Yagyu Sekishusai is a consumate swordsman teaching the Yagyu Shinkage style of fencing from his family dojo. His ambition has always been to achieve fame for the Yagyu clan. His son ...
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Yagyu Sekishusai is a consumate swordsman teaching the Yagyu Shinkage style of fencing from his family dojo. His ambition has always been to achieve fame for the Yagyu clan. His son Munenori hangs around with the local ninja children and frequently avoids practice to do so. As a result, the father considers the son to be weak and is harsh and disparaging both in training and personal life. After Munenori's older brother is injured during the Battle of Sekigahara, Sekishusai decides to name his grandson Hyogonosuke as his successor as head of the Yagyu Shinkage school, considering Munenori to be unworthy of the position. Munenori witnesses his 'mutodori' technique of unarmed combat against a weapon-bearing opponent & then sets out to develop his own style based not on the desire to kill but to defend one's self. He becomes a master in his own right while forming a strong alliance with the Tokugawa who ascend to take power in the land. Munenori becomes a highly-placed key vassal for the...
When it comes to a cool subject for a 12 episode mini-series, Three Generations of the Yagyu Sword has to be up there with the best. The focus of the series are the contrasts between the outlooks of the fathers and sons from Sekishusai to Munenori & Munenori to Jubei. The series begins with Sekishusai in charge of his own dojo teaching the Yagyu Shinkage Ryu or 'Yagyu New Shadow School' of swordsmanship. He is harsh on his son Munenori who develops his own style, even learning and improving the Yagyu secret art of 'mutodori' an empty hand technique used for defense against an armed opponent. It is under Munenori that the Yagyu become intertwined with the Tokugawa dynasty of shoguns that brought an end to the Warring States Period in 17th century Japan. His involvement in politics and harsh approach to the subjugation of other clans considered to be a threat to the shogunate is disliked by his own son Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi who goes his own way both philosophically and as a martial artist. Jubei is universally portrayed throughout jidai geki TV shows as one of Japan's greatest ever swordsmen and it is no different here. This is a brilliant, engaging and entertaining series that should not be missed by fans of the genre.
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