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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

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:

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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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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #15. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo): Otsu. I want to be with you, too. While traveling these months, I've missed you so much. I dreamt of you every night on the road. I'd like to settle down with you somewhere in the mountains. The old Takezo would do so.
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Musashi Miyamoto gives up women forever.
11 October 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

The great cast that was in Musashi Miyamoto, the first part of this samurai trilogy continues in the second part with a few additions.

By this time Musashi Miyamoto has been on the road for three years and is still learning. The most important lesson as a Samurai will not be learned until the film is almost over. Another important lesson comes quickly after that, and it will interesting to see how it plays out in the final part.

In the opening Musashi Miyamoto is doing battle with a samurai similar to our buddy Hanzo. They are the only two I have ever seen use chains.

After this he heads to Kyoto to do battle with the best in the capital, and also to get himself mixed up with the two women who are in love with him.

Love, fickleness, treachery, rape, revenge, honor, and great sword fighting all have a place in this magnificent film.

The amazing cinematography and scenery also place an important part.

This is truly a samurai classic.


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