Kurosawa. Zaitochi. Inagaka. If these names mean anything to you—or, perhaps more importantly, if they don't—then the Samurai Series is for you. TSS is just what it sounds like: an ongoing feature celebrating exemplary works of samurai cinema.
Best-known for its tales of swordplay, honor, and rebellion, the movement's popularity declined in the '70s amidst a changing climate in film, but its impact on other genres is inarguable: A Fistful of Dollars is based on Yojimbo, Seven Samurai was re-told as The Magnificent Seven, and Star Wars was influenced by The Hidden Fortress, to name just a few. TSS will begin as a series of reviews and culminate in a best-of list.