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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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.

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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