|Shintaro The Samurai|
TV Series, Vol.1 - Koga Ninja
STARRING: Koiichi Ose, Shunsuke Omori, Bin Amatsu
Includes all 13 episodes from Season One of the popular Japanese television serial considered an unrivalled classic of the genre by martial arts and Samurai fans.
Filmed in black-and-white, the series was based in part on historical events but borrowed heavily from the Japanese historical romance genre. The producers compensated for its low budget by using real historical locations around Japan, including the imposing feudal castles from the era. Despite its massive popularity in Japan, Australia, and the Philippines, the series was not widely screened elsewhere and its fame remains largely restricted to those countries.
Set in 17th Century Japan, the series portrayed the adventures of a roving samurai, Akikusa Shintaro (whose real name is Matsudaira Nobuchiyo). Shintaro is the older half-brother of Ienari, the 11th Tokugawa Shogun. Because he is the son of a concubine, he has no claim to power, so he assumes the guise of a wandering swordsman (along with the name Shintaro) to seek out and eliminate plots by rival warlords, in this way protecting his younger brother, who is still a minor.
13 Episodes On 4 Discs ENGLISH Dubbed, No subtitles
DISC 1: Secret Treasure - Stolen Face - Track Of The Ninja
DISC 2: The Deathless One - Unseen Enemy - Danger In The Temple
DISC 3: The Spider - Die Like A Ninja - Double Agent
DISC 4: The Hunter - Mystic Bridge - The Star Jumper - The Magic Kite
1962 - B&W - FULLSCREEN - 286 MINUTES