This will be an ongoing list of my favourite films in the martial arts and the Jidaigeki genres. This was originally just going to be called the Martial Arts canon, then someone pointed out to me great samurai films and it made me think. I sometimes see samurai films categorized as martial arts film, sometimes I don’t, and I’m a bit conflicted myself, so I expanded the title so as to remove ambiguity.
The films will be listed in order of release year. It will always be expanding as I watch more great films. I would love to get recommendations from people.
Films not on the MUBI database that are on my list:
Lady With A Sword (1971, Pao-Shu Kao)
Films I plan to see:
Harakiri (1962, Masaki Kobayashi)
The Sword of Doom (1966, Kihachi Okamoto)
The Fate of Lee Khan (1973, King Hu)
The Valiant Ones (1975, King Hu)
Killer Clans (1976, Yuen Chor)
Executioners from Shaolin (1977, Lau Kar-leung)
Heroes of the East (1979, Lau Kar Leung)
Duel to the Death (1983, Ching Siu-tung)
Pedicab Driver (1989, Sammo Hung)
SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005, Wilson Yip)