When three bounty hunters all are after the same fugitive,
their code is very simple. Only one will survive and thereby
receive the bounty for capturing or killing the wanted man.
This is just such a situation, but with an added twist. The
third bounty hunter is a former samurai who was expelled
from his clan for speaking out when he shouldn’t have. Can
he beat the others to the prize and still take home the
money? Exciting and moving, this episode shows another side
of Kiichi Hogan as he continues on his quest to raise enough
money for his trip to Spain for revenge against Gonzales,
the killer of his father.
Episode 20:”The Maiden Who
Chases A Shadow”
(Kage o Ou Hana) Original airdate 2/17/74 Co-star: KATO Takeshi, AZUMA Michi Directed by: OZU Hitoshi
Kiichi Hogan comes to the aid
of a woman who is trying to book passage to Spain in order
to meet with her fiancé, who left to practice medicine
overseas. Having learned the Spanish language, she is in a
position to help the Demon Magistrate in his quest to find
his mortal enemy, Gonzales. Will fate finally smile on the
silent samurai as he attempts to escape Japan and get to
Spain in any way he can. Will she be able to teach him
enough of the language so that he can fulfill his vendetta?
Powerful and surprising with bold action from the master
the first time ever, the Grand Finale of the Zato Ichi
story comes to DVD. These two episodes were written and directed
by one of Japan's most distinguished filmmakers Teshigahara
Hiroshi and elevate the Blind Swordsman from genre
hero to fine art. After 25 feature films from 1962 through 1974,
the television series lasted 4 years and helped keep alive the
legend of the blind wandering gambler/masseur with the lightning
fast sword. There were 100 episodes over the 4 seasons and while
all of them are very good to excellent, this 2 part finale
brings the series and the character to an exciting conclusion
unlike anything that ever went before or after.
Episode 99: "The Rainbow Journey" takes Ichi to the inner
chambers of a daimyo lord's concubine. A beautiful woman with a
deadly secret holds the key to a treasure chest containing 1,000
gold coins. Can Ichi survive against the political activists who
want to bring down the government with their bloody blades?
Episode 100: "The Dream Journey" intersperses Ichi's
innermost fears and desires with the harsh realities of being a
blind man who dreams only of being able to see the sun once more
before he dies. With spectacular cinematography and plenty of
dynamic swordplay, can Ichi conquer fear and defeat his most
Zato Ichi like never before in this stunning work of art!
SOREKARA NO MUSASHI (The Further
Adventures Of Miyamoto Musashi)
13 episodes on 7
discs Individual Volumes$20
(CALL TO ORDER) Entire Series $100
Not much is
known outside of Japan about Miyamoto Musashi’s later
life since all the movie versions that were released here
ended with the duel at Ganryu Island against his mortal
enemy Sasaki Kojiro.
Picking up from that duel, this exciting mini-series tells
the life-story of Japan’s most famous swordsman and his
further adventures as he roamed the country in his quest to
become the greatest swordsman in the land. Many more duels
and vendettas await as Miyamoto Musashi goes onward to his
eventual elevation of Zen Master.
Starring Kitaoji Kinya, son of all-time great
Ichikawa Utaemon, this is one of the most popular
versions of the master swordsman’s life.
Starring: KITAOJI Kinya
YAGYU JUBEI ABARETABI
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Sue Shiomi
The sequel to The Yagyu Conspiracy picks up when Yagyu Jubei (Sonny Chiba) has a falling out with the Shogun, and sets out on his own as a wanted man. Featuring the martial art skills of Sue Shiomi (Sister Streetfighter) as she is on official patrol with Jubei watching over her, making sure that he gets to fight in each episode as well.
This is one of the best and most exciting television series to ever hit the airwaves.
VHS and DVD-R with English
ABARETABI All 14 volumes on DVD-R
Price: $400.00 per set or $35.00 apiece
Taiga Drama spans the entire life of Japan’s first great
warlord, Oda Nobunaga, who began the process of uniting Japan
that was continued by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and completed by
Tokugawa Ieyasu. Great history, together with tremendous battle
scenes. This series ran for an entire year with one episode
frame with English subtitles.
51 episodes on 25
From the Japanese legend of the demon-killer known as
’Peach Boy’ (Momotaro) comes the exciting series starring one of
the finest swordsmen to grace the screen, TAKAHASHI Hideki. In a dual
role, he plays both Matsudaira Bizen and Momotaro, a high ranking Shogunate
official and an impoverished ronin respectively. In reality they are twins
separated at birth, although only Momotaro is certain of that fact. He had
left the Matsudaira Clan, giving up his name, Matsudaira Tsurujiro and
taking on the name Onitaiji Momotaro (Demon Crusader, The Peach Boy). The
legend of the Peach Boy lives on in this awesome series featuring some of
the best sword-play ever filmed!
30 volumes containing 60 episodes available.
$19.95 per volume
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ENTIRE SERIES: $400.00
THE 47 RONIN OF AKO
One of the most exciting and realistic
versions of the story of the 47 Ronin of Ako. This powerful adaptation,
done in 2 parts is absolutely thrilling.
Using the martial arts expertise of the Japan Action Club (JAC), this
has some of the best fighting, as well as telling the story in its full
length in a manner showing more insight into what really went on during
the events leading up to, and after Lord Asano Takumi no Kami attacked
Lord Kira Kozukenosuke.
Unlike some versions which are long winded and boring, this is the real
This made for TV movie has broken new ground in the story, and must be
seen. A true credit to the journals of Japan's greatest story. The
revenge of the 47 men, who were willing to give their lives for the
honor of their clan, and to avenge their beloved Lord.
Based on the historical
novel “The Bloody Journal Of The Shinsengumi” by Shiba Ryutaro
this is the best, most complete history of that brutal group of
political assassins yet. The story is told through the eyes of
Hijikata Toshizo, the second in command, and in effect the
group’s conscience. The film TABOO was made from one of the
chapters in this novel, The Lad With Bangs. Great history, and
A must have!
11 Episodes on 6 DVD's
THE YAGYU CONSPIRACY
(Yagyu Ichizoku no Inbo)
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Sue Shiomi, Narita Mikio
One of the most memorable roles for
Chiba was his portrayal of Yagyu Jubei, the
one-eyed master swordsman who helped protect Shogun Iemitsu during the early
days of Japan’s 17th Century. The Yagyu Clan under Jubei’s father Yagyu Tajima,
must protect young Shogun Iemitsu from the plots of those seeking to overthrow
him. This show consists of 39 hour-long episodes which feature awesome fighting
from the Japan Action Club.
TV with English subtitles
Ooka Echizen no kami Tadasuke was born in Edo in 1677. He is famous
as a great commissioner in after ages. However, he had dark days because
of his family’s mismanagement when he was young. He led a dissipated
life for a while but his view of life started to change gradually and he
became an important figure in government. In 1712, he became the
commissioner of Ise
magistrate’s office, and in 1717,
he was selected as the commissioner of Minami-Machi
magistrate’s office. In most cases, the term of commissioner was 2 to 3
years but he continued to be the commissioner for 20 years. Ooka Echizen
was very humane and kind to
anybody without prejudice.
The arrival of Perry’s Black Ships rudely awakened Japan from 300 years of peaceful isolation from the world. Men set their eyes beyond Japan and began to demand change in society. Old clashed with the new, and thus began an age of turmoil. Amidst this confusion, one group remained true to the old ways and risked their lives to preserve the traditional shogunate system. Led by their charismatic captain, Kondo Isami, the SHINSENGUMI upheld the code of honor of the samurai. Tales abound of the feats of men like Kondo, Hijikata Toshizo and Okita Soji. Once again, TV Asahi brings to life the passion and glory of these men who lived during the most turbulent time in Japanese history. Full of pathos, action-packed, this is a series not to be missed by “chambara” fans.
Starring: KATORI Shingo YAMAMOTO Koji and SATO Koichi as Serizawa Kamo
The story of Japan's greatest hero, the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is brought to life in this amazing Taiga Drama tracing him from the earliest beginnings through his most famous battles on into his later life. So much more of his life, background, and the political and social situations in Japan can be told in a year-long series than in a feature film. Much of his story has never been told before. This is the ultimate in Japanese Samurai television.
Starring: ICHIKAWA Shinnosuke YONEKURA Ryoko
50 episodes on 25 discs
per volume (2 EPISODES)
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This is the full story of the most famous incident in Japanese history; the vendetta of the 47 ronin. Told over the course of an entire year, this Taiga Drama has it all. From the beginning seeds of discontent as the Ako Clan elders try to bring honor and honesty to their role as leaders in the far-off district to the unscrupulous actions of the vile Lord Kira; ultimately leading to the infamous "Pine Corridor Incident" after which the Ako Clan was dissolved and forced to go underground to carry out their mission of vengeance, with full knowledge that it would cost them their very lives.
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Shamisen-bori of the bustling city of Edo. The officers
of Guardhouse 36 monopolize the popularity in Edo. They're
strong against evil, soft in compassion. Even the Shogun
depends on them. They're called the Kirisute Bansho
(with a right to kill). This is a story about the men at
that guardhouse. Tremendous fighting highlights these great
stories in one of the true gems in Japanese television.
This show ran for three
seasons. Season 1: 26 episodes on 13 discs
Season 2: 25 episodes on 13 discs
Season 3: 20 episodes on 10 discs
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DATE MASAMUNE-THE ONE EYED DRAGON'S LOVE AND AMBITION
From his early days as a wild
youth in Oshu, through his development as one of the great
warlords during Japan's historic 'Sengoku' Period (Era Of
Warring Clans), this is the story of Date Masamune, the
'One-eyed Dragon'. Shunned by his mother, he always had to prove
himself worthy of his position as heir, and then leader. A
tremendous story taken from the pages of history, starring the
uniquely talented Shibata Kyohei, who was best known for his
portrayal of Hideyoshi in 'Taikoki', this made for television
movie is not to be missed. The action abounds as he learns to be
a master of the battlefield while each feudal lord seeks to
assume control of Japan.
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VENGEANCE IS SUCH A
GREAT BUSINESS (Sukedachiya Sukeroku)
This is the
final movie from Okamoto Kihachi, the filmmaker who directed
such great movies as “Sword Of Doom”, “Kill”, and “Red
Lion”. With an equal mix of violence and humor he has forged
a career that spanned over 4 decades and created some of the
most memorable films to ever come out of Japan. This is no
exception, and the hand of a master is evident in his
treatment of this highly entertaining story.
In a world where vendettas are officially sanctioned, the
people sometimes needed help in carrying out their
vengeance. Sanada Hiroyuki stars as Sukeroku the Helper, a
‘cool and rambling yakuza’ that has made a business out of
helping victims carry out their revenge. When he returns to
his hometown to pay a visit to his mother’s grave he meets a
deadly ronin who carries a secret which eventually leads him
into a vendetta of his own. With terrific performances by
Sanada and Nakadai Tatsuya as the mysterious old ronin, this
film brings back the golden era of Japanese cinema!
SANADA Hiroyuki, SUZUKI Kyoka, NAKADAI
Tatsuya Music by: YAMASHITA Yosuke Directed by: OKAMOTO