aka: "Legend of the Eight Samurai" or "Legend of the Eight Dog Warriors"
Air date: 2006/01/03
Starring: Takizawa Hideaki, Ayase Haruka, Kanno Miho, Nakama Yukie, Watabe Atsuro
RAWs on d-addicts by gryzze:
http://www.d-addicts.com/forum/torrents ... +all&sort=
Hardsubbed version by Nya! Fansubs:
an excerpt from my post in part2 of Satomi:
jholic wrote:i actually watched the movie version of this many years ago while i was on vac in japan. even w/o subs and having my relatives translate it while i watched, i fell in love with it. one movie review book called this movie the "star wars" of jp cinema. i believe it. the special effects look corny for those who watch it now, but it was the story that i loved. (for jp fans, it starred sonny chiba and a young hiroyuki sanada of kou kou kyoushi). i still regard it as one of the best samurai films of all time.
i spent years looking for it afterwards, but since i didn't know the jp title, i mistakenly thought that the english title was 'the tale of seven samurai' (the correct title is actually 'the legend of eight samurai'). so you can imagine my disappointment as i kept running into kurosawa's 'seven samurai' and other movies, but never finding this one.
well, to make a long story even longer, i finally found it at a blockbusters (the salt lake one for you hawaii residents) when vhs tapes were still the only thing to rent. as my luck would have it, someone had borrowed it, and lost it. they only had the cover out to torture me.
eventually, i got a copy of the vhs tape from one of my friends. when the dvd version of this movie was released, it was blasphemous -- full screen version w/ eng DUB and no subs. the injustice was only recently corrected when they released the widescreen, jp audio version w/ eng subs. (probably because i kept sending them death threats....)
i was absolutely ecstatic when i saw this release! the cast looks incredible. when i first tried to tell my jp friends about the movie years ago, they all gave me that look females give to otakus (nerds) when they're excited about an unknown subject. well, the last laugh will be on THEM!! hahahaha! wait till i tell them who's in this latest drama!