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

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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Kokuten Kôdô ...
Ikio Sawamura ...
Innkeeper
Nakajirô Tomita
Sonosuke 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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A great finale to a mythic trilogy
14 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has been more than a decade since I first and last saw this movie, and it still haunts me. This whole trilogy of films, about two rival samurai in medieval Japan, is mythic. It even inspired me to write a poem-- which I will spare you. It is not just a male flick, either. The sub-plot about Otsu is very romantic, though in a non-feminist, self-sacrificial way. On the other hand, she is the only character who gets what she wants. She just has to wait through three movies to have it. Throughout the trilogy, Mifune plays the famous samurai Musashi Miyamoto who develops from an outlaw wild-man in the first movie to a mystic philosopher in this one. While his rival, Kojiro, possesses consummate skill, Musashi achieves, in this film, a graceful detachment which almost makes him resist the climactic sword fight. But swashbuckler fans need not worry because the final confrontation is spectacular.


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