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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
"Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima" (original title)

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Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.

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Kôji Tsuruta ...
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Kaoru Yachigusa ...
Michiko Saga ...
Omitsu
Mariko Okada ...
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Sado Nagaoka the court official
Minoru Chiaki ...
Sasuke the boatman
Takamaru Sasaki ...
Omitsu's father
Daisuke Katô ...
Haruo Tanaka ...
Kumagoro the horse thief
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Priest Ogon
Kuninori Kôdô ...
Ikio Sawamura ...
Innkeeper
Nakajirô Tomita
Sônosuke Sawamura
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A humble and simple Takezo abandons his life as a knight errant. He's sought as a teacher and vassal by Shogun, Japan's most powerful clan leader. He's also challenged to fight by the supremely confident and skillful Sasaki Kojiro. Takezo agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time but rejects Shogun's patronage, choosing instead to live on the edge of a village, raising vegetables. He's followed there by Otsu and later by Akemi, both in love with him. The year ends as Takezo assists the villagers against a band of brigands. He seeks Otsu's forgiveness and accepts her love, then sets off across the water to Ganryu Island for his final contest. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In one shot as he is rowed away, the background behind Miyamoto does not move as the boat moves. See more »

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Musashi Miyamoto: Brace up, Akemi.
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Version of Kanketsu Sasaki Kojirô: Ganryû-jima kettô (1951) See more »

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Great story, great duel, great finish
31 July 2004 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

Samurai III: Duel on Ganryu Island is the closing film of Inagaki's Samurai trilogy, the story of Musashi Miyamoto (Mifune). It is one of the best samurai films on its own and has the advantage of having the characters' history established in the first two films of the trilogy. This film abounds in good characters: Musashi's two disciples, a young boy and a horse trader, who exchange good natured barbs and loyally support Musashi; the two women in Musashi's life, good girl Otsu and bad girl Akemi; the brigand leader and his henchman, who was formerly Akemi's stepfather; and of course, Musashi's nemesis, Kojiro Sasaki, who is outstanding in both this film and Samurai II. Kojiro is actually a more interesting character than Musashi and reminds me of Tatsuya Nakadai's performance in Sword of Doom. The climactic duel on the beach with the rising sun in the background is amazing. Side note: This film has four of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai actors: Mifune, Shimura, Kato and Chiaki. See the whole trilogy.


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