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Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô
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20 October 1967 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Hiroshi Inagaki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hideji Hôjô  play
Hiroshi Inagaki 
Tokuhei Wakao 
Eiji Yoshikawa  novel

Produced by
Kazuo Takimura .... producer
Original Music by
Ikuma Dan 
Cinematography by
Jun Yasumoto 
Film Editing by
Eiji Ooi  (as Hideshi Ohi)
Production Design by
Kisaku Ito 
Set Decoration by
Makoto Sono 
Production Management
Boku Morimoto .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jun Fukuda .... chief assistant director
Art Department
Kisaku Ito .... consultant
Sound Department
Chôshichirô Mikami .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Shigeru Mori .... lighting technician
Other crew
Tukuho Gosai .... choreographer
Yoshio Sugino .... choreographer
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô" - Japan (original title)
"Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple" - International (English title) (alternative title), USA (video title)
"Samurai (Part II)" - USA
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104 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Continuity: The levels of water and the mud in the rice paddies at Ichijoji Temple vary between shots.See more »
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »


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In some ways better than its predecessor, but in other ways falls flat, 16 September 2014
Author: mevmijaumau from Croatia

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.


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