Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Miyamoto Musashi)


(out of 5)

Hiroshi Inagaki’s fantastic Samurai trilogy gets off to a marvelous start in this rousing adventure. Two villagers run off to join the army and fight in the civil war that is tearing feudal Japan apart. One of them (), ends up falling into the hands of a man interested in educating and training him to become a samurai in the oldest tradition of the word. The film ends with his first step away from reckless youth and towards spiritual enlightenment. Beautifully photographed in bright colours, chock full of exciting adventure and interesting characters, you’ll definitely want to rent all three films together because once one is over you won’t be able to wait to continue.

Toho Company

Japan, 1954

Directed by

Screenplay by Hiroshi Inagaki, , based on the play by , from the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by Robert B. Homel,

The Criterion Collection

Academy Awards 1954


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