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Samurai Fantasy Movie Blade of the Immortal on Hulu

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Like katana? Like Samurai? Like a body count right out of an 80's Stallone or Schwarzenegger film? Then you are in luck! Blade of the Immortal with English subs is streaming on Hulu. Without giving away spoilers, be prepared for a movie short on plot and long on severed limbs. It's a straight up bloodbath. Takashi Miike is known for making absolute slaughter fests, and this one has a decent budget and body count. If you've got time to kill and a Hulu account, it's worth a watch. 

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Katana, Ninja, and Samurai In West World Season Two

If you have HBO chances are you have probably already watched season two of West World, so this is no surprise to you. If you haven't, season two has some great scenes in Samurai World with one of my favorite actors Hiroyuki Sanada. If you've seen The Last Samurai, The Wolverine, or 47 Ronin, then [...]

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The Japanese Samurai Sword Used by Katana in the Suicide Squad Movie

August is going to be hotter than usual this year! DC is finally going to give fans what they have been clamoring for; Suicide Squad. Among the staples everyone knows like the Joker, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn is a lesser know character named Katana. Yep, just like the sword, which is what katana means in [...]

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Musashi - A Review of one of the Best Books About Ronin and Samurai Ever Written

Book Review - Musashi, by Yoshikawa EijiThe last blog post that I wrote for Ronin Katana was a book review of The Book of Five Rings, the penultimate work of master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. I had read The Book of Five Rings more than once, and continue to re-read it each year as part of my "rotation" (like many voracious [...]

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Hanzo Steel Ninja Bujinkan Katana

As a kid I was fascinated with all things Ninja. I dreamed about having the skills and weapons they carried. Sadly, my reality was shoddy ninja suits from flea markets, and cheap stainless steel ninja swords that had no resemblance to what historical Japanese Ninja actually used. Flash forward to the present day, and rainy [...]

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Marvel's Deadpool Movie - Samurai Swords and Guns - A look at the Katana Deadpool uses.

This February Marvel Comic's Deadpool will hit theaters. This marks one of the few times a comic book inspired movie will have an R rating. Others have been  the Blade movies, and the Watchmen. Like Blade, and the Watchmen, Deadpool also focuses on an anti-hero instead of a super hero. It's interesting to see FOX [...]

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AMC's Into the Badlands - Kung Fu, Jian, and Katana Mix it up on TV in a Samurai Style Western

The Apocalypse has come and gone, and all that's left now are poppy fields and kung fu fighters! So far, that's the premise of AMC's In the Badlands, which airs on Sunday nights.  "The wars were so long ago nobody even remembers. Darkness and fear ruled until the time of the barons, seven men and [...]

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Forging Swords in China - Some of the Greatist Living Sword Smiths in China

China has been making swords for thousands of years, and to this day, sword ownership in China is something successful businessmen and families aspire to. Famous smiths can command prices in excess of $100,000USD for a single jian or dao rivaling, and in many instances, eclipsing their Japanese katana making rivals.Becoming a master smith follows [...]

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Musashi and the Book of the Five Rings - Japanese Swordsman, Samurai, Poet, and Artist

The Book of Five RingsIf you collect katanas long enough you're eventually going to hear of him. One of the most famous and revered swordsman who ever lived, Miyamoto Musashi has inspired countless martial artists for centuries through his writings and the legends that surround his life. You've probably heard the name before now, whether referenced as a historical [...]

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How Ebay Samurai Swords get Made in China - An Inside Look at Sword Making Part Three

Ebay sword dealers offer a lot of customization, including custom hamon. As with the other parts of sword making, that too is outsourced to locals who specialize in it. There are several places, that range from very fast, to very detailed. The lower the price point on a sword sale, the lower the amount they [...]

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