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The Samurai Trilogy Box Set

Released on 08 November 2004

Featuring: Toshiro Mifune, Akihiko Hirata & Rentaro Mikuni

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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The Samurai Trilogy is based around the life of the historical character Musashi Miyamoto. Born around 1584, he perfected the technique of two sword fighting, as well as developing into a considerable Zen black ink artist. Having fought his first duel at the age of thirteen, he was involved in 60 other engagements before his death in 1645.

Musashi Miyamoto: The first episode of the trilogy covers Miyamoto's formative years, as he emerges from rural obscurity to search for fame and glory in civil war, but returns home a broken man. Brought back to sanity through the love of a warm hearted girl, she persuades him to place himself under the spiritual guidance of an unorthodox Buddhist priest. His methods of teaching the ways of enlightenment would make the fiercest of Zen masters seem positively gentle. Gaining in spiritual stature and insight, Miyamoto is forced to choose between settling for domestic happiness or continuing his search for perfection in the art of the sword.

Several versions of Miyamoto's life have been produced for cinema and television in Japan, but none more prestigious than Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1955, this first film in the trilogy was also Toho's first foray into colour.

Duel At Ichijoji Temple: At first a contemptuous wanderer whose only interest is to prove his prowess against the best Japan has to offer, Miyamoto is brought to understand that mastery of the sword is mastery of the self. Along the way, he moves from casually committing slaughter to adopting a more compassionate and merciful view of his fellow warriors...

Duel At Ganryu Island: His destiny continues to pursue him! Settling down to a life on the land in a peasant village, Miyamoto is drawn into protecting the villagers against marauding bandits. And beyond this battle lies the ultimate contest with the driven and obsessive Kojuo Sasaki. The epic closes in a stunning sunset duel...
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ActorsToshiro Mifune, Akihiko Hirata, Rentaro Mikuni, Kaoru Yachigusa, Kuroemon Onoe, Mariko Okada, Eiko Miyoshi, Mitsuko Mito, Koji Tsurata, Kaoru Yachigusa & Michiko Saga
DirectorHiroshi Inagaki
Year1954, 1955, 1956
LanguagesJapanese - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
Duration5 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.