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A classic film for admirers of Japanese culture, history and martial arts,
This review is from: Samurai Trilogy Box Set (The Criterion Collection) (DVD)
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In short, the story of perhaps the greatest master of Japanese sword skill ever, a historical/almost mythical figure from 1600 feudal Japan.
The 3 movies tell of his evolution from a young hot head with exceptional ability, to a master of both his martial art and of life from a Japanese Shinto perspective.
These films are full of Japanese culture and mentality.
The actors are spell binding.
The fight sceens are believable and of the highest standard. (No, the actors cannot walk up walls!!! and fly through the air!!!).
The story for me, was and is deeply moving.
Do not misunderstand, my insight and identification does not parallel that of the main character, but it is a story which has become part of me.
I do not know if this will appeal to every one.
It is in Japanese with subtitles.
Some parts of the film become slow.
Nonetheless, for me, this is a masterpiece and one of my all time favorites.
It is timeless.
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2013 12:59:59 AM PST
Evan D. Converse says:
I would like to see the slow parts. Japanese movies are always that to "Hollywood" action movies.The viewing, and what is said, is what appeals to me as a period history piece like this.
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