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Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)

Miyamoto Musashi (original title)
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

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Hiroshi Inagaki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Honiden Matahachi
Kurôemon Onoe Kurôemon Onoe ... Takuan Osho
Kaoru Yachigusa Kaoru Yachigusa ... Otsu
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Akemi
Mitsuko Mito ... Oko, Matahachi's wife
Eiko Miyoshi ... Osugi, Matahachi's mother
Akihiko Hirata ... Seijuro Yoshioka
Kusuo Abe Kusuo Abe ... Temma Tsujikaze
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Terumasa Ikeda (as Sakae Ozawa)
Akira Tani Akira Tani ... Kawarano-Gonroku
Seijirô Onda Seijirô Onda ... Chief Official
Fumindo Matsuo Fumindo Matsuo ... Petty Official
Masanobu Ôkubo Masanobu Ôkubo ... Petty Official
Takuzô Kumagai Takuzô Kumagai ... Villager
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Musashi Miyamoto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Won a special honorary Academy Award for Outstanding Foreign Language Film in 1955. See more »

Quotes

Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo): Why are you here?
Takuan Osho: To capture you.
[Takezo gives Takuan and Otsu a look of betrayal]
Takuan Osho: If you surrender to a Buddhist priest, consideration shall be given to you.
Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo): Never!
Takuan Osho: My boy, do you think you can win?
Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo): [stoutly] Yes.
Takuan Osho: Are you trying to defeat yourself, too?
Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo): I don't mind dying in a good fight. But before I die, I will have some blood!
Takuan Osho: What about your relatives? They're prisoners on your account.
[...]
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Samurai Siddhartha Wild One
27 March 2007 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Miyamoto Musashi" (1955): by Hiroshi Inagaki, starring Torshiro Mifune. This is an EPIC story of one man who sets out to travel far and wide throughout the land and himself in search of his identity and purpose. It has something of the feel of Herman Hesse's book "Siddhartha", but with Samurai battle scenes… (no, it is NOT a silly martial arts film). Having won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of 1955, this is 97 minutes of serious life dramas, with the priorities being Japanese, of course. One must think that with less than a decade having passed since Japan's defeat in WWII, this film's considerations (set in the 16th century) - about identity, goals, love, war, status, and true purpose - were nearly unavoidable. Beautiful photography, good color (considering the era), music that occasionally over-swelled the scene, believable sets, and again, a serious story line, make this one worth seeing. This will sound odd, but I found lots of parallels to the early Marlon Brando film, "The Wild One'". Feel free to disagree.


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