MartialHorror reviews the "Daimajin" trilogy- "Daimajin", "Return of Daimajin" and "Daimajin Strikes Again", all of which are known for combining samurai drama with....Kaiju Eiga? Samurai Vs Giant Monsters? HOW HAVE I NOT SEEN THIS AWESOMENESS BEFORE!?
I had liked "Lady Snowblood" during my initial viewing, but I think I only enjoyed it on a superficial level, believing it to be exploitation packaged as art. I was paying so much attention to the violence, sex and style that I overlooked the depth to be found within the story, characters and visuals.
The problem is that "The Empire Strikes Back" had better editing, cinematography, direction, dialogue, acting and everything. It set the bar so high that I have to be careful not to sound too negative when speaking of the third entry, as "Return of the Jedi" feels so inferior in comparison- even though it's pretty good in almost every way.
"Three Outlaw Samurai", which probably should be called "Three Outlaw Ronin", is an entertaining Chambara opus thanks to an abundance of style and swordplay. But it's not likely to last very long within your memory because it borrows from every trendy samurai flick of its time...