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Samurai sword master rates 10 Japanese sword scenes in movies and TV

Kaito Suiju is master of the Hisui school of battōjutsu and instructor at Hisui Tokyo. He has been teaching katana sword fighting for decades and is of samurai descent.

He rates the realism of katana sword scenes in movies, including skills of actors, the way they hold and train with the swords, as well as the choreography of fights.

He also debunks some of the commonly-accepted myths and legends around samurai history and culture, and points out where Hollywood gets it wrong. He also demonstrates the correct method of how to grip and move with a katana sword, as well as talking us through the different parts of the sword.

Master Kaito Suiju rates Japanese-language movies including "Harakiri" (1962), "Yojimbo" (1961), "13 Assassins" (2010), "The Sword of Doom" (1966), "Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins" (2012) and anime such as "Samurai Champloo" (2004). And Hollywood movies such as "John Wick Chapter 3 - Parrabellum" (2019),"The Last Samurai" (2003) and Kill Bill Vol.1 (2003).

He also looks at a fight between Maeve (Thandi Newton) and Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) in HBO's "Westworld" (2020).

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