Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the ... See full summary »
Like a "guilty pleasure" show but without the guilt
Many years ago, when I was a teen or perhaps a little younger, I recall getting "stuck on" a subtitled, serial version of Miyamoto Musashi which was being broadcast locally at about the time I got home from school. It was fascinating in a way that I don't remember anything before catching my attention. Without any studying, I was picking up hints and concepts of foreign cultures, history, ethics, philosophy ... and just enough swordplay to hold a teen's interest. I recall telling my friends about it, laughingly calling it a "Samurai Soap Opera" and getting a few of them hooked as well.
So far, I have seen only perhaps eight episodes, but it took me several of those to be sure it wasn't the same show. I'm no authority on feudal Japan, what scenes should look like, how people interacted, but this show, along with some of what little I've learned of the Musashi legend in the decades since watching the earlier show, leads me to feel that I'm learning things about human nature, motivation, and all those other things, while being entertained by believable characters, a time-tested story, and the occasional bout of almost-believable swordplay.
Some of my feelings for this new show are probably nostalgia for the time when I watched the other, but still I find it highly entertaining, and perhaps even a little enlightening. And that's a rare find in a television show.
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