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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 Itô 
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 Itô .... 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)
"Duel at Ichijoji Temple" - USA
"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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Light, Fleeting Lectures on an Overly-Familiar Theme, 29 May 2014
Author: Sean Lamberger from Bradenton, FL

The follow-up to 1954's excellent Musashi Miyamoto, Duel at Ichijoji Temple picks up the story several years later, as an exiled orphan-turned-swordsman gains notoriety via a bloody tour of fatal duels. His reputation precedes him in returning to his hometown, where old rivals of both a violent and intimate nature await. This is a film about personal growth - specifically that of the samurai himself, who struggles to learn the key concepts of what his new life actually entails and where the rift lies between honor and reverence. We're never quite sure if Musashi takes this lesson to heart, particularly since he's so keen to maintain an impenetrable outer facade in almost every situation. It's a tricky role for period veteran Toshiro Mifune, who struggles with the more nuanced, flatter aspects of the character. In the previous episode, with the fires of young-adulthood to toy with, he excelled. Here, faced with the malaise of mid-life and the accompanying questions of his own being, his performance is far less sublime. The plot, cramped with too many faces and several seemingly-pointless subplots, does him no favors in dancing around the issues and repeating itself on more than one occasion. This could have been an excellent one-act show, and the final half-hour could still stand alone as precisely that. It lacks the gumption of its predecessor, however, and too often cuts away just as the action is getting good.

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