The Samurai Trilogy, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune, was one of Japan's most successful exports of the 1950s, a rousing, emotionally gripping tale of combat and self-discovery. Based on a novel that's often called Japan's Gone with the Wind, this sweeping saga fictionalizes the life of the legendary seventeenth-century swordsman (and writer and artist) Musashi Miyamoto, following him on his path from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. With these three films 1954's Oscar-winning Musashi Miyamoto, 1955's Duel at Ichijoji Temple, and 1956's Duel at Ganryu Island - Inagaki created a passionate epic that's equal parts tender love story and bloody action. SAMURAI I - MUSASHI MIYAMATO WINNER Best Foreign Language Film, 28th Annual Academy Awards-« The Samurai Trilogy is the epic true story of legendary seventeenth Century swordsman Musashi Miyamoto. The first installment follows the young Musashi on his quest for enlightenment. Faced with military defeat, Musashi is befriended by a woman and a mysterious priest who help him to walk the path of the Samurai. SAMURAI II - DUEL AT ICHIJOJI TEMPLE Part two sees Musashi Miyamoto mature from a cynical wanderer into one of Japan's finest swordsmen. When Mushashi challenges a fencing school to prove his prowess, he begins to learn that mastery of the sword is also mastery of the self. SAMURAI III - DUEL AT GANRYU ISLAND The final instalment follows the hero Musashi Miyamoto on his quest for enlightenment. Renouncing his samurai skills in favour of a search for inner peace, Musashi is drawn into protecting a village from violent bandits. Followed by the obsessive swordsman Kojiro, the final duel at sunset on Ganryu Island is one of the most beautiful and bloody finales ever filmed.
The Samurai Trilogy
The Oscar winning tale of history's greatest ever swordsman