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Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at Ichijyo-ji Temple (1964)

Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 1 January 1964 (Japan)
In the fourth installment, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent Kojiro jumps in and out of the story at the oddest and most coincidental moments. As his great love Otsu has succumbed to ... See full summary »

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Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Miyamoto Musashi (Takezo)
Wakaba Irie ... Otsu
Isao Kimura ... Hon'iden Matahachi
Chieko Naniwa ... Grandmother Osugi
Mitsuru Takeuchi ... Jotaro
Satomi Oka ... Akemi
Shinjirô Ebara ... Seijuro Yoshioka (as Shinjirô Ehara)
... Yoshioka Denshichiro
... Sasaki Kojiro
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ... Kichijiro Hayashi
Kei Tani ... Akakabe Yasoba
Kusuo Abe ... Fuchikawa Goroku
Chieko Higashiyama ... Strange Beauty
... Haiya
Masao Oda ... Kichin Innkeeper
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In the fourth installment, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent Kojiro jumps in and out of the story at the oddest and most coincidental moments. As his great love Otsu has succumbed to madness. Musashi then sets off to beat the functionaries of a treacherous clan in an arranged duel. 73 against one. Boastful Kojiro watches, secure in the knowledge that only he is a worthy opponent. Written by Anonymous

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Fourth in the series
23 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Even less action than the previous episode, but more watchable. Quite a lot of plot and story development instead of action, which paradoxically makes the story more involved and patchy. Again, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent Kojiro jumps in and out of the story at the oddest and most coincidental moments. Musashi's great love Otsu has succumbed to madness, but she actually gets a love scene with him near the end. Yes indeed, like many Japanese men, MM is awkward at expressing love for women, and is far more comfortable expressing love for the young boy who idolizes and follows him. However, in an anguished short scene, MM confesses his love for Otsu, who then asks to be regarded as his wife. MM then sets off to beat the functionaries of a treacherous clan in an arranged duel. 73 against one. Boastful Kojiro watches, secure in the knowledge that only he is a worthy opponent.

I found this episode quite rewarding, though I think this is only because I was able to watch the whole series basically back to back.

A word about the fight scenes. The fights in this ep are pretty odd. They consist mostly of MM slashing people once then running away, especially in the final scene. Doesn't look very heroic to me !


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