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5.0 out of 5 stars The middle episode
This is the second part of the Musashi, or Samurai series. Read the book if you can. Musashi grows from being little more than a rebellious bandit to being a thoughtful swordsman looking to test himself and his skills in duels. Along the way is a twisting love triangle, battles with a fencing school (who else could take on eighty fencers at once?), and the emergence of a...
Published on 26 Jun 2004 by Dandeleo

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Kurosawa....
I have no idea why the other reviewers rate this.
If you've read the Go Rin No Sho and are into the deeper end of swordsmanship or really interested in Musashi Miyamoto, or are a Kurosawa fan, .... look elsewhere. This is poor fare. All rather weak, despite Toshiro's best efforts (he's actually very good, despite everything else), and how they injected the ridiculous...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The middle episode, 26 Jun 2004
This review is from: Duel at Ichijoji Temple [DVD] (DVD)
This is the second part of the Musashi, or Samurai series. Read the book if you can. Musashi grows from being little more than a rebellious bandit to being a thoughtful swordsman looking to test himself and his skills in duels. Along the way is a twisting love triangle, battles with a fencing school (who else could take on eighty fencers at once?), and the emergence of a new enemy - a rival with skills equal to Musashi. Toshiro Mifune is, as usual, excellent in his prime role - that of a master swordsman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai Epic, 20 July 2001
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In the second part of the trilogy about Miyamoto Musashi - Duel at Ichijoji Temple - Mifune continues his unparallelled swordsmanship. Musashi has matured and travels as a pilgrime devoted to bushido (the way of the warrior). Musashi's road is beset on all sides by warriors struggling as himself to distinguish themselves. By defeating an entire school of samurai Musashi earns the enmity and envy of every samurai in Japan. Parallell to Musashi's accomplishments we're following the struggles of Sasaki Kojiro to distinguish himself. Friends and enemies from Musashi's past resurfaces and makes life miserable for him. All the killing seems to make Miyamoto Musashi long for some peace and quiet but circumstances and fate has other notions about Musashi's future. The epic battle scenes at Ichijoji temple elevates Musashi accomplishments to myth. Mifune is outstanding, as always, and the director Hiroshi Inagaki use stunning photography to capture the thrilling battlescenes. The colors sometimes reminds me of the techniccolor-era. The high-tension drama in Duel at Ichijoji temple makes this film my favorite in the trilogy about Miyamoto Musashi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than star wars?, 15 Feb 2008
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A really great film that deserves repeated viewing. Holywood take note, this is how to fight scenes that have a real weight of realism behind them! If you want to know more about the films they are simply the basis of the star wars trilogy. Lucas basically ripped off several of these Japanese classics for his plot and charactors. He does get full credit for his imagination though.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Kurosawa...., 24 Mar 2013
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I have no idea why the other reviewers rate this.
If you've read the Go Rin No Sho and are into the deeper end of swordsmanship or really interested in Musashi Miyamoto, or are a Kurosawa fan, .... look elsewhere. This is poor fare. All rather weak, despite Toshiro's best efforts (he's actually very good, despite everything else), and how they injected the ridiculous actor playing Sasaki Kojiro into so many scenes and love trangles, I don't have any idea. If you're desperate and in Cornwall, you can have my copy. There's much better material out there.

Then again, if all it needs is a bloke brandishing a "samurai sword" to add grist to your mill, maybe this is for you. P.s. I also saw the first of the trilogy but will probably give no.3 a miss after this. The book is far better.
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