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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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During the fight at the shore (in the evening) the sun is shown in a higher position, after having almost sunken in the sea. See more »

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Otsu: Brace up, Akemi.
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Best Fight Scene in the Trilogy
12 December 2002 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

The concluding chapter to Inagaki's Samurai trilogy sees Mifune's Musashi evolve even further, turning into a true samurai, almost reluctant to draw his sword and rejecting violence whenever possible. This film also introduces some comic relief within his two companions, the addition quite successful rather than feeling like an afterthought (proving than "funny" characters can actually help the plot rather than only hinder it: remember Jar Jar?). A lot goes on in this movie, and the pacing of it is expertly handled: no scene is too long or too short and the characters are given enough time to evolve without boring us. What really makes this worth watching, though, is the climatic fight at the end. Beautifully shot, masterfully executed, one of the best moments of Japanese cinema. In all, the trilogy deserves its status as a masterpiece!


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