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Japan action 1954 color 92 min.
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki

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           1 disc, catalog # SAM100

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"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 the Japan's Gone with the Wind. This sweeping saga of the legendary 17th-century samurai Masashi Miyamoto, powerfully portrayed by Toshiro Mifune, plays out against the turmoil of a devestating civil war. The Trilogy follows Musashi's odyssey from unruly youth to enlightened warrior.

In the first part, Musashi Miyamoto, the hero's dreams of military glory end in betrayal, defeat, and the life of a fugitive. But he is saved by a woman who loves him and a cunning priest who guides him to the samurai path. This first part of the Trilogy won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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