The Samurai Trilogy (1954-56) [Reissue 2012]
3xDVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 4:3 | 302 mins | 21,2 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 1.0 @ 384 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Action, Adventure | The Criterion Collection
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.