The Samurai Film
Chapter One: Introduction
I. The Samurai in History
II. Bushido, The Way of the Warrior
III. The Sword, "Soul of the Samurai"
Chapter Two: The Samurai in Fiction (excerpt at the
I. The Samurai in Legend and Art
II. The Samurai in Film
Chapter Four: Genre Types
I. The Ambitious
II. Hara-kiri and Rebellion
Chapter Five: The Alien Hero
I. The Blind Swordfighters, Zato Ichi and Crimson Bat
II. Kyoshiro Nemuri, "Son of the Black Mass"
III. Miyamoto Musashi
Chapter Six: Hideo Gosha
I. Genre Typing
II. Visual Exposition: The Secret of the Urn and Samurai Wolf
III. The Outsiders: Three Outlaw Samurai
IV: Personal Rebellion and Social Identity: Sword of the Beast and Goyokin
V. Social Rebellion and Personal Identity: Tenchu
VI. The Lower Depths: Kumekori Nazaemon, Hunter in the Dark, and Death Shadows
Glossary of Japanese terms
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