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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The Samurai Trilogy [Criterion Collection] [3 Discs] [DVD]