The Samurai Trilogy

The Samurai Trilogy

The Samurai Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray Collector's Set

2 Discs

SRP: $69.95

Criterion Store price:$55.96

Collector's Set Info

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.

Collector’s Set Includes

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto box cover

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

Hiroshi Inagaki 1954

In the first part of the epic Samurai Trilogy, Toshiro Mifune thunders onto the screen as the iconic title character.

Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple box cover

Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

Hiroshi Inagaki 1955

Toshiro Mifune furiously embodies swordsman Musashi Miyamoto as he comes into his own in the action-packed middle section of the Samurai Trilogy.

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island box cover

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

Hiroshi Inagaki 1956

A disillusioned Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro Mifune) has turned his back on the samurai life, becoming a farmer in a remote village, while his nemesis Kojiro (Koji Tsuruta) now works for the shogun.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions
  • New interviews with translator and historian William Scott Wilson about the real-life Musashi Miyamoto, the inspiration for the hero of the films
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film historian Stephen Prince and Wilson

    New cover by Yuko Shimizu

Other Editions

The Samurai Trilogy (Criterion DVD)

DVD Collector's Set

3 Discs

SRP: $59.95

Criterion Store price:$47.96


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