Friday, November 6, 2009

Samurai II - Duel at Ichijoji

(1955) - Color - 100 min
- Toshirô Mifune as Takezo (Musashi Miyamoto), Rentaro Mikuni as Honiden Matahachi, Kaoru Yachigusa as Otsu, Mariko Okada as Akemi, Mitsuko Mito as Oku, Matahachi's wife, Kuroemon Onoe as Takuan Osho (the priest), Koji Tsuruta as Kojiro Sasaki, Eijirô Tono as Baiken Shishido, Michiyo Kogure as Dayu Yoshino,
Directed by - Hiroshi Inagaki

The incredible Samurai trilogy from Hiroshi Inagaki continues - with part two... Duel At Ichijoji Temple. Compared to part one, which didn't offer much in the way of martial arts action - part two is chocked full of saber rattling, Samurai swashbucklers! The final scene were Musashi takes on eighty guys is one of the greatest fight scenes ever shot on film.

And let's us not forget the conflict facing Musashi, as he battles his ambition to be the greatest Samurai warrior with his love for the faithful Otsu, who has pined for him for many years. Will she go for the Sinead O'Connor look, shave her head and become a nun... or will she remain faithful in her love for Musashi?

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