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Japan action 1955 color 102 min.
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
CLV: $49.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # CC1329L

DVD: $29.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # SAM110

VHS: available from Home Vision Cinema

"Crystal clarity of sound ... when a grunt, a yell, a scream or a swoosh of the sword is executed, the viewer could end up hiding behind the couch. A film buff's treasure." -Dan Bennett, San Diego Blade-Citizen

These three rip-roaring movies feature exciting stories and lightning-fast swordplay. Hiroshi Inagaki's acclaimed Samurai Trilogy is based on the novel that has been called Japan's Gone with the Wind. This sweeping saga of the legendary 17th-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto, powerfully portrayed by Toshiro Mifune, plays out against the turmoil of a devestating civil war. The Trilogy (whose first part won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film) follows Musashi's odyssey from unruly youth to enlightened warrior.

In the second and most violent part, Duel at Ichijoji Temple, Musashi beats a samurai armed with a chain-and-sickle and is later set upon by eighty samurai disciples-orchestrated by the sinister Kojiro-while the two women who love him watch helplessly.

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