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zjpma| Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (Samurai Trilogy)
Japan 1954
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Screenplay: Yoshitaro Nomura
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Rentaro Mikuni, Kuroemon Onoe, Kaoru Yachigusa, Mariko Okada
Genre: Action

Running Time: 93
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English
Studio:  Madman DVD Region:  1
DVD Release:  Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  Ok, you've caught me! I ended up getting this. I can't help it! I love samurai and, most of all, I love Toshiro Mifune! Mifune can do no wrong when it comes to acting (like Peter O'Toole) no matter how bad the film is, but the Samurai Trilogy is excellent.

I have seen it before on straight dvd (Netflix) and yes, I loved it, but when viewing it on Blu-ray, seeing how crisp, bright and detailed it is, oh is it any wonder why I've got this one? Nope.

So there (as I hide the Trilogy behind my back)...

What? The Spiritual significance of the 3 films? The Buddism crawling throughout? I look at it in this way: Musashi starts off a rogue, then in this film a preacher (Buddish monk) takes him under his wing, but Musashi doesn't know that until near the end of the first film. Now he is "converted" and set for the ways of Bushido and spends the remainder of the 2 films following this one, working it out.

Now you know what I think of Bushido, don't you? Its like Chivalry, a Western ideal, just translated for the East, that's all. Yea, says you, but it usually ends in hara-kiri, right? Well did the knights ever battle? Same thing, yet this is more so in that the Shogun is Christ and we die for Christ if necessary. There is a whole lot more that just the little I am giving you, but that will suffice for this is a film review, not a diatribe!
I bought the Blu-ray edition of "The Samurai Trilogy," a while ago, three films that tell the story of Musashi Miyamoto (1584 - June 13, 1645), the greatest swordsman ever in the history of Japan. I just watched the first one just a moment ago (but I had viewed it a lot because I really like Musashi and also Toshirô Mifune, the greatest actor ever in the history of Japan -- in my opinion of course!

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) *****

I've tried to find out about Musashi on the Net and it is rather sparse. For instance, did he ever marry, as the film portrays? I really don't know. I know he, on the Net, had two adopted sons, that is for certain.

The first film tells of his wayward life, that he dreamed of being a samurai (he was born to a samurai, but the film never addresses that), fought in what was to be the Gettysburg of that day, the Battle of Sekigahara (look it up), the torn relationship he had with his friend Matahachi, the budding of his love for Otsu, and his trials with religion, with religion -- it seems -- winning out.

I put my thoughts into the Christian way of reading about Musashi, that he was stopped in his wayward wanderings by a priest, or preacher if you will, who called upon God to rectify Musashi's life and bring him to Faith. It's not really that difficult to do as far as viewing the film, tho quite a bit of difference in studying Buddhism in the light of Christianity when you delve into it, reading everything that you can to make sure every "T" is crossed and every "I" is punctuated.

Yet we all realize the truth behind religion, for God created that truth and wants us to fill-in-the-blanks using His Standard, the Holy Scriptures.

Hmmm, its 5 pm. Do I watch the second installment of the series, or take a break and watch it tomorrow? I'm tired but I still have "Mike's Harder Black Cherry Lemonade" that my son left me to finish off.

Think, kniht … my cranium is screwing up tonight!

all the above is by kevin scott slack
The Samurai Trilogy is the epic true story of legendary seventeenth century swordsman Musashi Miyamoto. The first installment follows the young Musashi on his quest for enlightenment. Faced with military defeat, Musashi is befriended by a woman and a mysterious priest who help him to walk the path of the samurai.

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