|Amazing to find a gaijin who digs this stuff.|
Even more amazing to find that a video with English subtitles is available at Amazon.com.
I never saw the movie series, though I've read some of the original manga by Koike Kazuo.
Wakayama Tomisaburo who plays Ogami Itto also played the yakuza boss in Ridly Scott's "Black Rain". He is the older brother of Shintaro Katsu who starred in the Zatoichi movies (which was remade as "Blind Fury" starring Rutger Hauer)