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Release Date:
18 November 1955 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashy Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A milestone in Japanese postwar social development. See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Toshirô Mifune ... Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Rentarô Mikuni ... Honiden Matahachi
Kuroemon Onoe ... Takuan Osho
Kaoru Yachigusa ... Otsu
Mariko Okada ... Akemi
Mitsuko Mito ... Oko, Matahachi's wife
Eiko Miyoshi ... Osugi, Matahachi's mother
Akihiko Hirata ... Seijuro Yoshioka
Kusuo Abe ... Temma Tsujikaze
Eitarô Ozawa ... Terumasa Ikeda (as Sakae Ozawa)
Akira Tani ... Kawarano-Gonroku
Seijirô Onda ... Chief Official
Fumindo Matsuo ... Petty Official
Masanobu Ôkubo ... Petty Official
Takuzô Kumagai ... Villager
Akira Sera ... Villager
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Villager
Yutaka Sada ... Soldier
Shigeo Katô ... Soldier
Jun'ichirô Mukai ... Soldier
Kiyoshi Kamoda ... Roving Warrior
Michio Sakurai ... Roving Warrior
Gorô Sakurai ... Roving Warrior
Masao Masuda ... Woodcutter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sôjin Kamiyama
Daisuke Katô
Kanta Kisaragi
Yoshio Kosugi

William Holden ... Narrator in original US version (uncredited)

Directed by
Hiroshi Inagaki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hideji Hôjô  play
Hiroshi Inagaki 
Tokuhei Wakao 
Eiji Yoshikawa  novel

Produced by
Robert B. Homel .... producer (US version)
Kazuo Takimura .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ikuma Dan 
 
Cinematography by
Jun Yasumoto 
 
Film Editing by
Robert B. Homel (original US version)
Eiji Ooi  (as Hideshi Ohi)
 
Art Direction by
Makoto Sono 
 
Production Management
Hidehisa Kuda .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jun Fukuda .... chief assistant director
 
Art Department
Kisaku Ito .... consultant
 
Sound Department
Chôshichirô Mikami .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shôji Kameyama .... lighting technician
Shigeru Mori .... lighting technician
 
Other crew
Minoru Sakamoto .... assistant: Robert Homel (US version)
Minoru Sakamoto .... translator: English (US version)
 
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Also Known As:
"Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto" - , USA (DVD title)
"Musashi Miyamoto" - USA (video title)
"Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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93 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A milestone in Japanese postwar social development., 29 June 2009
Author: foxfirebrand from United States

The importance of the Miyamo Musashi saga has been lost somewhat today, even in Japan. These were not just early high-quality color samurai movies, not just great films-- they were a nationwide event, and a milestone in Japanese social evolution. The early 50s were a time of postwar healing, and there were unsettled questions about the national character. The Miyamo Musashi saga used the past to dramatize issues of morality-- and, even more important at the time, morale. Japan had no problem westernizing and living under the rule of law under terms imposed by victors in war-- the knotty issue was, how much of the past do we keep alive in our daily thoughts and actions, and just how much of the real Japan, the one we remember, will our children and grandchildren inherit, once the aftermath of global war has subsided? Watch these films with such then-important issues in mind, and your experience will be deepened and enriched. All three episodes are directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and star Toshiro Mifune as Miyamoto-san, in a performance that is perfection. Miyamoto Musashi shows the young samurai aspirant as a hot-headed, imperfect man, neither hero nor monster-- but possessed of a fierce dark force that could impel him toward either outcome. The question of women looms large in this trilogy-- how to treat them, what kind of woman to honor and what kind to avoid, and just how the diametrically-opposite traits of women work in the world, whether at odds or in harmony with those of men. All these issues are played out without preachiness, in the actions of real people, well-drawn characters whom we meet and get to know before the episode ends in a series of parting of ways. (continued on the page for Ichijoji no Ketto)

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