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Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
Struggling to elevate himself from his low caste in 17th century Japan, Mayamoto trains to become a mighty samurai warrior.
Now I begin my viewing of the Samurai Trilogy with this film; Which we can call the story of how Takezo, the inexhaustible man driven by anger and rejection, gets the samurai name Musashi Miyamoto. How he becomes a new man with the help of a somewhat sadistic Buddhist monk.
This was just a joy to watch, mostly because of the magnificent Japanese landscapes in beautiful colors. The story is very engaging though, in that soap opera kind of way (regarding the love story). But I'm really looking forward to where this story will take me. Being very unpredictable already. And will probably write a proper review after seeing all three of them.
Loved this movie from beginning to end. The only thing I knew going in was that it's part of a trilogy and is but one of over 30 films based on Musashi Miyamoto. Knowing full well how Japanese and Chinese cinema loves to sometimes tell fictional stories around real historical figures I realize that some of Musashi's story might be historically inaccurate, if not all of it.
With that said I loved the story. Not being familiar with Musashi before this film I had no idea where the plot was heading at first and enjoyed the unpredictability of it all a great deal. Because it's essentially the first of three acts there's several subplots that go unresolved by the end…
I'll be honest, I don't have too much experience with the samurai genre outside of Akira Kurosawa's contributions, so it's hard to watch Musashi Miyamoto without holding it up the master's films. And considering this was released the same year as The Seven Samurai, and also stars Toshiro Mifune, and it is the first part of a story that lasts several hours, it practically begs comparison.
It's competently directed, and intermittently engrossing, but the majority of it is just a collection of dated cinematography relying on constant push-ins, endless expository scenes, and a near suffocating level of melodrama, no doubt influenced by the great Hollywood westerns about a maturing loner or outcast. But those influences are apparent in all the…
Very respectful of the historical lore and concept of being a samurai compared to, say, an Akira Kurosawa movie about the same things. I like to think of it as the Japanese equivalent to a 1940s Technicolor western, and along those lines it's very good, with a convincingly wild lead performance by Toshiro Mifune. Really psyched to watch the other two movies in the series again soon.
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Short Review: Pretty decent samurai drama. It's all well-staged, well-acted, and easy enough to follow. Plenty of strong characters. A few good fights.
The ending kinda throws me through a loop though. I can understand why the guy decided to give up love to pursue the life of chivalry as a swordsman, and in the end he'd probably be doing Otsu a favor. But, dang man...Musashi's doomed himself to a life without ever being laid!
An origin story that really does feel like a longer narrative's somewhat bloated first act, à la Fellowship of the Ring. In which case I guess I should be stoked for Samurai II. Starts out sluggish but gets more and more compelling as its ostensible hero is systematically deceived, humiliated and otherwise abused, learning the hard way that with great power comes great responsibility; or that a Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack; or maybe just chill the fuck out there Slashy.
Actor Toshiro Mifune himself perfectly visualized Musashi Miyamoto from both looks and characteristics.
A beautifully made samurai movie with thrilling set pieces and an emotional tale of friendship, love and change. It looks like someone had a time machine to make this film. Watch if you have any interest in the Samurai genre.
Two boys try to find glory by going to war but fuck it all up.
Criterion Spine #14
Japan in 1954 was basically killing it with their films. Kurosawa made Seven Samurai, arguably one of the greatest films of all time, while Mizoguchi was making the incredible Sansho the Bailiff. But also 1954 began the Samurai trilogy, which I think has sort of gotten lost amongst all those other great films.
I feel strange about reviewing this film without having seen the last two films in the trilogy since Musashi Miyamoto feel basically just like the preface to the adventures to come, much in the way The Fellowship of the Ring did to The Lord of the Rings. I love Toshiro Mifune's performance, where he gets to show the entire range from his crazy side…
Part one of three. The story of the most badass swordsman during Japan's feudal period. I'd like to think I'm knowledgable when it comes to this period of time in Japan, but if I weren't, I'm sure it'd make a lot of these films less accessible to me.
But yeah, my first real introduction to the genre (I've seen Twilight Samurai and 13 Assassins, but none of the 'legit' samurai films).
Loved this to bits. Some fantastic shots, but the film just wants to tell a great story, which it does. There's some silliness in the mostly-awesome action scenes (poor choreography really ruins the seriousness of the film at times), but you'll forget about that when Otsu ((Kaoru Yachigusa)) and…
Miyamoto Musashi (宮本武蔵) has a legendary status in Japan. This 1954 Japanese film by Hiroshi Inagaki starring my favourite actor Toshirō Mifune was the first film of Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy of historical adventures. The screenplay was an adaptation of Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi which is loosely based on the life of the famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. In the 50's was a real hit and it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (1955). If you want the full story, I'll suggest to check the other two films in the trilogy : Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple and Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island.
It is a movie with a simple message but delivered in such a…
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto sets off Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy, and is shot in marvelous Eastmancolor. Pretty much every Japanese film from the '50s that's in color looks gorgeous, and this one is no exception. It's based on Eiji Yoshikawa's famous novel Musashi, which revived the story of the legendary warrior but also heavily romanticized him in some ways.
The major theme of the film is spiritual growth and learning. Musashi (played very dynamically by Mifune) and his slow transformation from an immature aspiring warrior to a wiser, more collected samurai is accentuated the most. There are also certain romance subplots and a few fighting scenes here and there (some of which aren't really well done, but hey).
6/10: The first of the trilogy shows the origin the lead actor Takezo on how he become a samurai. Interesting storyline, but one complain, the flow of the movie, not in a smooth flow, but jumping here and there.
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Number I've Seen: 189/764 (25%)
UPDATED: February 20, 2014
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