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While I love the Mifune Toshiro, in Inagaki's trilogy it is hard to separate the actor from the role, and it is much more "Mifune as Musashi" than Nakamura's performance here. Over the five films, Nakamura develops the character of Musashi from the wild beast of his youth to the sage warrior who duels on Ganryu island. Nakamura was a kabuki actor who transferred over to film, and his acting style is more nuanced than Mifune's energetic performance.
Uchida's "Miyamoto Musashi" follows Yoshikawa's novel faithfully, from Takezo and Matahachi's survival at the Battle of Sekigahara, to Takezo returning alone to their home villiage and romance with Matahachi's fiancé Otsu.Read more ›
The movies show the spiritual development of Musashi from a drifter seeking fame and fortune to finally understanding and embracing the true spirit of the samurai. The movie series builds up to the ultimate clash between Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro, Musashi's arch nemesis, truly one on the best samurai confrontations ever filmed.
If you love Japanese samurai movies or just plain appreciate a well crafted and beautifully filmed movie, I highly recommend this series. I've hoped and prayed they would one day put this movie out on DVD and now my prayers are answered!! Order it by all means!
They're similar, but different, and both top quality programs easily worth watching... with maybe an extra star to the Toshirô Mifune version (hey, it's got Toshirô Mifune!). But at this price and a running time close to ten hours, this set is a steal! It's quality all the way! Thank-you Animeigo!
To everyone of you who follows bushido and takes Musashi sensei as the best and most skillfull samurai fencer, and specially for those who study and practice Niten Ichi Ryu, this is the second best Musashi sensei saga movie ever made.
Their five movies are all splendid, ending with the epic duel against Kojiro Sasaki-sama. The 1950's trilogy with Mifune Toshiro is still # 1. But I love this one.
The first time I watched it was on computer downloaded files of the original VHS - released only in Japan. Now it's time for the fully restored 1961-1965 movies.
And Nakamura Kinnosuke is perfect as Musashi sensei. Nakamura is much younger than when he played "Lone Wolf and Cub" three season TV series in the 1970s.
I still hope and wait for the DVD release of Musashi-sama 1985 "Sorekara no Musashi" TV series... I'm waiting for years now...
Enjoy this box-set!
domo arigato gozaimassu
BrazilUltimate Samurai Miyamoto Musashi (5pc) (Coll)
much more to say but to put things simply I would buy it again.
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This movie version of MM is the best of them all; the actor ( Nakamura Kinnosuke or Nakamura Yorozuya ), acting and storyline are very good.Published 4 months ago by Colette C. Nishiki
Well acted, directed and photographed. Tape/volume 4 is superior to the remaining four, but each tape is well worth watching. Read morePublished 11 months ago by byron g nelson
This copy was not as current as the one starring Shinnosuke Ichikawa and Masatoshi Matsuoka. This one is really excellent. It is expensive. When I looked it up, it cost $80. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lilly
Without knowing the true history of Miyamoto Musashi, I would like to think that this version played by Nakamura Kinnosuke would be it.Published 19 months ago by Alan K. Okinaka
Not to take away anything from Mr. Mifune in the earlier Musashi (3) part film series, But this version includes (5) separate DVDs and follows Eiji Yoshikawa's version of his... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Surfone
I may be biased as I love all Musahi movies and books. If you're like me then this is a must have.Published 21 months ago by GhOsTeR 808
Kinnosuke Nakamura is a less masculine actor than Toshiro Mifuni so his portrayal of Musashi is more nuanced than than the previous set of three films done 10 years before these. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark from Seattle
This is more of a biopic than straight Samurai film, but that's why I ordered it. It's very well done and the price was excellent. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by D. Gilmer
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