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Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)

Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Biography | 20 October 1967 (USA)
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.

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Hiroshi Inagaki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Kôji Tsuruta Kôji Tsuruta ... Kojiro Sasaki
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Akemi
Kaoru Yachigusa Kaoru Yachigusa ... Otsu
Michiyo Kogure ... Dayu Yoshino
Mitsuko Mito ... Oko, Akemi's mother
Akihiko Hirata ... Seijuro Yoshioka
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Toji Gion
Kurôemon Onoe Kurôemon Onoe ... Priest Takuan
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Matahachi Honiden
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Denshichiro Yoshioka
Machiko Kitagawa Machiko Kitagawa ... Kogure
Eiko Miyoshi Eiko Miyoshi ... Osugi, Matahachi's mother
Eijirô Tôno ... Baiken Shishido
Kenjin Iida Kenjin Iida ... Jotaro
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Storyline

After years on the road establishing his reputation as Japan's greatest Samurai, Takezo returns to Kyoto. Otsu waits for him, yet he has come not for her but to challenge the leader of the region's finest school for Kendo. To prove his valor and skill, he walks deliberately into ambushes set up by the school's followers. While Otsu waits, Akemi also seeks him, expressing her desires directly. Meanwhile, Takezo is observed by Sasaki Kojiro, a brilliant young fighter, confident he can dethrone Takezo. After leaving Kyoto in triumph, Takezo declares his love for Otsu, but in a way that dishonors her and shames him. Once again, he leaves alone. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel at Ichijoji Temple See more »

Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The levels of water and the mud in the rice paddies at Ichijoji Temple vary between shots. See more »

Quotes

Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo): Will you kindly refresh my unclean soul?
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Cliché, redundant...really needs a remake.
29 December 2008 | by $kOrPiOnNeGrOSee all my reviews

OK. First of all, I am huge Toshiro Mifune fan. I am also a huge...and I mean huge Musashi fan. And lastly I have seen plenty of Samurai films. But I have watched Samurai 2: Ichijôji no kettô twice now, and I just can't stomach it. It is perhaps one of the most clichéd samurai films I have ever seen. The story seems to be based on the mystical Miyamoto Musashi, rather than a more realistic character. In addition, there is so much thick, syrupy melodrama and love triangles that it really hinders the story from flowing well. Not to mention it often takes away energy from some of the action scenes.

Mifune really makes this film bearable. Koji Tsuruta as Kojiro Sasaki is also outstanding and commands plenty of respect on screen. However, some of the other actors are mediocre at best.

There is much to be said about old Samurai cinema, and the way they glorified and really elevated these noblest of warriors. But Ichijôji no kettô just covers it in a thick melodramatic goo and wraps it in toilet paper.

In addition, the film has very bad lighting, plenty of anachronisms, continuity problems and poor editing. Once again, Toshiro Mifune as Miyamoto Musashi is my personal hero, Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior...but was there ever! a less fitting movie for this cinematic giant.

RE-MAKE!


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