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Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron

1978 2h 43m Action List
Reviews 92% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A thief (Tatsuya Nakadai) uses con games and robberies to finance a plot for revenge. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Overlong, and Nakadai killing throngs of samurai, clearly in his 50's, by himself, becomes beyond ridiculous, but I'd follow Gosha anywhere, and this is his bread and butter. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member You always hear about Kurosawa but you never hear about Hideo Gosha. WTF? That's kind of like a film school that raves & drools over Coppola & DePalma but then acts as if Scorsese never existed. (Ithaca) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member You always hear about Kurosawa but you never hear about Hideo Gosha. WTF? That's kind of like a film school that raves & drools over Coppola & DePalma but then acts as if Scorsese never existed. (Ithaca) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member 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) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Extremely violent samurai epic (not to mention long, at nearly three hours), but very entertaining. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A thief (Tatsuya Nakadai) uses con games and robberies to finance a plot for revenge.
Director
Hideo Gosha
Genre
Action
Original Language
Japanese
Runtime
2h 43m