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Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
"Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô" (original title)

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After years on the road establishing his reputation as Japan's greatest Samurai, Takezo returns to Kyoto. Otsu waits for him, yet he has come not for her but to challenge the leader of the ... See full summary »

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After years on the road establishing his reputation as Japan's greatest Samurai, Takezo returns to Kyoto. Otsu waits for him, yet he has come not for her but to challenge the leader of the region's finest school for Kendo. To prove his valor and skill, he walks deliberately into ambushes set up by the school's followers. While Otsu waits, Akemi also seeks him, expressing her desires directly. Meanwhile, Takezo is observed by Sasaki Kojiro, a brilliant young fighter, confident he can dethrone Takezo. After leaving Kyoto in triumph, Takezo declares his love for Otsu, but in a way that dishonors her and shames him. Once again, he leaves alone. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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12 February 2006 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

'Ichijouji no ketto' takes up the transformation of Musashi into a proper samurai and feels like an empty middle part just for tying the trilogy together.

Musashi is here torn between becoming a true samurai and the woman that loves him, Otsu. That is, he doesn't seem to care the slightest bit for Otsu, while she on the other hand is painstakingly waiting for his return. She is portrayed as being very weak, which annoyed me.

What the prequel had in adventure and excitement is not present in this movie, its more about the ideas of the samurai and samurai thought. Toshiro Mifune gets a shallow character so he cant help it much with his presence. The fight scenes are good though.


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