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The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise turns Japanese.
"...Hiroyuki Sanada, Tony Goldwyn and Billy Connolly. The Last Samurai is Hollywood’s reimagination of those gloriously muscular films by..."

Dec. 5, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Twilight Samurai
A near masterpiece, this atypical samurai movie is more an epic of the heart than the battlefield.
"...of cinematic subtlety and that rarest of exports: a samurai film in which the melees arrive almost as afterthoughts,..."

Aug. 6, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Six-String Samurai
"...Eastwood, dresses like Buddy Holly, and packs a two-foot samurai sword. Along the way, he and an orphan kid..."

Sept. 18, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Takashi Miike remakes Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 film about a penniless samurai who commits the ritual act of suicide.
"...the exact circumstances behind the death of this particular samurai...."

Aug. 31, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Jarmusch's film is a tone poem about a contemporary hitman nicknamed Ghost Dog (Whitaker), who is steeped in the code of the ancient Japanese samurai.
"...is steeped in the code of the ancient Japanese samurai. It's a story about collisions and cohesions of cultures..."

March 24, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Samurai X: Trust
"...of their latest manga titles: a double feature of Samurai X films, for whom the Austin office provides the..."

Oct. 12, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Samurai X: Betrayal
"...of their latest manga titles: a double feature of Samurai X films, for whom the Austin office provides the..."

Oct. 12, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Seven Samurai
Seven Austin acts we trust to break out at SXSW Music 2015

March 6, 2015 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Seven Samurai
SXSW Picks 2 Click: Austin acts cutting through the din

March 6, 2015 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

Seven Samurai
SXSW Picks 2 Click: Austin acts cutting through the din

March 6, 2015 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Seven Samurai
SXSW Picks 2 Click: Austin acts cutting through the din

March 6, 2015 Music Feature by Thomas Fawcett

Seven Samurai
SXSW Picks 2 Click: Austin acts cutting through the din

March 6, 2015 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Seven Samurai
SXSW Picks 2 Click: Austin acts cutting through the din

March 6, 2015 Music Feature by Luke Winkie

Seven Samurai
SXSW Picks 2 Click: Austin acts cutting through the din

March 6, 2015 Music Feature by Neph Basedow

Seven Samurai
SXSW Picks 2 Click: Austin acts cutting through the din

March 6, 2015 Music Feature by Michael Toland

Samurai Sword
Austin Powell debuts “Into the Void” with the Sword's Trivett Wingo

Feb. 2, 2007 Music Post by Austin Powell

Shogun's Samurai

Oct. 19, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Small-Gauge Samurai
Super-8 enthusiast Cory Ryan brings Flicker to town.

July 20, 2001 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Uzumasa Limelight
The hero of this beguiling Japanese film is a kirare-yaku or “sliced actor” – a certain kind of Japanese actor/stuntman who always dies by sword in the shadows.
"...known as chanbara. Prior to that, fans of these samurai-saturated, slash ’n’ dash sword-fighting films were better off rewatching..."

Dec. 5, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

13 Assassins
The prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike takes a turn toward the truly epic with this classically styled samurai picture.
"...matter than you might expect, though. In the Seven Samurai-esque story, noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada (Yakusho) is selected..."

April 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

47 Ronin
Keanu Reeves is a samurai warrior fighting supernatural forces in this twist on the ancient Japanese tale.
"...lord to whom they have sworn fealty means his samurai become ronin, a position without status and of great..."

Dec. 27, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Repo Men
Jude Law and Forest Whitaker play repo men in this future world where body parts can be bought and sold but also repossessed.
"...Body Snatchers to Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (in a subtle shout-out to Jim Jarmusch, Jake has..."

March 26, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Boy and the Beast
Japanese anime film is a fully immersive experience
"...a chance to become the apprentice of the bearish samurai Kumatetsu (Yakusho, in full Toshirô Mifune mode) in the..."

March 4, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Taboo
"...intrigues among the (male) members of the Shinsengumi, a samurai militia. Or that it stars “Beat” Takeshi, a prolific..."

Feb. 23, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Princess Mononoke
Japanese animated feature is packed with an environmentally aware storyline, breathtaking animation, and clever dialogue penned for this American release by Brit fantasist Neil Gaiman and delivered in English by a slew of American actors.
"...hackwork. The plot is a seemingly boundless thing, encompassing samurai, forest spirits, and traditional Japanese mythology, though, as complex..."

Nov. 26, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Last Man Standing
"...drawn inspiration from Eastern lore, namely Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai classic Yojimbo, which has, of course, already been remade..."

Sept. 27, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

The Hunted
"...with Lambert coming under the care of a powerful samurai and being used as a pawn in a complex..."

March 3, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Now Streaming in Austin: "Path of Blood"
Paper cuts are as strong as swords in this samurai animation
"...made titles to watch while self-quarantining. Folklore says that samurai would sharpen their blades by polishing the edge with..."

May 2, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Blood and Baby Carts
AFS presents samurai series Lone Wolf and Cub
"...of death, followed by the precise cut of a samurai's sword. Come and live at the crossroads to hell...."

May 25, 2018 Screens Feature by Josh Kupecki

Kenjutsu: The Art of the Sword
The Hideout improvises tales of samurai battle and broken honor
"...Kenjutsu: The Art of the Sword is to the samurai-based oeuvre of Akira Kurosawa...."

March 28, 2014 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

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