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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)

Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Biography | November 1967 (USA)
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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Omitsu
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Sado Nagaoka the court official
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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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Musashi arrives at Ganryu Island by boat, and we see it as he wades to shore. After the duel, we see it out in the surf as he wades back. During the duel, however, it is completely absent. See more »

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Musashi Miyamoto: Brace up, Akemi.
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Brace up, Akemi.
18 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was, by far the best of the trilogy and a fine ending. It had less Samurai action that the other two, but it was much more inspiring.

Kojiro (Koji Tsuruta) thought himself the best in the land and sought a duel with Musashi (Toshirô Mifune). But Musashi wanted to devote his life to becoming a better person. he went back to the land that he rejected and became a farmer.

In the meantime, both Otsu (Kaoru Yachigusa) and Akemi (Mariko Okada) managed to find him. Can you imagine that scene? Feeling rejected, Akemi is made to betray Musashi to the brigands. The effort fails and Musashi accepts the duel with Kojiro.

The duel itself was magnificent but short. It was a fitting end to a film that featured outstanding cinematography and a compelling story of the drive to perfection.


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