Hiroshi Inagaki’s Academy Award-winning historical saga follows legendary seventeenth-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro Mifune) from unruly youth to enlightened warrior amidst the turmoil of a devastating civil war.
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The first part of this trilogy was overall enjoyable but I still can't shake how poorly adapted it was from the original novel. I admit that isn't a fair assessment as technically the film is an adaption of the play that was adapted from the text.
This is a good start to the trilogy. If you're new to the Musashi samurai trilogy let this film base your overall appeal of the films. In it you'll see the life of the Japanese legend, Miyamoto Musashi unfold in a dramatic and action based depiction. Well worth seeing!
Kind of a "hidden gem" that is perfectly watchable, although it does fall a bit short at the beginning, only later finding a comfortable pace. It is a nice start to a trilogy, and I look forward to watching the next chapters. Be warned: it is very convenient to know at least a bit about japanese culture, as this film was made mainly for a japanese audience.
I really don't know what to make of this movie. Really it's more like a long introduction than anything else. Since it's the first movie of a trilogy I guess it kinda makes sense, but in that particular case the first part doesn't work as a standalone film. If for some reason you were to watch only this one, you'd get almost nothing out of it.
A story of violence, sex, growth and discipline. An epic tale of personal development. Great lighting design, acting and dialogue, but nowhere near a Kurosowa-level of quality or craftsmanship. Still, fun to watch.