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  Topic: Yoshitsune-Tragic Hero or Scheming Bastard?
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PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:37 am   Subject: Yoshitsune-Tragic Hero or Scheming Bastard?
Tatsunoshi, Gozen, and the rest: I know practically nothing about the history of Yoshitsune, Yoritomo, and their colleagues. When I get time, I'll try and read a few books (in English) that are recomm ...
  Topic: Letters of Sakamoto Ryoma
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PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:41 am   Subject: Letters of Sakamoto Ryoma
Thanks so much for your work and for posting the letters. They do give me some insight into Ryoma but also about his wife and his sister. I don't get the idea that either of them were long-suffering ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:29 am   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?


To see the TRUE, HONEST story of the Ako Incident, make sure to watch Brick McBurly's upcoming film, KIRA KOSUKENOSUKE YOSHINAKA: VALIANT SAMURAI. This stars Nakadai Tatsuya as the valiant, malign ...
  Topic: Geisha Assassin - A Review
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PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:03 am   Subject: Geisha Assassin - A Review
I'm going to have to check this film out. Where is it available?
  Topic: 2007 remake of Kurosawa's Sanjuro
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PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:59 am   Subject: 2007 remake of Kurosawa's Sanjuro
It actually isn't too bad. The actor who plays Sanjuro (forget his name) does a decent job. He's different from Mifune and that makes for an interesting watch.

I only wish that they hadn't exactly ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:39 am   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
Kira spent 40 years in service to the bakufu. I don't think those two statements from Confucian scholars is enough evidence that Kira was greedy, or at least any more greedy than any other official. I ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:29 am   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
To conclude this never ending debate, please accept the following as fact:

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  Topic: 2007 remake of Kurosawa's Sanjuro
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PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:05 am   Subject: 2007 remake of Kurosawa's Sanjuro
I have a DVD edition of this Sanjuro remake with subtitles. I got it from the "gray market" but it might be available commercially from YesAsia or some other site.
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:59 am   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
This is true. There is little or no evidence that Kira was the greedy, corrupt bakufu official that he is portrayed to be. But of course, to make the story of the 47 Ronin what it became, Kira had to ...
  Topic: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
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PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:45 am   Subject: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
Grammar issues aside (I over rushed to finish and made some simple mistakes). I wonder what the judges thought about Trial by FireThe grammar and spelling issues are important. I was sometimes distrac ...
  Topic: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
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PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:08 am   Subject: Re: It's all a learning thing
Congratulations to WT for her win, she deserved it for sure. It was a perfect way to lance the poison of all those misconceptions, and bloody funny too!Thanks! I had a lot of fun writing it. Very Happy I ...
  Topic: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
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PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 1:07 pm   Subject: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
Thanks for voting me the winner. What is the prize? Very Happy

My congratulations and the admiration of millions of web-goers.Aw geez, I was hoping for 500 ryo at least. Very Happy Just Kidding Twisted Evil
  Topic: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
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PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 1:06 pm   Subject: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
Thanks everyone for your compliments on my story. I had a LOT of fun writing it! Very Happy Very Happy
  Topic: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
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PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:02 pm   Subject: Winners of the 2009 Samurai Fiction Contest
Thanks for voting me the winner. What is the prize? Very Happy
  Topic: SamuraiDVD-Is it worth it?
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PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:40 am   Subject: SamuraiDVD-Is it worth it?
I just bought a couple copies of MIIKE TAKASHI'S ZATO ICHI - THE STAGE PLAY (2008) from Merlin, with the extra copy being sent to cartoonist Stan Sakai as a Christmas gift. A search on ebay for " ...
  Topic: SamuraiDVD-Is it worth it?
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PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:32 am   Subject: SamuraiDVD-Is it worth it?
Before I knew about Merlin (SamuraiDVD) or Corey (Cannibal King), I used to get those cheap DVDs from Ebay. However, many of them were so cheap, they didn't work. Then I found out that many of these p ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:53 pm   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
Personally, I think the Ronin had a multitude of different reasons for performing their feudal drive-by. Some might have expected employment, some might have done it to get revenge on Kira for his par ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:39 pm   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
Another scholar, Asami Yasusada, answered that this theory was ridiculous, that the Ako ronin expected to die and had already written their wills This actually provides even more support to the feelin ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:53 am   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
Although I've read many of the same sources, I'd never really considered how this could have been a plan by the Ako ronin to better their fortunes, which seems to be what is implied by Bodart-Bailey. ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:41 am   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
I have reread the thread and I still feel that Bailey's points are strong.

No matter what Kira supposedly did to tick Asano off, he was a fool for losing it in the Shogun's castle. Plus, Asano was ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:17 am   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
There are several original sources written by contemporary (at the time) Confucian scholars translated in SECRETS OF THE SAMURAI, ed. by Hiroaki Sato,

You mean "Legends Of The Samurai".
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  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:55 am   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
There are some problems with Bodart-Bailey's assessment. She (like most historians) has tendencies to accept without reservations the sources that support her position, and discount as "fiction&q ...
  Topic: New 47 Ronin Website
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:48 am   Subject: New 47 Ronin Website
No problem. However, we had such a knock-down, drag-out argument about the 47 Ronin. I don't feel like going through this yet again. I just wanted to let you know that there were other opinions.

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  Topic: New 47 Ronin Website
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:25 am   Subject: New 47 Ronin Website
There have been earlier discussions -- and disagreements -- on the subject of the 47 Ronin.

http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?t=1065&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=75

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  Topic: "Tandai shōshin roku" translation
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PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:33 am   Subject: "Tandai shōshin roku" translation
Thanks! Just got it downloaded. Very Happy
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