Miyamoto Musashi Kanketsuhen: Kettô Ganryûjima (Samurai III: Duel on Ganryu Island) (Bushido) (1956)
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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.
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!
an incredible finale to a great trilogy, the duel at the end is a classic scene built with anticipation and excitment. mifune was great as always and this film makes the trilogy feel less like a simple love story and more like an epic of human development. definitely a romanticized and inaccurate portrayal of the true musashi, but still an excellent film.
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