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Miyamoto Musashi II: Duel at Hannya Hill (1962)

Miyamoto Musashi: Hannyazaka no kettô (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 November 1962 (Japan)
The remake of Yoshikawa's novel continues with the second installment in which Takezo, soon to be Miyamoto Musashi, emerges from the Himeji Castle after three years of intense contemplation... See full summary »

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Tomu Uchida

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Naoyuki Suzuki (adaptation), Tomu Uchida (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kinnosuke Nakamura Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Miyamoto Musashi (Takezo)
Wakaba Irie Wakaba Irie ... Otsu
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Hon'iden Matahachi
Chieko Naniwa Chieko Naniwa ... Grandmother Osugi
Kusuo Abe Kusuo Abe ... Fuchikawa Goroku
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Muneaki Takuan
Michiyo Kogure ... Okou
Satomi Oka Satomi Oka ... Akemi
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Terumasa Ikeda
Shinjirô Ebara Shinjirô Ebara ... Seijuro Yoshioka (as Shinjirô Ehara)
Chôichirô Kawarasaki Chôichirô Kawarasaki ... Kichijiro Hayashi
Hiroshi Minami Hiroshi Minami ... Fujitsugu Gion
Ryôsuke Kagawa Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Naota Ryohei
Kazutarô Kuni Kazutarô Kuni ... Yokoyama Kansuke
Mitsuru Takeuchi Mitsuru Takeuchi ... Jotaro
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The remake of Yoshikawa's novel continues with the second installment in which Takezo, soon to be Miyamoto Musashi, emerges from the Himeji Castle after three years of intense contemplation and philosophical study and starting on his epic quest to complete his skill in the Way. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 November 1962 (Japan) See more »

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Followed by Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at Ichijyo-ji Temple (1964) See more »

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The best in the five-part series
11 September 2004 | by cs-37See all my reviews

I felt that this was the best one in the series. After seeing the three-part "Samurai" series with Mifune Toshiro I was disappointed that its second installment, Duel at Ichijoji Temple, missed a lot of elements and side-stories that Yoshikawa Eiji covered. This version, however, covers a lot of these elements. In fact, I was surprised by all the elements that were there. So much that it takes three installments to cover what Yoshikawa has in Books II, III, and IV; whereas Inagaki covers those books in one installment and thus misses a lot of character development, which is, of course, necessary to seeing the development of Musashi.

The movie continues from where the first one set out with Takezo, soon to be Miyamoto Musashi, leaving Himeji Castle and starting on his epic quest to complete his skill in the Way. The story of the Yoshioka school is developed (which leads to the two duels and finally, at the fourth installment, the duel at Ichijoji - which does have Musashi fight the 12-13 year old Yoshioka figurehead - an element left out of the Inagaki trilogy).

I was really happy with the way they did this second installment. The introduction of Sasaki Kojiro, Osugi and Gon's pursuit of Musashi, Akemi and Otsu's desire for Musashi, and the fight with priests of Hozoin - including the duel at Hannyazaka are all the action this installment has to offer, coupled with excellent acting, cinematography, music, and screen writing.

All the movies in the series are very well-done. I cannot recommend seeing this series enough; you will not be disappointed. See also the 2003 miniseries by NHK, called "Musashi" for a forty-nine hour alternative. Overall, 8.5 out of 10.


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