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For over 25 years, AnimEigo has specialized in releasing the finest in subtitled Japanese Anime and Live-Action films.


Sleepy Eyes of Death


Sleepy Eyes of Death

from 24.99

Japanese w/ English subtitles
Format: 4xDVD5, Region 1 (NA)
Rating: 18+, Run Time: 338 min
Released: 1963-1964
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, COLOR
Extras: Collector's Booklet, Audio Commentary by Film Scholar Ric Meyers and Author/Martial Arts Expert Jeff Rovin, Image Gallery, Program Notes, Interactive Maps, Cast&Crew Biographies, Theatrical Trailers
Director(s): Kazuo IKEHIRO, Kenji MISUMI, Kimiyoshi YASUDA, Tokuzo TANAKA
Author(s): Renzaburo SHIBATA, Seiji HOSHIKAWA
Starring: Raizo ICHIKAWA
Warning: Contains Violence, Nudity, and Nihilism
© 1963-64 Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.

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Available as 4-film DVD sets - $24.99 or all 3 DVD sets - $74.97

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Master of the Full Moon Cut

He is a mysterious stranger, the samurai with the strange, sleepy eyes. His mother Japanese; his father a foreigner; he has no past, he wants no future. He calls himself Nemuri Kyoshiro, but those who challenge him face... 

The Sleepy Eyes of Death!

Sleepy Eyes of Death is one of the longest-running (12 films) and best-loved samurai series of all time. Raizo Ichikawa (who sadly died at the age of 37) masterfully portrays Nemuri Kyoshiro, "the son of the Black Mass," a half-breed warrior in search of a perfect death, driven by his disdain for Christianity and for the society in which he lives. Like all of Samurai Cinema's releases, Sleepy Eyes of Death is uncut, unedited, and presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio. 

  • One of the most iconic and longest-running samurai film series of all time.

  • Starring the incomparable Raizo Ichikawa, “The James Dean of Japan”.

  • Based on the writings of legendary novelist Renzaburo Shibata.

  • Collected in 3 volumes, each containing 4 films in the series.

"...due to its refreshing pessimism and nihilistic hero, The Chinese Jade isn't your sensei's samurai flick" -- Passport Cinema

"All four of the films in the set are winners, and get stronger with each installment" -- Shogun-ki

"As with their other films, AnimEigo has subtitles that explain briefly some of the historical or cultural references spoken of by the characters, with more extensive notes as part of the supplements" -- Coffee, Coffee...

"I greatly enjoyed the adventures of this chronic nihilist, and I'm certain that if you are at all a fan of films of the period you'll find something to enjoy here" -- Popzara

"Ichikawa Raizo brings such a bizarre and unlikely effeminate charisma to his misogynistic ronin that the films are always interesting and this set comes highly recommended" -- DVD Talk

"Sleepy Eyes of Death, where have you been hiding all my samurai loving life?" -- EuroCultAV

"The Sleepy Eyes of Death film series is legendary, albeit hard to locate. That is until AnimEigo" -- Cinegeek

"Kyoshiro breaks all the conventions of traditional cinematic samurai and does so in a way that will have you clamoring for the next four films in the series as soon as you finish these" -- Film Fanaddict

"I can’t wait until the next boxset is released" -- Japan Reviewed

"Sword of Adventure cuts in a way only the coolest samurai pictures can" -- Passport Cinema

"Unforgettable samurai cinema, a true collector’s classic" -- Anime Radius

"...Raizo Ichikawa is a terrific lead whose introduction to the Sleepy Eyes of Death is a portent of the great things this franchise has to come" -- FilmSmash

"Sleepy Eyes of Death is one of the most well-known samurai series for good reason" -- Film Smash