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THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI (1964)

THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI was always going to be my final installment of this 9 classic film countdown to Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.


This is due to the fact that the first time I saw this SAMURAI  was right after I saw THE LAST JEDI and I was bowled over by the visual connections between the two films. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here’s the trailer for THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI


Criterion always does a top-notch job with the packaging of the movies in their collection. Their back cover synopsis sums up the story quite well: “The first feature by the legendary Hideo Gosha is among the most beloved chanbara (sword-fighting) films. An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television phenomenon of the same name, Three Outlaw Samurai  is a classic in its own right. A wandering, seen-it-all ronin (Tetsuro Tamba) becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira), hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daugh…

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