121) The Great Duel (1964) Dir: Eiichi Kudo Not Yet Released Date Seen: April 2, 2011 Rating: 3.5/5
A pretty exciting precursor to Kudo's original Thirteen Assassins. The climactic finale is equally messy and impressive, like with that great shot where Kudo's cameramen are wading through pond water to get a close-up view of the fighting. Political machinations and story is very similar to Assassins. And I don't mean the lame Miike remake.