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SHINTARO THE SAMURAI

(ONMITSU KENCHI)

SEASON 5

Starring KOICHI OSE

JAPANESE SAMURAI TV SERIES 1962-65    4  DISCS - 13 EPISODES

DIRECTED BY TORU TOYAMA

PRODUCED BY TOSHIO KOBAYASHI

ABOUT THE SERIES :   This classic Japanese samurai TV series (1962-1965) portrays the adventures of a roving samurai, Akikusa Shintaro (whose real name is Matsudaira Nobuchiyo), played by Ose Koichi. Set in the 17th century Japan and is a combination of pantomime, violent action, brilliant sword play and magicianship. Shintaro is the older half-brother of Ienari, the 11th Tokugawa shogun. Because he is the son of a concubine, he has no claim to power, so he assumes the guise of a wandering spy-swordsman (along with the name Shintaro) to seek out and eliminate plots by rival warlords, in this way protecting his younger brother, who is still a minor. Acting on secret orders from roju (chief councillor) Matsudaira Sadanobu, Shintaro gathers information in the various fiefdoms and battles rival warriors and spies, aided by his Iga Ninja friend Tombei the Mist ( Japanese: Kiri no Tonbei), as played by Fuyukichi Maki. Shintaro is also helped by Shusaku (played by Omori Shunsuke), whose father has been kidnapped by Koga ninja, and whom Shusaku and Shintaro are also trying to find.

The series, originally known in Japan as Onmitsu Kenshi,  has some memorable villains, especially those played by Bin Amatsu, including the imposing Kongo of Koga, the other-worldly Fuma Kotaro (a descendant of the famous 16th century ninja F?ma Kotar?) and Gensai the Wolf. Genkuro Momochi, played by Toshiyuki Katsuki, is another villain who has a genuinely menacing screen presence; as well as a prominent scar in the middle of his brow. The Negishi (Negoro) ninja leaders Garidoshi (played by Yoshio Yoshida) and Onime the Bat (a one-eyed evil-doer with a shuriken for an eye-patch) also projects an aura of menace.

Part of the charm of this classic TV series is the poor dubbing of English voices over the Japanese soundtrack!

TITLES OF THE EPISODES OF SERIES 5: 

1. Touch Of Death

2. A Trap For Tombei

3. Taroza The Toad

4. The Secret Of The Wind Fort

5. The Barrier Gate

6. The Deserter

7. The Stolen Map

8. The Water Castle

9. A Narrow Escape

10. Return Of Kitobo

11. Saved By A Ninja

12. Yaheiji The Typhoon

13.The Fire Tower

FEATURING :  Koichi Ose, Fuyukichi Maki, Shunsuke Omori, Bin Amatsu, Jun Haichi, Tadashi Tanemura, Ryuji Ishiwa.

LANGUAGE:  English (dubbed). Dubbing is out of sync (like it was back when it aired in the 1960's).

SPECS : FULLSCREEN (4:3) format -  Region 1 NTSC - DISCS 1 to 3 have 3 episodes, DISC 4 has 4 episodes.

RATING : No rating.

DISCLAIMER : This very rare English dubbed Japanese TV Series comes from a private collection. THERE IS NO ART COVER WITH THIS SET AND ALL DVDs ARE IN A PLASTIC SLEEVE, NO DVD BOXES/CASES . The DVDs surface is white with no artwork/printing/name on it  and is of a very good quality. It played very well on all my DVD players. I don't know about Playstations 1/2/3 and/or Xbox consoles and/or older DVD players (before 2004). VERY GOOD PRINT!

PERSONAL NOTE : This DVD set is very rare in any format,  (I own over 5000 martial arts movie titles and humbly consider myself quite knowledgeable on the subject). Here?s your chance to own this extremely rare TV series! A must for all classic samurai story lovers!

(I HAVE THE OTHER SEASONS OF THIS SERIES ON EBAY AUCTIONS!)

THIS SET OF DVDs IS SOLD AS USED DVDs BECAUSE I CHECKED THEM TO VERIFY THE QUALITY. IN FACT, ALL THE 4 DVDs ARE BRAND NEW DVDs BUT I CANNOT SELL IT AS NEW SINCE IT WAS WATCHED.  I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THEY ARE  LIKE BRAND NEW! NO SCRATCHES, NO FINGER PRINTS! THE PICTURES SHOWN ARE SNAP SHOTS TAKEN FROM THE ACTUAL DVDs, NOT ENHANCED.   I give the best possible description of my items and my feedbacks speak by themselves. BID IN CONFIDENCE: LOOK AT MY FEEDBACKS WITH OVER 4000 COMMENTS FROM VERY SATISFIED BUYERS!  I'll gladly answer any questions you may have, and directly e-mail you the picture if you want, but please do so before bidding and not after to avoid any possible misunderstandings. I usually reply to emails on the same day. I combine shipping on multiple purchases (Please see note below concerning shipping). Shipped in bubble mailer. Have fun bidding and thank you for looking at this auction. JE PARLE ?GALEMENT LE FRAN?AIS.

SHIPPED (in bubble mailer WITH NO DVD CASES/BOXES) by Canada Post :

CANADA :   US$2.00  (2-4 business days)

U.S.A. (All States):  US$2.80 (5-8 business days)

INTERNATIONAL (All Countries): US$5.00 (8-12 business days)

U.S.A. and International are by airmail. In Canada, it could be ground or airmail.

NOTE : Day of shipping, Saturdays, Sundays & Legal Holidays are not counted in the delivery delays. These delays are most of the time accurate but they are always subject to additional delay caused by the Customs of your country (U.S.A. & International).

I INVITE YOU TO CHECK MY OTHER AUCTIONS OF EXTREMELY RARE MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE TITLES AND OTHERS WHICH WILL BE LISTED ON EBAY WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND WEEKS

IF YOU BUY MORE THAN ONE SERIES OF SHINTARO THE SAMURAI , I COMBINE SHIPPING. PLEASE ASK FOR A QUOTE ON MULTIPLE SERIES.