1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Samurai

Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by MarkNM, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. MarkNM
    • In Omnia Paratus

    MarkNM Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2013
    Messages:
    439
    Likes Received:
    465
    Started reading about samurai and now I got a big time itch
    Anyone recommend any good documentaries or movies about real samurai of the past
    Hopefully mushashi? Who from what I can gather is the greatest swordsmen of all time - even killed a sword master with one blow of a bokken true or not that's a cool legend


    ALEA IACTA EST
     
  2. killroy360
    • In Omnia Paratus

    killroy360 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2012
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    3,058
    The last samurai is a fantastic movie into the personal life of the samurai, but as the name suggests it takes place at the end of samurai(ism).
    also samurai jack.:D
     
  3. jeepsrjason
    • In Omnia Paratus

    jeepsrjason Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    2,217
    Likes Received:
    9,742
    The Hidden Blade is better than The Last Samurai. More detail about samurais but less action.
    13 Assassins if you want action... The final battle is AWESOME!!!!!!!
    Seven Samarai is a must see if not the very best of them all... Total classic!!!
    Also:
    Lone Wolf and Cub
    Chushingura
    Yojimbo
    Goyokin

    Oh, Samarai Jack is cool but Samurai Champloo is waaaaay better!:D
     
    scbubba, browneyes and MarkNM like this.
  4. MarkNM
    • In Omnia Paratus

    MarkNM Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2013
    Messages:
    439
    Likes Received:
    465
    Nice looks like you and I are closer and closer to being bros from different moms everyday
    Lol J

    ALEA IACTA EST
     
    jeepsrjason likes this.
  5. scbubba
    • In Omnia Paratus

    scbubba Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Messages:
    3,779
    Likes Received:
    57,453
    Definitely catch "13 Assassins" and "Seven Samurai". Both are great.

    I think 13 Assassins is on Netflix streaming (I could be wrong)
     
    jeepsrjason likes this.
  6. jeepsrjason
    • In Omnia Paratus

    jeepsrjason Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    2,217
    Likes Received:
    9,742
    I know... it's crazy! Great minds think alike fo sho!!!
     
    MarkNM likes this.
  7. MarkNM
    • In Omnia Paratus

    MarkNM Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2013
    Messages:
    439
    Likes Received:
    465
    13 :censored: mofos! Wow! Great flick
    I was totally not expecting the mountain man to just pop up and run off like that.

    They were incredible taking on that horde...
    I thought Hanbei would put a better fight but Shinzo basically told him in dojo we were equals but this is a real fight kicked mud at him and chopped his head off lol - punked!
    Who do you think the best was?


    ALEA IACTA EST
     
    scbubba and jeepsrjason like this.
  8. yellowhammer

    yellowhammer Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    Messages:
    791
    Likes Received:
    212
    Ran, an adaptation of King Lear by Akira Kurosawa. Super film. Anything by Kurosawa is worth watching - Yojimbo, Rashomon and Kagemusha are all worth seeing. Also the TV series Shogun from the 80s is pretty good (although I might be a little biased as the the real-life chap Richard Chamberlin's character was based on was a local boy to me :D).
     
  9. jeepsrjason
    • In Omnia Paratus

    jeepsrjason Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    2,217
    Likes Received:
    9,742
    wow, you just went off and watched it... I just went to bed! :) You should watch Seven Samurai next... You'll see a lot of similarities.
     
    MarkNM likes this.
  10. microbe

    microbe EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,638
    Likes Received:
    33,831
    Loved 13 assassins!
     
    jeepsrjason likes this.
  11. VKX

    VKX Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2013
    Messages:
    152
    Likes Received:
    136
    Stop what you're doing.
    Get a copy of Hagakure.
    Read it three times.
    Read it again.
    Continue what you're doing.


    To put it simply... Samurai didn't just respect eachother for swordsmanship or politics. Just being a person with the will, discipline, and nimble mind to follow the code well was the most praiseworthy aspect. There was a guy, Tsunetomo Yammamoto, who was respected for excelling in following the way of the samurai. He got old and some stuff happened, so he ended up a monk. One day a young samurai showed up wanting to learn from him. They talked frequently over time and the young samurai wrote down every word.
    The samurai's clan got ahold of the text, cut out all the inane stuff and chopped it down to several large books of stories and wisdom, and considered them as treasure. Over time it was carefully cut down more and more, and you can buy translated copies of some of the text. I think the one I have is around 300 anecdotes...


    Not only is it awesome Tsunetomo sets a lot of things straight in the book that seem discretionary in film and other entertainment. For example, though he doesn't exactly lay it out all at once, you will see the difference between retaliation and revenge and their place in the way of the samurai.



    If you like Musashi he has a book as well called The Five Rings.
     
  12. critterfixer
    • In Omnia Paratus

    critterfixer Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Messages:
    299
    Likes Received:
    279
    I wore out the VHS copy of Shogun that I had as a kid I watched it so many times.
     
    kertap75 likes this.
  13. scbubba
    • In Omnia Paratus

    scbubba Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Messages:
    3,779
    Likes Received:
    57,453
    +100 for ANY Kurosawa films.... Kagemusha was the first one of his I saw. In a college Lit class of all places. :)
     
    don Roberto likes this.
  14. kertap75

    kertap75 EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    6,492
    Likes Received:
    19,873
    The book is good too
     
    don Roberto, VKX and SurvivePenna like this.
  15. SurvivePenna
    • GITD Manix 2XL Owner
    • In Omnia Paratus

    SurvivePenna EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2012
    Messages:
    3,389
    Likes Received:
    34,894
    +1 on the book(s)...
     
  16. Water-Rat

    Water-Rat Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Messages:
    1,558
    Likes Received:
    3,121
    I saw a pretty good documentary on Musashi on the History channel. You can watch it on YouTube.
     
  17. Exploriment

    Exploriment Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Messages:
    726
    Likes Received:
    675
  18. Oaklington
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Oaklington Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2012
    Messages:
    905
    Likes Received:
    1,101
    Anyone know where I could find The seven samurais online (preferably for "free") with english text? I cannot seem to find any place that has it, niether actual video store nor online place.
     
  19. mraif

    mraif Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2011
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    5
    When Dish Network carried the Voom channels, they had the Kung Fu Channel, and I got hooked on Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman. Amazon has DVDs...I'm not sure about YouTube.