"What I do have are a very particular
set of skills. Skills that
I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a
nightmare for people like you." -Liam Neeson in Taken,
Japanese and Samurai Movies
Akira Kurosawa, Director
Sugata Sanshiro (1965/ 1943)
Aka Judo Saga, aka Sanshiro Sugata (USA)
The Seven Samurai
Film clip from The Seven Samurai. The swordsman attacking
from the left did not accept his defeat with bokken,
and insisted on this contest with live blades.
Trailer for The Seven Samurai.
The Last Samurai
A very good movie.
Discussion of Twilight Samurai. I guy named Richard
from the Orem Public Library makes an appearance.
Chinese Martial Arts Movies
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Fists of Fury (1971)
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Starring Jason Scott Lee
Top 10 Chinese Martial Arts
Movies on About.com
Bad Day at Black Rock
Spencer Tracy introduces the judo chop.
Star Wars series
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guiness) is George Lucas's version of
the Japanese sword master.
The Karate Kid
Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita).
One of the best portrayals of a teacher in martial arts movie.
Fist Full of Dollars
Spaghetti western directed by Sergio Leone; starring Clint
Eastwood. Based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo. Not a martial arts movie, but we had to get Clint Eastwood in
The Magnificent Seven
Based on Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai.
Kurosawa himself borrowed source material from the west. Shakespeare's King Lear became Ran, and
Macbeth, Kurosawa's Throne of Blood.
Steven Seagal movie list
Steven Seagal video clips
Jason Bourne series, starring Mat Damon
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Starring Liam Neeson. The action is comparable to the Jason Bourne movies. Even more satisfying to watch Liam
Neeson's character handle bad guys.
Utah County Movie Resources
BYU International Cinema
Japanese films shown every semester at Brigham Young
University in Provo. And they are free.
Orem, Utah Public Library
Excellent collection of international videos and DVD’s, including martial arts movies by Akira Kurosawa and
Aikido Video Clips
Self Defense DVD's