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The Samurai Trilogy

Street Date:
June 26th, 2012
Movie Release Year:
1954
MPAA Rating:
Unrated
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
302 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Drama, Action, Adventure, War

Starring:

Toshirô Mifune

Director:

Hiroshi Inagaki

Plot Synopsis:

The Samurai Trilogy, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune, was one of Japan’s most successful exports of the 1950s, a rousing, emotionally gripping tale of combat and self-discovery. Based on a novel that’s often called Japan’s Gone with the Wind, this sweeping saga fictionalizes the life of the legendary seventeenth-century swordsman (and writer and artist) Musashi Miyamoto, following him on his path from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. With these three films—1954’s Oscar-winning Musashi Miyamoto, 1955’s Duel at Ichijoji Temple, and 1956’s Duel at Ganryu Island—Inagaki created a passionate epic that’s equal parts tender love story and bloody action.

Technical Specs

  • 2 BD-50 Blu-ray Discs

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.37:1

Audio Formats

  • Japanese Uncompressed Mono

Subtitles/Captions

  • English

Supplements

  • New interviews with translator and historian William Scott Wilson about the real-life Musashi Miyamoto, the inspiration for the hero of the films
  • Trailers
  • A booklet featuring essays by film historian Stephen Prince and Wilson