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Miyamoto Musashi (I) (1954)

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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

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Rentarô Mikuni ...
Kuroemon Onoe ...
Kaoru Yachigusa ...
Mariko Okada ...
Mitsuko Mito ...
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Akihiko Hirata ...
Kusuo Abe ...
Temma Tsujikaze
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Terumasa Ikeda (as Sakae Ozawa)
Akira Tani ...
Kawarano-Gonroku
Seijirô Onda ...
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Fumindo Matsuo ...
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Masanobu Ôkubo ...
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Takuzô Kumagai ...
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With his closest friend, Matahachi, Takezo (the town's wild, orphan kid) leaves his village to join an army on its way to battle. After their side loses, they seek shelter in the isolated home of a widow, Oko, and her daughter, Akemi. Oko seduces Matahachi, who forgets his betrothal to the virtuous Otsu. Oko, Matahachi, and Akemi go to Kyoto, but Takezo returns to the village. Matahachi's family rejects Takezo's report and has him arrested for treason. A monk rescues him from death and sentences him to the study of the samurai code. Otsu and Takezo fall in love, and she promises to wait for him when he sets off on the road as a knight errant. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 March 2007 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Miyamoto Musashi" (1955): by Hiroshi Inagaki, starring Torshiro Mifune. This is an EPIC story of one man who sets out to travel far and wide throughout the land and himself in search of his identity and purpose. It has something of the feel of Herman Hesse's book "Siddhartha", but with Samurai battle scenes… (no, it is NOT a silly martial arts film). Having won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of 1955, this is 97 minutes of serious life dramas, with the priorities being Japanese, of course. One must think that with less than a decade having passed since Japan's defeat in WWII, this film's considerations (set in the 16th century) - about identity, goals, love, war, status, and true purpose - were nearly unavoidable. Beautiful photography, good color (considering the era), music that occasionally over-swelled the scene, believable sets, and again, a serious story line, make this one worth seeing. This will sound odd, but I found lots of parallels to the early Marlon Brando film, "The Wild One'". Feel free to disagree.


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