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Bandits Vs. Samurai Squadron (1978)





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Goyokin director Hideo Gosha makes his triumphant return to the samurai genre with this plot twisting, nerve shredding tale of an enigmatic bandit chieftain who resorts to elaborate trickery to finance a furious revenge plot. Tatsuya Nakadai is a desperate man. Robbery and con games are his specialty, and he'll swindle anyone who gets in his way in order to accomplish his bitter goal. Meanwhile, on the other side of the law, determined shogunate policeman Shogoro Ichikawa realizes that in order to catch a thief he'll have to engage in some shady double dealings as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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In 1722 Japan a weak shogun regimen has weakened the law enforcement across the countryside. A Bureau of Samurai act as the law enforcement and travel across the countryside bringing down unlawful clans. The Samurai Bureau is attempting to bring down two thieving clans who also roam the Japanese countryside. Is the Bureau too infiltrated with the evil clansmen to succeed, or will they assign the case to a ruthless enough samurai to succeed in bringing down the clans. “In life, I had no reason for living, but in death, I find a reason worth dying.” Gosha Hideo, director of Hunter in Darkness, The Wolves, Sword of the Beast, and Three Outlaw Samurai, delivers Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron. The storyline for this picture is marvelous. Bandits versus Samurai Squadron is a marvelous epic. The run time is 163 minutes, giving the storyline and characters ample time to develop. The acting is perfect and each character is presented perfectly. “I’m no longer young, but I am in love for the first time.” The opening fight where the samurai save the village from the bandits, Lord Matsuga’s sex scene with Chiyo, the punishment for “tasting the treasures,” Chiyo killing the man on the boat, the runt conversation, the bathhouse exchange, the boss’s message about the last mission, the masseurs story about the two rebels, the lighthouse slaying, the girls fighting outside the lighthouse in the mud, the rice field duel, the death of the blind masseur, the samurai leader versus the “dog,” the book keepers return home for revenge, and the boat blowing-up were amongst the better portions of the film. “Let me taste your treasures.” Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron is a brilliant picture. The vastness and depth of this picture is breathtaking. The conclusion of this picture is magnificent. This film may remind some of Ran. Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron does feel like a film based off a Shakespear storyline. Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron is a must see for fans of the samurai genre. “I’ll show you what this dog is made of.” Grade: A (9)

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