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Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô
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Release Date:
20 October 1967 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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
 
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Tukuho Gosai .... choreographer
Yoshio Sugino .... choreographer
 
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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
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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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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14 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Predictable and melodramatic, 16 April 2004
Author: frojavigdis from Pacific Northwest

I've watched the entire trilogy of the Musashi Miyamoto films, of which this film is the second part. The first film, titled simply "Musashi Miyamoto," introduces us to the characters of this and the third film. Without having seen the first film and developing some interest in the welfare of the characters, I certainly wouldn't have sat through the second and third films.

"Duel at Ichijoji Temple," this film, deals with Musashi's exploits as a sort of samurai knight-errant, seeking glory in a very ambiguous and roundabout way. Two women are trailing after him, as Kurosawa films would say, "like goldfish dung." Musashi himself is a flat character on whom Toshiro Mifune's acting skills are wasted. He displays very little emotion or intellect, despite his supposed interest in one of the women and enlightening education by his monk teacher (as we saw in the first film).

If Musashi is flat, the female characters are steamrolled. Their hand wringing, collapsing, and sobbing is typical of American movies of this time period and grows tedious in a samurai film. Having seen other films from this time period set in the days of samurai, I've seen that much more can be done with female characters. The plot was likewise predictable and slow-moving.

If you don't care about characters or plot, the high points of the movie may compensate: beautiful color landscapes and Toshiro Mifune's thrilling fight scenes. Otherwise, I recommend films by Kurosawa or Mizoguchi ("Sanjuro," the mysterious "Ugetsu") over this trilogy. 5/10

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