Genre Guesstimation – The Samurai (1967)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings and we will be reviewing our favorite French Film Noir.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Howard!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French Film Noir…..


“I never lose. Never really.” – Jeff Costello

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After fulfilling his contract and killing a businessman, a hitman tries to elude the police eventhough he suspects that one of the witnesses can identify him.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that this month’s genre is not one that I usually am drawn to.

This made things a bit more difficult to find films to watch, but in my constant journey to expand my film knowledge into realms that I am less familiar and comfortable with, I was able to find some very interesting movies to watch for this series.

I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Howard’s choice for me to watch.

This is a film that I had never heard of before Howard suggested it and the premise seemed quite intriguing to watch.

This is a film that is able to show the life of a hitman and the complications that go along with it.

WE get to see how his mind needs to work before, after and during a fulfillment of a contract.

Everything is planned out so meticulously and one small slip-up can cause a ripple effect of problems don the line.

The story is told at a great pace and this is able to add so much more tension and suspense to things as the story unfolds in unexpected ways.

The plot unfolds in a very subtle way and the characters react in subtle ways to everything happening around them.

This actually adds so much to the atmosphere of things and helps keep the story fascinating from start to finish.

The main character (Jeff)’s actions throughout the film seem so well thought out that he has so much trouble understanding how things have gotten out of control so quickly.

This is especially problematic for him because of the way that he is always in control of everything that happens in his life.

The story plays out well and they are ale to make both the situation and the character so gripping to watch especially when things move in directions that cannot be anticipated throughout.

Bottom Line – This film presents the difficult life of a hitman really well. We get to see how his mind works when committing a hit, before it and most importantly afterwards.  The film tells its story at a great pace and that helps add tension and suspense to things as the plot moves along.  Love the way that this film shows so much of what happens in a subtle way because that adds so much to the atmosphere of the story. The main character’s actions throughout the film seem so well thought out that he can never quite grasp why he has fallen into a situation that he cannot control. The story plays out really well and it’s so easy to find this story and character so gripping to watch as things move along in some very unexpected directions. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Jean-Pierre Melville brought a copy of the script to Alain Delon, Delon asked him what the title was. When he was told the title was “Le samouraï”, Delon had Melville follow him to his bedroom, where there was only a leather couch and a samurai blade hanging on the wall. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely, they do a wonderful job here showing the kind of life a hitman must lead in order to maintain both his sanity and his reputation.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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