Miyamoto Musashi Kanketsuhen: Kettô Ganryûjima (Samurai III: Duel on Ganryu Island) (Bushido)

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Samurai 3: Duel At Ganryu Island is the final movie in director Hiroshi Inagacki's trilogy following a samurai played by Toshiro Mifune. In this film, Mifune is challenged to a duel by his arch-rival (Koji Tsuruta). Before he fights the duel, Mifune is tested by a number of bandits and has to cope with the affections of two different women. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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  • Apr 16, 2016
    Hiroshi Inagaki's 1956 film "Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island" is the third and final film of the "Samurai Trilogy" starring Toshiro Mifune as Musashi Miyamoto. After showing mercy at Ichijoi Temple in the last film and receiving help from Sasaki Kojiro, it becomes iminent that those two will have to fight eventually. Musashi realizes this will be the best swordsman he will ever fight and he respects this man more than any other samurai he has met in his years of traveling. Not as lush and beautiful as the first installment, yet it does include some fantastic images. Slower than the first two and missing a lot of the action.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2011
    Samurai III: Duel on Ganryu Island is a more story focused film than the more action filled first two. Having said this, there are still some wonderfully staged fights and the final duel, while being only a few minutes in length, is one of the most beautiful and well filmed in all of cinema. Cinematography is top notch showcasing the gorgeous scenery and skies which only add to the great script and cast. The film bring Musashi Miyamoto full circle and we are left with many conclusions to the story's questions. This is my favorite of the trilogy and shows that battle scenes and action, while serving a story instead of being the story, make for great and meaningful films!
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2009
    Often referred as the "Japanese Gone With the Wind", the Samurai trilogy is a spectacle to see, with a brilliant conclusion. The one that has the best cinematography, an awesome ending, a more impressive scenery, the longest runtime, the best performances and the most intense romance scenes regarding love and deception, is this film. I don't particularly agree with the "Gone With the Wind (1939)" comment, but it has very similar characteristics and all of the Samurai films put together in one conform an extraordinary epic tale. This film tops all of the previous ones in every single aspect. The first film focused on character development, plot and epic filmmaking, the second one focused more on Mifune's character (Musashi Miyamoto), the action and his intense, troubled relationship with her beloved Otsu, and this one just improved everything and added some beautifully crafted technical aspects to the film. The final duel is one of the best I have ever seen: poetic, suspenseful, paced, quick, beautiful. It was also very nice to see several actors throughout the trilogy that appeared in Kurosawa films, such as Takashi Shimura. All in all, this trilogy is a true Japanese treasure and everything that fans of both the genre and/or the trilogy could hope for. Nice to meet you, Mr. Inagaki. 93/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2008
    Much more polished and ambitious than the second film, it moves more briskly and has a lot of great visuals. Unlike the II, this one really does peak at the final duel, which in some ways seems to challenge Miyamoto and the audience by extension. Great use of color and scenery as always.
    a b Super Reviewer

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