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Recommended Reading & Viewing

Books

Judge Dee
Robert van Gulik. The definitive oriental murder mystery series. The first book, The Chinese Bell Murders appeared in 1958. These books will provide endless information and inspiration for playing or GMing investigative magistrates.

Lone Wolf & Cub
Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. The adventures of Itto Ogami and his son Daigoro. Translated and published by First Comics in 1987, this is the definitive manga comic series.

Ronin
Frank Miller, published by DC Comics. Yes, its partly science-fiction, but don't let the guns and computers fool you. Honour, duty and romance masterfully blended in a epic tale.

Shogun
James Clavell. The original classic tale of a gaijin in a feudal Japan very close to history.

The Book of Five Rings
Miyamoto Musashi. The essence of Musashi's ageless wisdom. Read and re-read this cover to cover.

 

Films

The Seven Samurai
Starring the incomparable Toshiro Mifune and directed by the master, Akiro Kurasawa, this is the definitive film of the genre.

Throne of Blood
Also starring Toshiro Mifune and directed by Akiro Kurasawa, another masterpiece of samurai duty and honour.

Shogun Assassin
Based on the Lone Wolf & Cub series. Recommended if you have a strong stomach!

 

 


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