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

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Biography  |  20 October 1967 (USA)
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Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.

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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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In some ways better than its predecessor, but in other ways falls flat
16 September 2014 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

The first Musashi Miyamoto movie was a tremendous hit in North America, but its sequels weren't released there until after ten years had passed. The second movie continues Musashi's search for personal enlightenment, but I consider it to be inferior to the first installment (which was basically just a setup, but an excellent one at that).

The second movie's story is notably more melodramatic and it has too many unnecessary love triangles. All of the characters that are introduced here should had been presented better, as they seem bluntly crammed in.

The visuals are astonishing and far better than in the first movie. The usage of colors is fantastic not only because of the excellent framing and composition, but also because it takes more talent to produce exceptional color shots of towns and populated human environment than of nature. And while it does have a lot of scenes taking place in the forests, Duel at Ichijoji Temple is predominantly an urban movie, especially when compared to its predecessor. The main villains are no longer nameless amateur soldiers and villagers like in the first movie, but instead well- trained swordsmen from a prestige samurai school.

The fight scenes are an improvement over the first film, but not by a long shot. The two most memorable fights are the final one, when Musashi takes on an entire swordfighting school, and the very first one, when he fights a guy with a chain and sickle (this element was refreshed many years later in Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol.1, as the fight between The Bride and Gogo Yubari). However, where Duel at Ichijoji Temple fails is having too many battles set during nighttime, when you can barely see the action happening on-screen.

8,5/10


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