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The Samurai Trilogy, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki (The Rickshaw Man) and starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai), 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.
Having been a lifelong Toshiro Mifune fan, I was very happy to see one of his masterworks The Samuari Trilogy get the Criterion treatment and have all 3 films in one box. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bruce Dawson
What can I say that hasn't been said? I've seen this movie series many times in the past, in theaters and on tape Bearing in mind the film is older than I am, the restoration is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melvin K. Patterson
Holy smokes... This is by far the king of the samurai movies. If you like realistic samurai films, this one is right up there next to Seven Samurai. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Seipher Yamato
THE CRITERION PEOPLE DO SUCH A FANTASTIC JOB OF RESTORING OLD FILMS. I WANTED THESE BEFORE THEY DISAPPEARED.Published 3 months ago by Eleanor Takahashi iNSKIP