their father insane. Based on Shakespeare's King Lear.
DVD
2003; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ran

Ran

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Set in 16th century Japan, an aging ruler, Lord Hidetora, announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. This decision to step down unleashes a power struggle between the three.
DVD
1998; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
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Yojimbo: The Bodyguard

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Toshirō Mifune plays a wandering Samurai who becomes embroiled in a small town's feud and orchestrates the town's self-destruction. A humorous parody of a classic western.
DVD
1999; 1961
Clemons (Stacks)
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Harakiri

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After an unemployed warrior is forced to commit harakiri, his father-in-law returns to the scene, seemingly to play out the same agonizing suicide ritual. Tensions grow to excruciating levels until the thrilling climax, when the elder warrior strikes out one last time against the abusive society that crafted such cruelty.
VHS
1994; 1962
Ivy (By Request)
11.

Kiru: Kill!

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A pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, a former farmer, dreams of being a samurai. The other, a former samurai, prefers living anonymously.
DVD
2005; 1968
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kagemusha

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In his late, color masterpiece, Akira Kurosawa returns to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career: the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a meditation on the nature of power.
DVD
2009; 1980
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tengoku to Jigoku: High and Low

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Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's highly influential High and Low, a compelling race-against-time thriller and a penetrating portrait of contemporary Japanese society.
DVD
2009; 1963
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tsubaki Sanjūrō: Sanjuro

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In Kurosawa's sly companion piece to Yojimbo, the jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a "proper" samurai on its ear.
DVD
2009; 1962
Clemons (Stacks)
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Yojimbo

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To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage.
DVD
2009; 1961
Clemons (Stacks)
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Karamiai

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On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown. A bevy of lawyers and associates begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, resorting to the use of impostors and blackmail. Yet all are outwitted by the cunning of the man's secretary, in this entertaining condemnation of unchecked greed.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Yami No Kariudo: Hunter in the Dark

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Power, corruption, seduction, and betrayal ignite the elegant, erotic, and violent realm of the samurai.
VHS
1992; 1979
Ivy (By Request)
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Ran

Ran

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In 16th century Japan, an aging ruler attempts to divide his kingdom among his three sons. They turn against each other and betray their father, triggering events that ultimately shatter the kingdom, destroy the family, and drive their father insane. Based on Shakespeare's King Lear.
VHS
1993; 1985
Ivy (By Request)
19.

Daibosatsutōge

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A samurai assassin, driven by impulse, lusts for revenge. His teacher and mentor prepares the young samurai for the harrowing life and death clashes required to defend his honor.
Laserdisc
1995; 1966
Ivy (By Request)
20.

Sanjuro

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A samurai turns up in a town where nine young men are plotting to overthrow a corrupt regime. He takes charge of the group and attempts to formulate a plan to deceive the old bosses.
Laserdisc
1995; 1962
Ivy (By Request)