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Legends of the Samurai: 5 Movies You Shouldn’t Miss – Drama, Action and Mystical Elements

Legends of the Samurai: 5 Movies You Shouldn't Miss - Drama, Action and Mystical Elements

From these paintings you can learn a lot about the culture of recent years.

No one anymore claims that the best Asian melodramas are made in Korea, and that detectives and horror films are made in China, while Japan is left with the historical action films. And over the past thirty years, the land of the rising sun has shown that it honors its past like no other.

All these films cannot be called history books, because most of them contain mysticism or magic, but they have one thing in common: each film recreates a certain era with amazing accuracy.

“Goemon”, 2009

The action film tells the story of the legendary Japanese robber Ishikawa Goemon, who lived in the 16th century. After the death of his mentor, Lord Nobunaga, Goemon becomes a folk hero and distributes the loot among the poor.

However, his life changes when he finds a magical artifact that can change the fate of the entire country. Goemon becomes embroiled in conspiracies, battles and betrayals as he tries to protect his loved ones and stop the evil that threatens Japan.

“Battle of the Samurai”, 1990

The epic canvas of the legendary Akira Kurosawa is inspired by the tragedies of Shakespeare and Japanese history. Set in medieval Japan, the film tells the story of an elderly warlord, Hidetora Ichimonji, who decides to retire and divide his domain among his three sons.

However, such a decision leads to violent conflict, betrayal and bloody struggles for power. Against a stunning backdrop, a drama of ambition, betrayal and family destruction unfolds.

“Sword of Despair”, 2010

The film adaptation of the novel of the same name tells the story of samurai Kanemoto Danzo, who, on the orders of his feudal lord, kills his master’s mistress suspected of treason.

However, after Danzo commits this murder, he becomes isolated and gradually begins to realize the depth of his mistake and the injustice of the system he served.

“Vagabond Kenshin”, 2012

The popular manga and anime “Rurouni Kenshin” has been brought to the big screen. The action film tells the story of Himura Kenshin, a former legendary assassin from the Bakumatsu era who vowed to stop killing and became a wandering swordsman who protected the weak.

After meeting Kaoru Kamiya, the owner of a kendo school, Kenshin begins a new life, but his past haunts him.

“13 murderers”, 2010

It is a remake of the 1963 film of the same name and tells the story of a group of samurai who decide to eliminate the cruel feudal lord Naritsugu, who threatens the peace of the country with his sadism and ruthlessness.

Led by the experienced warrior Shinjamon, thirteen samurai embark on a suicide mission to save their people and restore justice.

Photo source: Still from the movie “Goemon”

Author: Alexey Pletkin

Source: Popcorn News

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