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  1. @DragonClaws Let me ask you--in your list so far--have you included actress Yoko Natsuki? The list is so long that I could not check every post--so I ask you. She was in the movie Karate For Life. But she's mostly known for her weekly appearances in the tv series Abarenbo Shogun where she played the female Ninja Osono. Since the TV series lasted many years and she did martial arts for each weekly episode, then she must have done at least a hundred scenes of martial arts, making her the lady with the most martial appearances!! Because when I used to watch the series, she did martial arts in every single weekly episode. When I googled online, I see her dressed in only regular clothing but don't see her in her ninja outfit. It would be good if somebody could find an image of her dressed in her ninja outfit. Her name is Yoko Natsuki.
  2. Thanks, DragonClaws, you made my day.
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    All Things Chuck Norris

    Your point is well-taken, DC. Yes, you're right--it's because I had already seen so many Japanese films before I saw Octagon so that I became very discriminating/sensitive as to good Swordplay. Octagon was Ninjutsu but it was a Westernized version, so it rubbed me the wrong way. Even Sho Kosugi's films were Westernized in a way too, but Kosugi at least injected some degree of authenticity to his swordplay.
  4. What surprised me recently was when I ran across a movie of Saotome Mondo (starring famous actor Ichikawa Utaemon) that had plenty of Ninja-action. Also surprising was the appearance of actor Yamagata Isao. Isao always plays the role of villains but this time he was also the head of the Ninja group. Normally when he plays a villain, it's a high-ranking character such as a Magistrate so he doesn't do any fight scenes. But this time he played a ninja leader so he did plenty of Swordfighting with Mondo. In one great fight scene in an abandoned building in a forest, hordes of ninja attack Mondo. As the hordes attack him, the leader himself joins the fray and flings darts and smoke bombs and fire bombs at Mondo. And all while the hordes are attacking him at the same time. Pure joy to watch. The main actor Utaemon was extremely popular back in the day. In fact he was already popular during the Silent films of the 1920s! And it was mostly from playing just the Mondo character.
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    All Things Chuck Norris

    Much as I hate to say it, I felt disappointed at Chuck Norris in the Octagon. Specifically what disappointed me was his Swordplay. Seems that Norris is much better suited for Karate. That's why I preferred Norris in the Texas Ranger series where he seems to feel right at home. On the other hand the Westerner I thought was really good at Swordplay was Mike Stone. I still have a magazine back issue featuring an interview with Mike Stone where he says that at a certain point the Sword itself seems to take on a life of its own. Interestingly this happens to be the case with some Sword-practitioners who say that the blade develops a "soul" of its own. That's why some characters such as Nemuri Kyoshiro actually give a name to their Sword.
  6. @DragonClaws Say, DC, when you brought up the Korean flick a while ago, it rang a bell in me because it made me recall a Korean television series I saw quite a number of years ago. What struck me as strange was that the Korean character used a Japanese sword and seems to imitate Japanese techniques. In fact I might even go so far as to say it imitated the technique of Nemuri Kyoshiro and his Engetsu (Full Moon technique). By that I mean the Korean's blade moved in a roughly circular movement and even had the special effects multiple-images. For all I know, maybe the Koreans were paying tribute to Japan's Nemuri Kyoshiro. If anybody knows the Korean title, they can post it here because I would like to get a dvd. After all many Korean-TV shows have been put on dvd so it's a good chance for this Sword series.
  7. Not weird but I have to say I was disappointed at the movie Legendary Weapons of China. It did not measure up to his title. In comparison, there was a much better variety of weapons in Gordon Liu's Heroes of the East. Even the lowly weapon the tonfa was included in Liu's movie. I used to have a friend who is a kung fu fan and he always used to say the tonfa is the least popular. I guess that depends on how many movies have featured that weapon. So if anybody can list any other appearances, that would be nice.
  8. Well, I had already known of the Longquan school, but your link was the first time I saw an actual Video of them in the process of smithing. Why it's not the Chinese but instead the Japanese swords that get the most attention and most value is because the Chinese people as a whole place only a small value on antique swords. A classic example of that can be seen in the case of a farmer, Yi Shouxiang, who discovered a very old antique sword in the dirt. Not thinking of its cultural value at all, Shouxiang began using it as a Kitchen-knife. By the time somebody else had let Shouxiang know about its great value as an ancient artifact, it was already too late because too much damage had been done to the blade by his use of it as a kitchen knife. He could have made a tremendous amount of money by selling it but by that time the damage had devalued it too much.
  9. Excellent video, Dragon Claws. As you know, Smithing is of great interest to me, both Japanese and Chinese. Most people think of just the sword fighter but actually the Smith is just as important. DC, you made my day!
  10. In the Hanayama Daikichi that I mentioned in an earlier post starring Hiroki Matsukata, it should be added that the titular character was actually made famous at first by Matsukata's Father, actor Konoe Jushiro. Although Jushiro's most famous role was that of true-life Swordsmaster Yagyu Jubei in movies such as the classic Yagyu Secret Scroll.
  11. Although the most well-known Swordsman is Miyamoto Musashi, there was another one who was just as formidable and fought and won numerous duels. He was Kagehisa Ittosai. He is so highly respected that many of his techniques are used in modern-day Kendo tournaments. In particular is one technique with a shinai-sword which differs from a conventional Parry-maneuver. Because conventionally when you parry your opponent's blade, you sweep it aside. But in Ittosai's technique, the so-called parry comes straight down. There is a slight sweep but it's very slight because even though it is a Parry, it is actually a single-move that continues downwards in a cut to the opponent's helmet. It sounds easy but takes great skill because if not done properly it will fail to block an attack.
  12. The classic series Hanayama Daikichi is finally subtitled: https://samuraidvd.com/ichiban-presents-lowly-ronin-hanayama-daikichi/
  13. @DragonClaws Let me also add that the Onmitsu Kenshi series also included the actor Ryuji Shinagawa. Shinagawa was a popular comedian at that time, most notably in the television series Hanayama Daikichi where he co-starred with Konoe Jushiro who acted as Daikichi. Jushiro's character was a regular Swordsman but Shinagawa played a Yakuza. The series had a classic comedic scene where Shinagawa thought his clothing had fleas. So he took off all his clothes except his loin-cloth, and laid his clothes on the ground and began looking for fleas.
  14. @DragonClaws To answer your question--yes, I guess you could call it old if you consider the 1960s old, because it came out in the early 60s. I never heard about it until a man from Australia mentioned it to me because he told me the actor was popular in Australia during that time. That is, the actor Ose Koichi. So popular that actor Koichi even made live stage-performances in Melbourne and Sydney. When he made stage performances in Australia they would use a trampoline so he could jump and tumble onto the stage. So it was not Bruce Lee but instead Ose Koichi who was the very first Oriental martial artist to make it big in the Western world.
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    Super Sentai Series/Power Rangers Thread

    Since then, someone has uploaded quite a number of Henshin Ninja episodes at YouTube. Each episode is shown in its entirety. I tried to post a link to those videos but I don't have a computer so am instead limited to using an android Phone at which I am unable to post video-links. No matter, though, as you can easily find those episodes at YouTube. Having seen at least five episodes so far I find it very enjoyable. In fact the Swordplay is even better than Lion Maru. As a Fantasy-type series, one episode even used Frankenstein. No, not as corny as it sounds because the idea was applied in a clever way with some imaginative twists. The monster's head could be chopped off with the monster still surviving. In fact, the head itself could attack.
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