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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
A humble and simple Takezo abandons his life as a knight errant. He's sought as a teacher and vassal by Shogun, Japan's most powerful clan leader. He's also challenged to fight by the supremely confident and skilful Sasaki Kojiro. Takezo agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time but rejects Shogun's patronage, choosing instead to live on the edge of a village, raising vegetables. He's followed there by Otsu and later by Akemi, both in love with him. The year ends as Takezo assists the villagers against a band of brigands. He seeks Otsu's forgiveness and accepts her love, then sets off across the water to Ganryu Island for his final contest.
A fantastic conclusion to this trilogy. Toshirô Mifune does an amazing job developing this character throughout three films. Mifune seemed legitimately a good 10 years younger at the beginning of the first film 2 years prior compared to Samurai III and it's all done through acting. Here he truthfully seems older and wiser.
Musashi Miyamoto has now made a name for himself as various clans seek him out for his skills now and not for duels. Even the Shogun takes notice. It's a nice change in dynamic from the last film as Musashi is more or less in control of his emotions and spirit now. He no longer seeks out duels and even manages to avoid a few unnecessary ones…
The third film of the Samurai trilogy is just as beautifully shot as the first two. It also has a wonderful musical score too. Also like the first two, it's pretty damn forgettable. Who knows maybe they get better on repeat viewings. I hope so. 6.5/10
The third part of this samurai trilogy is as melodramatic as the first two, but we finally get that battle that has been teased for almost 5 hours.
The set up in this movie is quite good. There is a love triangle that forms and comes to a conclusion in a way few filmmakers could handle in such a lovingly tragic way.
The movie forgets about some of the characters for too long, but when they come back around it is a powerful moment.
For me, this movie is all about that final battle. That is some of the best cinematography (despite some MAJOR continuity issues with the sunset) I have ever seen. It is majestic.
All in all I could have used more swordplay in all three films, but as a costume epic it is pretty fantastic. It's easy to see the influence this film had on American genre films such as Westerns and outcast films.
That's it? Five hours of film ends with a five minute fight scene where two "fencers" run back and forth parallel to each other while making the occasional "hi-ya" advances on each other? And then the winner says about the loser "he was the best fencer I will ever battle," or something to that effect? If you say so buddy. Samurai III is nothing if not a continuation of the same collection of expository dialogue-laden scenes that plagued the first two films of the trilogy. If only director Hiroshi Inagaki had bothered to SHOW us that he was the best fencer. But no, literally everything is told to you in all of these films, and while this one does generate…
Short Review: Yep, still a fine and dandy samurai flick. It has its ups and downs like anything else; I don't think it stands out quite as much as the other two films, but there are good moments. It is especially incredible watching this guy picking up flies with chopsticks like a total badass; Mr. Miyagi is a faker!
After three movies, Musashi has consistently rejected the love of his life and chose to hang out with some young dude. Is he gay or something? I'm just sayin'...
Serious question: Has there ever been a trilogy—bona fide, I mean, not just a film and its two sequels—that isn't widely considered a masterpiece? No matter how mediocre some or even all of the films may be, people just swoon at the sheer triptychyness of the whole affair. (See also: Red Riding, Dreileben, etc.) Anyway, this final entry does nothing but stall for nearly two hours, as Musashi postpones his inevitable face-off with the effeminate rival (which, again, has no emotional undercurrent whatsoever because it's strictly glory-seeking) in order to go be a humble farmer for a year, which despite the presence of some bandits is about as exciting as it sounds. Sunrise duel, when it finally arrives, is superbly elemental and suggests that Inagaki might have been something had he been a stronger judge of material. But the series honestly needs Harvey Scissorhands to fashion one solid two-hour film from all the largely redundant and/or monotonous footage.
If I ever fight to the death by samurai sword I want to do it just like this ending. My favorite of the trilogy.
The Samurai Trilogy is one of the most enjoyable sets of films I've seen in a long time. This third and final film follows the completion of Musashi's spiritual journey to enlightenment, as he faces Sasaki for a final battle. The battle at the end of the film is gorgeously shot and choreographed, and left me in awe of the great accomplishment this trilogy achieved.
The entire series, really one film, about Musashi Miyamoto is leading up to this final bout against Kojiro Sasaki. Many characters come to revelations, Miyamoto in particular in terms of his relationship with Otsu. Akemi's end is quite sad. The battle against the bandits was reminiscent of Seven Samurai in many ways.
But it is that duel on the beach that is the final moment of this series, proving that it lives up to the hype. It's simple, poetic with the sun behind Miyamoto, who finally grows into his fullest potential. His magnificence is glowing as he duels Sasaki with a wooden sword.
Check this series out. It's a keeper.
Vivid cinematography, a rousing score, terrific action sequences, and Mifune's charisma anchor a sweeping, larger-than-life story of mythic proportions.
The climactic duel here would've cemented it as my favorite installment of the trilogy on its own, but it's the quiet emotion of the final shots that sealed the deal on my love of the trilogy as a whole.
plenty of fighting.
This one might have been the best, or at least most satisfying, of the series, but the whole thing still suffered from being a bunch of events, without much in the way of character motivation. It's an interesting set of films, but I can't say I recommend it, unless you're really interested in Musashi Miyamoto.
Samurai III is more interesting and compelling than its predecessor; it heightens the stakes by setting up the rivalry between Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro. The film seems to barely suggest hints of an erotic attraction between the two men; Musashi is more interested in fighting than with his lover Otsu; and Kojiro's hair seems deliberately feminine and similar to Otsu's hairstyle in Samurai I. In fact, watching this film made me understand Oshima's Taboo a lot more (I think). The film baffingly gets bogged down when Musashi goes on a sojourn and actor Kaoru Yachigusa as Otsu is not served well by the writing; she whines and cries and cluthes at Musashi a lot. The climatic battle is pretty to watch I must say.
Ahogy Musashi személyisége fejlődött, úgy a filmek is. Vagy csak én szerettem meg jobban, nem tudom. Mindenesetre ez tetszett a legjobban.
These films are really delightful to look at, and they establish mood in a really effective way that I think casts a longer shadow on samurai films than anything Kurosawa did.
This one does feel like it's mostly just stalling the final duel...which never seemed all that important anyway. Sasaki is an interesting character, and a clear contrast to Musashi, but the stakes still seem pretty non-existent.
Several characters set up as very important in the first two films just completely drop away, which is problematic. Resolving Musashi's relationship with his childhood friend seems more important than the challenge of Sasaki.
UPDATED: January 28, 2016
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