7.5/10
6,998
29 user 31 critic

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)

Miyamoto Musashi (original title)
Trailer
2:51 | Trailer
Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

Director:

Hiroshi Inagaki
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijirô Hira
Machibuse (1970)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sent on a secret mission, a ronin must discover who his friends are and who must die.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûjirô Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Mikijirô Hira, Gô Katô, Shima Iwashita
Goyokin (1969)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa
Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shintarô Katsu, Ayako Wakao
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The film begins when the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is still named Shinmen Takezo. After being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo and his friend manage to escape and come across a young woman and her mother.

Director: Tomu Uchida
Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Akiko Kazami, Wakaba Irie
Chushingura (1962)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Chûsha Ichikawa, Tatsuya Mihashi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Honiden Matahachi
Kurôemon Onoe Kurôemon Onoe ... Takuan Osho
Kaoru Yachigusa ... Otsu
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Akemi
Mitsuko Mito ... Oko, Matahachi's wife
Eiko Miyoshi ... Osugi, Matahachi's mother
Akihiko Hirata ... Seijuro Yoshioka
Kusuo Abe Kusuo Abe ... Temma Tsujikaze
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Terumasa Ikeda (as Sakae Ozawa)
Akira Tani Akira Tani ... Kawarano-Gonroku
Seijirô Onda Seijirô Onda ... Chief Official
Fumindo Matsuo Fumindo Matsuo ... Petty Official
Masanobu Ôkubo Masanobu Ôkubo ... Petty Official
Takuzô Kumagai Takuzô Kumagai ... Villager
Edit

Storyline

Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Musashi Miyamoto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This first entry in the Samurai Trilogy is based on the epic novel Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa, which consists of 7 parts. This film covers the first of the 7 parts, which is just over 10% of the whole epic. See more »

Quotes

Otsu: Takezo-san, both of us are lonely.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a good start to a handsomely done, 'old-school' epic trilogy
20 October 2006 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

I watched the first part of the Musashi Miyamoto trilogy, dubbed simply Samurai 1 on the video, thinking that it might be a lot more stylish &/or violent than I was led to believe. It is the first part, but of the second part it is but only up to a point. This is a 1950s style epic tale through and through, and the violence is done in a kind of sweepingly done style, where it goes by fairly quick, no blood at all, though all the while there's the sense of loss that goes with seeing, for example, the big battle sequence early on. This is a trilogy that I saw long ago, but this one, along with some scenes from 2 and 3, sticks out in my mind to this day. There's a lot of touching care taken in what was Hiroshi Inagaki's power as a filmmaker. Like a Hollywood director actually more than a typical Japanese director, one might say, his take on the legendary samurai Miyamoto is one of reverence but wisdom, of production values of the highest standard (of the studio standard of Toho at the time), with brilliant color photography putting the colors in striking displays throughout at a time when Japan was first getting into it.

If it's less than really great, like a Kurosawa film, it's maybe because Inagaki is a little too comfortable at times with what's 'safe' in the story, particularly with the romance between Takezo/Musashi (Toshiro Mifune) and Otsu (Kaoru Yachigusa). This actually becomes a little more unbelievable at times in parts 2 and 3, but for the sake of its magisterial, dedicated studio roots, it's not that bad, most notably the final scene at the bridge. Some of the plot on the first viewing may not be completely clear, at least through parts of the middle section involving the betrayals and Takezo's friend Matahachi's relationship with Oko. There are one or two really noteworthy supporting performances, like from Mitsuko Mito as Oko. But it's really Mifune's show here, and he plays Takezo in this film like a more naive but still as ambitious and unruly version of his character in Seven Samurai. He's not altogether, but he has it in him to be more, which of course then leads out into the rest of the trilogy. It's one of his better performances outside of his work with Kurosawa, and it gets better as the films go on.

Of course, it's best to start here with Inagaki's passionate, rousing work, and even if it isn't the best of the three it still has its high points. It's a very good example of an 'old-school', big-budget Toho picture with their brand of excitement and romance. If you're thinking it will be as graphic or darkly comic as Kurosawa's films though, it's not really here (though only in little sparks, as is more Inagaki's straghtforward style).


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed