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Release Date:
18 November 1955 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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This review is for at least the first two films of the Samurai Trilogy, and for the third installment unless my opinion of that is different See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Toshirô Mifune ... Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Rentarô Mikuni ... Honiden Matahachi
Kurôemon 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:
"Miyamoto Musashi" - Japan (original title)
"Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto" - , USA (DVD title)
"Musashi Miyamoto" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
This review is for at least the first two films of the Samurai Trilogy, and for the third installment unless my opinion of that is different, 1 January 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

The Samurai Trilogy is a very good work, very well worth watching. No, they aren't as great as Kurosawa's samurai masterpieces, The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, or Sanjuro, but they are no much less worthy. My only major complaint is that they were filmed in color, which is a lot less good looking and elegant than the black and white of the Kurosawa films. In some scenes, especially those at night, it is very difficult to determine which character is which.

The Samurai Trilogy excels in several aspects. First and foremost, Toshiro Mifune may be the single best actor who ever lived. Sure, he was typecast, but he was great in his roles. There is a huge difference in his acting jobs in these films and Rashomon or The Seven Samurai or Yojimbo and Sanjuro. His character here is very complex. The second reason to watch is for the great secondary characters. They are all quite complex. There will be characters you'll love and long for, and other characters whom you will hope will be killed by Toshiro. These secondary characters are extraordinarily complex at times. Third, watch it for the novelistic unfoldings of the story. Well, it should be novelistic, since all three films were based on a single novel. Don't worry about the three movies repeating in any way. Also, it is a good idea to watch all three in a row (I watched the first two tonight, and plan to watch the third one tomorrow night; hey, it's late!). The story is constantly developing, and you don't want to forget anything. I give each segment of the samurai trilogy a solid 8/10 (unless the third installment is particularly great or awful; i will most likely post a comment for that film by itself).

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