Director Sadatsugu Matsuda
(aka Sadaji Matsuda, 1906-2003)

A Chivalrous Spirit Ako Roshi Duel of Blood and Sand

Swordsman of the Two-Sword Style (1956)
Ninja's Weapon (1956)
Port of Honor (1957)
The Lord Takes a Bride (1957)
Rebellion (1957)
A Chivalrous Spirit (1958)
Seven from Edo (1958)
The Bored Hatamoto Tribute (1958)
Tange Sazen: Secret of the Golden Spell (1958)
Lord Mito 2 (1959)
The 47 Masterless Samurai (1959)
Shingo's Original Challenge: Parts 1 & 2 (1959)
Tange Sazen and the Mystery of the Twin Dragons (1959)
Mighty Shosuke (1960)
Road of Chivalry (1960)
Bored Hatamoto: Riddle of the Assassins Group (1960)
Mito Komon: All Star Version (1960)
Shingo's Original Challenge: Part 3 (1960)
Shingo's Original Challenge: Part 4 (1960)
Tange Sazen: The Mysterious Sword (1960)
Ako Roshi (1961)
Tange Sazen and the Princess (1961)
Shingo's Challenge: Part 1 (1961)
Knightly Advice (1962)
Duel of Blood and Sand (1963)
The Glorious Tokaido (1963)
Vanquished Foes (1964)

Sadatsugu Matsuda Sadatsugu Matsuda was the illegitimate son of Shozo Makino, the legendary director credited as the founding father of Japanese cinema, and also the half-brother of his fellow jidai-geki director Masahiro Makino. Matsuda enjoyed long and productive partnerships with such classic samurai film actors as Cheizo Kataoka, Utaemon Ichikawa and Hashizo Okawa.

Most of Matsuda's work was well-crafted but unremarkable matinee fare, though he did have his moments of prestige. His 1961 Ako Roshi was a big-budget, star-studded adaptation of the 47 Ronin story produced as the Toei's 10th anniversary feature. Matsuda also has the distinction of directing Japan's first color Cinemascope production, 1957's The Lord Takes a Bride.

Sadatsugu Matsuda is sometimes billed as Sadaji Matsuda, which I'm guessing is like being known as both William Matsuda and Bill Matsuda.

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