The samurai trilogy

The samurai trilogy

DVD - 2012 | Japanese
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"The Samurai Trilogy, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune, was one of Japan's most successful exports of the 1950s, a rousing, emotionally gripping tale of combat and self-discovery. Based on a novel that's often called Japan's Gone with the Wind, this sweeping saga fictionalizes the life of the legendary seventeenth-century swordsman (and writer and artist) Musashi Miyamoto, following him on his path from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. With these three films-1954's Oscar-winning Musashi Miyamoto, 1955's Duel at Ichijoji Temple, and 1956's Duel at Ganryu Island-Inagaki created a passionate epic that's equal parts tender love story and bloody action."--Container.

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aznjasonn
Sep 18, 2016

Very loosely based on Musashi Miyamoto. You get to see Takezo go from a dim wit in the first film, a half wit in the 2nd film, and a slightly clever man in the 3rd. Pretty good character development and lots of foreshadowing. The first was my favorite because practically everyone deceives him.
It's a shame Takezo and Matahachi never met again; I am assuming he was killed when he disguised himself as a bandit to kill Otsu--perhaps Matahachi's family was killed too? We'll never know.

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Tou
Feb 02, 2015

This is amazing story! Definitely Japan's Gone with the Wind. One of the best samurai films ever. It has everything you could want: sword fights galore, fainting women and badass samurai!

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