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Samurai III - Duel at Ganryu Island VHS

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4.6 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa, Michiko Saga
  • Directors: Hiroshi Inagaki
  • Writers: Hiroshi Inagaki, Eiji Yoshikawa, Hideji Hôjô, Tokuhei Wakao
  • Producers: Kazuo Takimura
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Homevision
  • VHS Release Date: September 3, 1996
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6302969344
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The most exciting and tension filled of Inagaki's trilogy, Duel at Ganryu Island provides samurai fans with some of the most scintillating swordplay and battle sequences ever filmed. It is the final showdown for Musashi Miyamoto and his arch-rival Kojiro Sasaki. Favorably compared to both Cool Hand Luke and Shane when it was first released, Samurai III brings this great epic to a close with its famous sunset scene--a stunning visual climax both in terms of action and photography.

Toshirô Mifune is confidence supreme and humility incarnate as the mature samurai master Musashi Miyamoto in the final film of Inagaki's sprawling trilogy. Now a legendary swordsman whose latest quest is to save an isolated village from rampaging brigands (shades of Seven Samurai), he remains haunted by the memory of Otsu (Kaoru Yachigusa). Meanwhile the ruthless and increasingly jealous Kojiro Sasaki (Koji Tsuruta) plots his battle royal with Musashi to prove who is the finest fencer in Japan. Inagaki weaves the web of subplots into a series of grand confrontations, among them the most exciting battles of the trilogy: Musashi's skirmish with the army of cutthroats while the village erupts in a fiery inferno around him, and the sunset duel between Musashi and Kojiro on an isolated beach, the two warriors taking on mythic dimensions silhouetted against the sun setting over the surf. Inagaki's delicate use of color throughout the series becomes most pronounced in this final sequence, where the glow of orange and red adds dramatic flourish to the twilight battle. Inagaki's reserved, restrained style and Mifune's melancholy performance--his granite face and stocky stance the very essence of somber wisdom and sad assurance--bring a gravity and seriousness to the drama that ultimately illuminates the personal cost of Musashi's supreme skill as his story ends on an elegiac but hopeful note. --Sean Axmaker

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