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THE EASTERN WESTERN
Inspired by the Westerns of Hollywood, Japanese director Akira Kurosawa made a few of the most memorable Chambara films. Among Kurosawa's best known sword fight films are Seven Samurai (1954) was later remade in America and titled The Magnificent Seven. The Hidden Fortress (1957) is acknowledged as an inspiration for Star Wars, and Yojimbo (1961) was remade as Fistful Of Dollars. Directors like Kurosawa brought dirty realism to the Chambara genre, evoking a world of immorality, violence and sudden death.
POWERFUL SERIES
Chambara was also popular in a variety of film series including; Zatoichi (1962-72), Shinobi No Mono (1962-66), Hanzo The Blade (1972-74), Lady Snowblood (1973-74), and based on the epic Manga comics by Kazuo Koike and Goseke Kojima the amazing Lone Wolf And Cub series (1972-74).
 

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