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Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô
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20 October 1967 (USA) See more »
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After years on the road establishing his reputation as Japan's greatest Samurai, Takezo returns to Kyoto... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Hiroshi Inagaki 
 
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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)
"Duel at Ichijoji Temple" - USA
"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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The screening of these 3 films was a national event in the 1950s., 29 June 2009
Author: foxfirebrand from United States

This comment about the "Samurai Trilogy" starts on the page for Miyamoto Musashi (Samurai I). My first viewing of the second episode was memorable because I got to take the train into town all by myself, and view it in a Tokyo theater. The first episode had just been shown on base, in a sort of cultural exchange, and my parents saw it and were pleasantly non-outraged-- I was a 9-year-old samurai-movie addict, and they believed enthusiasm beyond a certain intensity should be curbed. It was the same conflict as comic books some few years earlier. Technicolor was a big deal back then, especially in Japan, and it became the issue on which my viewing of "swordfighting movies" was decided-- the ones in color were historical films worth viewing, and even had something to teach. The black-and-white ones shown in Irumagawa and surrounding villages-- I had to sneak off to see. Ichijoji no Ketto (Duel at Ichijoji Temple) shows Miyamoto-san's achievements, while barring no holds on the issue of what they cost him. The romantic subplot continues, though its development in the western sense (toward union, wedded bliss) is thwarted at every turn. The issue is always a conflict between love and duty, and each deferment of gratification spells out a new step in the redefinition of the national character that is being mapped here. Again, some of the importance of all this is lost, even to modern Japanese audiences for whom the issues are long settled-- at the time, though, they were cliffhangers. A new character is introduced, Kojiro Sasaki who will emerge in part 3 as a rival for Musashi-- his equal except for certain features in their respective character. By the way, the score is excellent and haunting-- it extends like a symphony through all three parts, and has a leitmotif "hook" that will cause your ears to pick up in recognition, perhaps years from now, when you hear it again.

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