The samurai film genre, also known as chanbara, is home to some of the greatest masterpieces of cinema. It has gone to influence filmmaking giants such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone, Jean-Pierre Melville and many others.
Its influence in the action genre is felt to this day and set the standard of what an action movie is. The genre was also a perfect device in exploring the human condition; reflecting on tradition in the face of a changing world while tackling existential themes, moral ethics, injustice, and questioning authority.
It comes as a surprise, then, for a genre with such rich material to only have a modest amount of samurai games created over the years. On top of that, the world has yet to see a Red Dead Redemption or GTA open-world game take place in the time of the shōgun.
While the Way Of The Samurai series was the closest thing to seeing this realized, Sucker Punch's Ghost Of Tsushima promises to create a true immersive and realized experience for the first time.
With the release of Ghost Of Tsushima lurking around the corner, here are some samurai films to watch before following the way of the bushido.