The Samurai Trilogy - The Criterion Collection

  |  300 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Collection of three Japanese films directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. In 'Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto' (1954), orphan Musashi Miyamoto (Toshirô Mifune) leaves his home village to join the army with his best friend Honiden Matahachi (Rentarô Mikuni) who is betrothed to local girl Otsu (Kaoru Yachigusa). While they are away, Matahachi is seduced by another woman, and when Miyamoto returns to the village alone to break the news, Matahachi's family accuse him of telling lies and sentence him to death. He is rescued by a Buddhist monk and educated in the ways of the Samurai, but as he becomes proficient in his art, Miyamoto is forced to choose between the way of the warrior and the possibility of happiness with Otsu, who has now fallen in love with him... In 'Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple' (1955), after years on the road perfecting his sword fighting skills, Miyamoto returns to his home village to find his former love Otsu still waiting for him patiently. However, the Samurai warrior is disinterested in love and only interested in defending his reputation by taking on students from the local fencing school. In 'Samurai III: Duel at Ganru Island' (1956), Miyamoto renounces his quest for fame in favour of the search for inner truth, but after settling down in a quiet peasant village, he is forced to take up arms when his sanctuary is attacked by marauding bandits.