Le samouraï

Le samouraï

The samurai

DVD - 2005 | French
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Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nightclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Criterion Collection,, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781681433820
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (27 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm).
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Alternative Title: Samurai


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Nov 04, 2020

To me this is a slow-paced crime drama centering around a contract killer, whose character we know little about throughout the film. The story telling is pretty narrative. A young Alain Delon looked good in his trench coat. And the ending is not well explained. So it is just an OK watch for me.

Jul 14, 2020

One of the great films of all time . Classic cool Paris Noir ~420 Very little dialogue but tons of atmosphere and mood

Mar 25, 2020

One of my favorite films of all time...the only comparable modern film that can stand up to it is the George Clooney/Anton Corbjin film "The American," a perfect film and Clooney's best role.

Mar 07, 2020

VERY GOOD 1967 piece of dark French neo-noir film starring newly discovered by me talented French actor Alain Delon, one of Europe's most prominent actors and screen sex symbols from the 1960s.. The dark tale moves slowly in beautiful production as criminal hitman Alain Delon character travels about Paris in his fedora and trench coat, evading the police and the criminal gang who had hired him to murder a nightclub owner.

Feb 01, 2020

I have watched this film so many times I thought I had left a comment previously.
This film is excellent in so many ways: story, actors (Alain Delon), direction (Jean Pierre Melville) and incredible style - the settings, the trench coat and hat. The hat!
I am convinced that we now live in the best of times; but Paris in the 60's is a strong attraction for me to have lived in that cool era.

Sep 26, 2018

Great movie, great acting. The silence, the unceremonious actions, the immobile facial features of the contract killer are impressive. This beautiful face becomes almost repulsive with blank glassy eyes.

Aug 10, 2018

One of the greatest films out of France. Classic French-Noir with fantastic scenery, music , mood etc. A true hypnotic masterpiece ~420

Jan 21, 2018

Superb, visually beautiful and quite mesmerizing.

Dec 10, 2017

Similar to Chinatown, mostly comprehensible in the first sitting, and very rewarding in follow-up sittings. Yes, the plot is somewhat convoluted, but so is life. Instead of a canary in the coalmine, we have a canary in the apartment room. Comparisons have been made to "Gun for Hire" and films by John Woo and Johnnie To.

Dec 04, 2017

For the two people who mention - This Gun For Hire!! For some reason your comments make me want to add that Le Samurai, in turn, had some influence on The French Connection!! The scenes in the subway made me think of that!!!
Moreover, this was a film noted by Tarantino afficionados!! I liked the film!! I found the plot a bit convoluted, especially toward the end. For Minneapolosians I saw it at Trylon. I think the print was off a bit!! Anxious to see, what I gather, would be the clean Criterion version!!
The woman of color who played the nightclub performer, who we learn has something to do with the goings on, was mesmerizing, dizzying!!!!!!

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Jul 28, 2016

Subway chase with the cutting edge net of GaAs transmitter-wielding cops at that time:
I want flawless surveillance this time. You're in charge of surface vehicles. You cover the metro. I'll give you 50 men and 20 auxiliaries. You'll all wear a gallium arsenide transmitter.
You in trouble? Because of me?
--I've never been in trouble because of you.

Jul 28, 2016

akirakato commented that this quote at the start of the film did not exist in Book of Bushido but Melville's own:
“There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle… Perhaps…”
It might have been fictional but sounded true: Warriors don’t fear or shun solitude, but rather befriend it. Knowing their chosen path often leads to hardships and even death, the warrior understands few will make the choice and therefore it will often be necessary to go it alone. And the warrior also knows that even with others, those who don’t follow the warrior’s path, he or she may be in solitude though in a crowd.

At times, warriors seek out solitude to hone their skills through meditation, exercise, and training. Other times, solitude is forced upon them due to the path they follow. Regardless, like the tiger in the jungle, the warrior treats solitude as a friend.

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