Samurai 1' - Musashi Miyamoto (1954) DVD, New & Sealed
The first of a trilogy that really should be viewed as a whole. This elegant film tells of the very humble beginnings of Miyamoto Mushashi, who has become a paragon of Bushido and Giri. A Samurai's Samurai.
However, you have no inkling of this at the beginning of the movie. What we see is dirt and squalor and a desperate chance to get out from beneath the mud. It all goes wrong and things look desperate.
As the movie progresses in the slow, methodical, often obtuse, Japanese fashion we become engrossed in the plot and the lives of our protagonists. Toshiro Mifune shows a vast range of emotion, power and character growth in these this movie. To get the full flavour of the story you must also watch the next two movies in this trilogy (2) 'Duel at Ichijoji Temple'(1955)and (3) 'Duel on Ganryu Island' (1956).
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Toshirô Mifune .... Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Rentaro Mikuni .... Honiden Matahachi
Kuroemon Onoe .... Takuan Osho
Kaoru Yachigusa .... Otsu
Mariko Okada .... Akemi
Mitsuko Mito .... Oko, Matahachi's wife
Eiko Miyoshi .... Osugi, Matahachi's mother
Akihiko Hirata .... Seijuro Yoshioka
Kusuo Abe .... Temma Tsujikaze
Eitarô Ozawa .... Terumasa Ikeda (as Sakae Ozawa)
Akira Tani .... Kawarano-Gonroku
Seijiro Onda .... Chief Official
Fumito Matsuo .... Petty Official
Masanobu Ôkubo .... Petty Official
Jiro Kumagai .... Villager (as Jirô Kumagawa)
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC Format
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: Simplify Chinese / Traditional chinese / English / None (Removable)