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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific - as you might expect
A classic film from a classic book. Read the book if you can but you must also see the film. You'll never think of Musashi, Japan's greatest swordsman, again without picturing the equally great Toshiro Mifune. The film begins with the rebellious Musashi going off to war and glory, being reformed by a priest and eventually becoming the master of the sword through duels,...
Published on 26 Jun 2004 by Dandeleo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Warrior, but without a reference manual
The visual artistry of this film is stunning, wide shots of rural Japan which give a rich texture to the fine acting. However the story, so well known in Japan, is sadly not transferred to cinema in such a convincing way.
Understanding the sometimes 'Olympic jumps' within the story or characters behaviour requires a degree in media studies or the full reading of the...
Published on 22 Nov 2003 by dave4317


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warrior, but without a reference manual, 22 Nov 2003
This review is from: Musashi Miyamoto [DVD] (DVD)
The visual artistry of this film is stunning, wide shots of rural Japan which give a rich texture to the fine acting. However the story, so well known in Japan, is sadly not transferred to cinema in such a convincing way.
Understanding the sometimes 'Olympic jumps' within the story or characters behaviour requires a degree in media studies or the full reading of the book first. This is a good example of the 'chambara' genera of Japanese films. But I for one grow tired of this struggle to be pure, clean violence, with no blood, severed limbs or even scenes of agony; Kurosawa lampooned these films so well in Sanjuro, and compared any of Kurosawa's Black & White work, or Kobanashi’s thoughtful compositions, I find Inagaki's colourful drama a pale substitute.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific - as you might expect, 26 Jun 2004
This review is from: Musashi Miyamoto [DVD] (DVD)
A classic film from a classic book. Read the book if you can but you must also see the film. You'll never think of Musashi, Japan's greatest swordsman, again without picturing the equally great Toshiro Mifune. The film begins with the rebellious Musashi going off to war and glory, being reformed by a priest and eventually becoming the master of the sword through duels, battles, and a little thinking. Along the way is a tangled love triangle, implaccable bad guys, a fencing school with besmirched honour, and photography to fit the epic scale. Watch this and you will have to see the next part of the series, because you will want to know how the duel between Musashi and his equal turns out.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film adaptation of a great novel, 9 July 2003
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This is the first part of director Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy, an adaptation of Eiji Yoshikawa magnificent 1000 page novel Musashi which sold over 120 million copies in Japan. It won the academy award for best foreign movie in 1954. It's filmed in glorious Eastmancolor and shot, for the most part in the japanese landscape. Set in 1600 A.D., in a civil war period, Musashi relates the first years of samurai apprenticeship of Takezo who, with his friend, Matahachi, decides to go to war in order to obtain fame.
If you decide to get this film you should really get all three films (Musashi, Duel at Ichijoji temple, & Duel at Ganryu Island) as they form a complete set.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars as imagined, 29 Dec 2001
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i read the book "Musashi" first and saw the film much later..
well... i was not disappointed.
Mifune plays Musashi as if he were the famous japanese swordsman incarnate and i could not imagine another actor playing him better..
i think its one of his best films next to yojimbo and 7 samurai... and if i remember it correctly this film won the acadamy award for the best foreign film 1955
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Samurai Epic, 20 July 2001
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This review is from: Musashi Miyamoto [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The first movie in the trilogy about Miyamoto Musashi gives a colorful and often hauntingly beautiful vision of 16th century Japan. Toshiro Mifune is impeccable in the lead role and, as always, acts out with his entire body and arsenal of emotions. In contrast with the samurai-character portrayed by Mifune in Yojimbo, Sanjuro and Ambush at Bloodpass Musashi is less cynical. Musashi is constantly at war with the world, and in the end himself, struggling to achieve his destiny. Miyamoto Musashi became in the end one of Japan's most renowned warriors and killed over 60 opponents in single combat. Musashi wrote a book about "the Way of the Sword" called Go Rin No Sho - The Book of Five Rings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like they used to..., 23 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Musashi Miyamoto [DVD] (DVD)
...but films and actors like these make me wish they would! A young man comes of age in a time when life was much more brutal but also much simpler. He learns about honour, life, love, and self in a way which would probably make mincemeat of today's tender youth and yet you can appreciate how Takezo and his friend Matahachi weren't all that different from any young man from any age -- full of testosterone, bored, angry at the world or afraid of it, looking for adventure or any other thing to define themselves. Parts of the film were quite dark literally, and it was hard to make out what was going on, but I guess it's all part and parcel of the experience. I haven't read the book, but I have seen Toshiro Mifune in a couple of films before. He does the job here admirably, and -- may I say -- is pretty HOT.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars musashi mayamoto, 16 May 2003
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very good film with lots of action, staring my hero Toshiro Mifune playing another legend 'Mayamoto Musashi'
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