Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa

Kagemusha 1980 poster

A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord’s double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.

Onibaba (1964) Kaneto Shindô

Onibaba 1964 poster

Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa

Ran 1985 poster

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other…and him.