Afraid to Die - Yasuzo Masumura (1960)
Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the suicide of Yukio Mishima, so here is the trailer for his staring role in Yasuzo Masumura's delirious and wild yakuza tale about a brash, young man who leaves prison only to get embroiled in all sorts of illegal activities, pulled between the underworld and his love of Yoshie (Ayako Wakao).
Zatoichi meets the One Armed Swordsman - Kimiyoshi Yasuda (1971)
Probably one of the greatest cross over films ever made! This time Zatoichi, the legendary blind masseuse finds himself up against the classic Shaw Brothers hero the one armed swordsman, made popular by, and played here by, Jimmy Wang Yu! Yes, a blind swordsman versus a one armed swordsman. Amazing!