Film Movement Classics

Samurai Wolf 1 & 2

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This special limited edition spot gloss slipcover (designed by Chris Barnes) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Founded in 2002 as one of the first-ever subscription film services with its DVD-of-the-Month Film Club, Film Movement is now a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. In 2015, Film Movement launched the reissue label Film Movement Classics featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on home video, with an emphasis on films by auteur directors such as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway and Takeshi Kitano.

Legendary genre auteur Hideo Gosha’s gleefully anarchic, spaghetti western-informed samurai adventures are finally available to North American audiences in one complete set.

SAMURAI WOLF: Isao Natsuyagi stars as Kiba, a charismatic ronin who wanders into a small town and ends up ensnared in a local conflict that's more than meets the eye. After dispatching a pair of highway criminals seen robbing a courier wagon, Kiba agrees to assist a beautiful blind woman who runs the local shipping company. Double- and triple-crosses ensue, illustrated with savage but economical violence courtesy of famed director Hideo Gosha's (THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI, VIOLENT STREETS) striking black and white filmmaking. The result is a lean and mean triumph of samurai cinema, cementing Gosha's status as a master of the genre.

SAMURAI WOLF 2: HELL CUT: Charismatic ronin Kiba (Isao Natsuyagi) returns, once again entangled in a complex web of intrigue, involving a crooked goldmine owner, a cynical swordsman, and an arrogant dojo master. Master filmmaker Hideo Gosha brings his trademark tight pacing and stylish action to this brisk morality play, inevitably punctuated by the explosions of violent swordplay beloved by fans of the genre.

directed by: Hideo Gosha
starring: Isao Natsuyagi, Ryôhei Uchida, Junko Miyazono, Tatsuo Endô, Ichirô Nakatani, Yûko Kusunoki, Kô Nishimura
2023 / 147 min (combined) / 2.35:1 / Japanese Mono

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • Outlaw Director: Hideo Gosha featurette with Tomoe Gosha
  • Audio commentary by Chris Poggiali, co-author of These Fists Break Bricks
  • 20-page booklet with a new essay by Robin Gatto, author of Hideo Gosha, cinéaste sans maître
  • English subtitles