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A.k.a.
Bandit vs. Samurai Squad
Year
1978
Runtime
163 min.
Director
Hideo Gosha
Genres
Action, Drama, Adventure
Rating *
6.9
Votes *
175
Checks
76
Favs
3
Dislikes
2
Favs/checks
3.9% (1:25)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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    Siskoid

    In my limited experience, Hideo Gosha seems to be a director that embraces trends. His Three Outlaw Samurai looked like Kurosawa's classic chambara films; his Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron 10 years later is right out of the Zatoichi/Lone Wolf and Cub playbook, filled with lurid sex and violence (and a Zatoichi clone). The core of the film - "one last job" as they say in the heist business - is strong, pitting freedom fighting bandits against samurai working within a corrupt system in a perpetual gray zone. But it's also a very complex tapestry of characters and motivations, some of which I found hard to follow. In the first hour, I was often asking myself who was who and working towards what, and whether I should care when someone died in a glorious arterial spray. Even when I was confused (look, everyone has the same hairstyle, what can I say?), there were still some memorable images to be had, and the last 100 minutes (it's a long 'un) really did bring home to cynical ironies Gosha is known for. 1 year 2 months ago
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    monty

    A far cry from Gosha's excellent samurai output in the 1960s. 10 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #75 in Galloway's Samurai Film Handbook & Companion
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