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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Tsuruta ...
Kaoru Yachigusa ...
Michiko Saga ...
Mariko Okada ...
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 ...
Nakajirô Tomita
Sônosuke Sawamura


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 <>

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The final duel is fought as the sun sets over the sea. The duellists have light on the sides of their bodies away from the sun - Sasaki has light on his back and Miyamoto light on his face See more »


Musashi Miyamoto: Brace up, Akemi.
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Referenced in Deadball (2011) See more »

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Such a lovely film
25 March 2007 | by (new mexico) – See all my reviews

The Samurai series is one of my favorites. Toshiro Mifune is by far one of the most classic and amazing Japanese actors of the screen, and he outdoes himself in the Samurai series. The colors, the settings of these films are amazing, and part III, with it's wonderful dual at Ganryu Island, is by far one of the most well-planned and conducted films in history. If you have not seen this series, you need to; it need not matter if you are a Samurai film junkie or just a cinemaphile, you will enjoy the subtle touches that make this one of the finest trilogies in film.

I'd also suggest seeing Yojimbo, Sanjuro and of course the Seven Samurai; other great titles are "The sleepy eyes of death" and The Lone Wolf and Cub series.

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