Item Description

SHINTARO THE SAMURAI

(ONMITSU KENCHI)

  SEASONS 1 to 9

Starring KOICHI OSE

JAPANESE SAMURAI TV SERIES 1962-65    33  DISCS - 115 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 Fuma Kotaro) 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!

 

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 -  NTSC Region 0 .

FOR SEASON 1, DISCS 1 and 2 have 5 episodes and DISC 3 has 3 episodes.

FOR SEASONS 2 TO 7, DISCS 1 to 3 have 3 episodes, DISC 4 has 4 episodes.

FOR SEASON 8, DISCS 1 and 2 have 5 episodes and DISC 3 has 4 episodes.

NO MENU, episodes plays one after another once you insert the disc.

RATING : No rating.

 

DISCLAIMER : This custom made DVD set comes from a private collection. THERE IS NO ART COVER WITH THIS DVD AND IT IS SOLD IN A PLASTIC SLEEVE, NO DVD BOX/CASE. The DVD surface is white with no artwork/printing/name on it and is of top quality. May not work with Playstations 1/2/3 and/or Xbox consoles and/or older DVD players (before 2004). VERY GOOD PRINT!

 

TITLE OF SEASONS:

 

SEASON 1: SPY SWORDSMAN

SEASON 2: KOGA NINJAS

SEASON 3: IGA NINJAS

SEASON 4: BLACK NINJAS

SEASON 5: FUMA NINJAS (1)

SEASON 6: FUMAS NINJAS (2)

SEASON 7: NINJA TERROR

SEASON 8: PHANTOM NINJA

SEASON 9: PUPPET NINJA

 

(NOTE: SEASONS 2 TO 7 ARE ALSO KNOWN AS VOLUMES 1 TO 6)

 

THE PICTURES SHOWN ARE SNAP SHOTS TAKEN FROM THE ACTUAL DVDS, NOT ENHANCED. I give the best possible description of my items. I'll gladly answer any questions you may have and directly e-mail you the picture if you want. My email is r.judd@videotron.ca - 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. JE PARLE ÉGALEMENT LE FRANÇAIS.

 

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