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Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima
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November 1967 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Hiroshi Inagaki 
 
Writing credits
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Hideji Hôjô  play
Hiroshi Inagaki 
Tokuhei Wakao 
Eiji Yoshikawa  novel

Produced by
Kazuo Takimura .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ikuma Dan 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Yamada 
 
Film Editing by
Kôichi Iwashita  (as Hirokazu Iwashita)
 
Production Design by
Kisaku Ito 
 
Production Management
Hideyuki Suga .... production manager
 
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Jun Fukuda .... chief assistant director
 
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Hiroshi Ueda .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Masanobu Miyazaki .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tsuruzô Nishikawa .... lighting technician
 
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Also Known As:
"Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima" - Japan (original title)
"Bushido" - USA
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105 min | Spain:115 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Continuity: 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.See more »
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Referenced in The Karate Kid (1984)See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An epic finale for a masterpiece trilogy, 27 June 2001
Author: julienboulard from Paris, France

This is the 3rd and last episode of the "Miyamoto Musashi" or also called "Samourai" trilogy, from director Inagaki with famous Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. The 1st episode having won the 1956 Oscar award of best foreign movie ! Inagaki's directing is refined and perfect, scenery is beautiful especially the sunset duel, choreography of combats is marvellous. Inagaki's directing and Mifune's great acting bring life to Musashi's legend and depict him with a lot of humanity.

This episode has the most significance for Japanese with the famous combat between Miyamoto Mifune, invincible samourai of more than 60 duels armed with a wooden sword, and Sasaki Kojiro, most formidable adversary and skillful swordsman armed with an extremely long sword, on the beach of Ganryu Island at sunset. The trilogy shows the life of Japan's most famous samourai and one of it's main philosopher, with the "Gorin-no-sho" treaty of 5 rings, with his sword techniques and Budhism life philosophy. In summary, the 1st episode is how he becomes an adult man, the 2nd how he becomes an invincible swordsman and the 3rd how he becomes a legend. Subplots being his relationship with Otsu who sacrifices her life for Musashi.

This trilogy is among Japan's two samourai masterpieces with Kurosawa's "Seven Samurais", mainly because of the directing/acting and Musashi's aura. Other Must-see Sword movies are recent movie Gohatto (or Tabou, 1999), Kurosawa's "Ame agaru" (After the rain, 1999), "Yojimbo" (The bodyguard) and "Sugata Sanshiro" (The Judo saga).

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