The Samurai Trilogy comes to a gripping conclusion as Musashi (Toshiro Mifune) reunites tragically with the women who love him and battles for samurai supremacy in a climactic confrontation with his lifelong nemesis.
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This is an exciting end to this epic trilogy. Hiroshi Inagaki crafted a very beautiful trilogy with vibrant colors, great actors, and excellent action. Also I cannot stress enough how great Toshiro Mifune is.
This trilogy suffered from melodramatic love stories and poorly written female characters, I suppose Ozu and Mizoguchi have spoiled me. But the stunning cinematography and iconic final duel made this overall fairly competent.
The final duel,is a fitting end to one of the greatest trilogies in World Cinema.Blades flashing in the rising Sun,as the two warriors face each other,man to man!However,Inagaki's trilogy is not just about conflict.Its about honour,doing what is right and love(both requited and unrequited).The misen scene is fabulous and the Eastmancolor is glorious.As for Toshiro Mifune.He proves what a great actor he was.A Classic.
Conclusion to the classic trilogy starring Mifune. I wish I could be more excited by this. But I found the whole thing so incredibly average. The third part is basically a rehash of the second one. I can admit though that as far as style and direction go, the third entry was the strongest. It had beautiful shots and skillful camera movements.
I felt that this was a well deserved ending to the samurai trilogy. The life of Musashi was well adapted into Inagaki's picture. The one regret is that it may have benefited slightly from a few more years of colour technology to develop. But overall it was a beautiful conclusion to the trilogy.