An amazing book. Poor film, that really doesn’t stand-up today. Mifune’s performance was average.
Will we ever realise Musashi?
Eiji Yoshikawa’s novel is superb. I’m not familiar enough with contemporary Japanese cinema to know who would be most capable of handling a remake however. Probably not Miike or Miyazaki. What about a Western version?
The book is a guilty pleasure of mine that could probably only be properly done in a television mini-series. I agree the film is poor.
I dont think a western version could cut it. Part of the beauty of Musashi is its setting, and its portrayal of Japan at the time.
I do believe a japanese mini series was made, but again not much cop.
Ken Watanabe could be a candidate, if not too old now to play him…..or maybe Tadanobu Asano?
Which director do you think?
Samurai Trilogy is one of my favorite films. It is a great story,granted some of this epic is over the top, but it is romancing Musashi and the the period.
In the first movie Mifune’s background and personality is similar to his character in Seven Samurai.
There are many classic and memorable characters in the films.
i couldn’t think of anyone who could replace Toshiro then I saw emgenie’s choice as Asano. Maybe him or his “brother” who they ended up battling in the first Mongol film.
I liked the film more than the novel, it was too repetitive.
Nobody can replace Toshiro Mifune and I wouldn’t know who to pick as director.
Uwe boil——steven sagel———nuff said
Bostonluna, did you watch the film first or read the book first?
I wish they would release a remastered version on bluray with commentary from Stephen Prince, so I could re-evaluate this movie.
I watched the movie first. I’ve got a soft spot for Musashi Miyamoto.It started my apprecition of foreign (non-english language) film, in particular Japanese, and film in general. Did not watch many movies before it.