The Samurai Trilogy [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Japanese director Hiroshi Inagaki created his Samurai Trilogy of motion pictures between 1954 and 1956. Adapted from Musashi - an Eiji Yoshikawa novel regarded as Japan's equivalent to Gone with the Wind - the three features chronicle the life story of the legendary Musashi Miyamoto, a swordsman, writer and artist. Inagaki dramatizes his transition from wild, undisciplined young man to wise and noble warrior. The installments include: Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954), Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955), and Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956).
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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Samurai 3: Duel At Ganryu Island is the final movie in director Hiroshi Inagacki's trilogy following a samurai played by Toshiro Mifune. In this film, Mifune is challenged to a duel by his arch-rival (Koji Tsuruta). Before he fights the duel, Mifune is tested by a number of bandits and has to cope with the affections of two different women. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto
Musashi Miyamoto was the first entry in Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Ingaki's Samurai trilogy. Toshiro Mifune is Takezo, a good-for-nothing from the farming village of Miyamoto, who dreams of becoming a samurai in 17th century Japan. Over the course of the first part, Takezo evolves from being a man filled with rage and violence who is looked upon by others as a wild animal to being Musashi Miyamoto, a man yearning for a deeper understanding of himself and what it takes to be a true warrior. When first released in the US, Samurai 1 was "clarified" by the narration of William Holden, an actor with a long-standing fascination and affection for all things Japanese. Based on a mammoth novel by Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi Miyamoto was followed by Duel at Ichijoji Temple and Duel at Ganyru Island . All three films were eventually combined into an epic single entity, Samurai Trilogy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Samurai 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Samurai 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple follows the adventures of the 17th-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro Mifune), as he wanders through feudal Japan learning the ways of a samurai warrior. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Toshiro Mifune
    Toshiro Mifune - Musashi Miyamoto
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    Koji Tsuruta - Koijiro Sasaki
  • Kaoru Yachigusa
    Kaoru Yachigusa - Otsu
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    Michiko Saga - Omitsu
  • Mariko Okada
    Mariko Okada - Akemi

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