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Samurai swordsmen struggle to maintain heritage

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Published on Aug 23, 2010

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Samurai movies made Japanese cinema famous worldwide.

In the 1950s, films such as the Seven Samurai by Akiro Kurosawa were extremely popular both in Japan and abroad.

But waning interest is now leaving many of Japan's silver screen swordsmen out of work.

Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Japan's cultural capital of Kyoto.

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