Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

Hiroshi Inagaki

 
  • Japan
  • 1955
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #15

Toshiro Mifune furiously embodies swordsman Musashi Miyamoto as he comes into his own in the action-packed middle section of the Samurai Trilogy. Duel at Ichijoji Temple furthers Miyamoto along his path to spiritual enlightenment, as well as further from the arms of the two women who love him: loyal Otsu (Kaoru Yachigusa) and conniving yet tragic Akemi (Mariko Okada). The film also brings him face to face with hordes of rivals intent on cutting him down, especially his legendary rival Kojiro (Koji Tsuruta). The titular climax is one of Japanese cinema’s most rousingly choreographed conflicts, intensified by Jun Yasumoto’s color cinematography and Ikuma Dan’s triumphant score.

Cast

Musashi MiyamotoToshiro Mifune
Kojiro SasakiKoji Tsuruta
OtsuKaoru Yachigusa
AkemiMariko Okada
Lady YoshinoMichiyo Kogure
OkoMitsuko Mito
Seijuro YoshiokaAkihiko Hirata
Toji GionDaisuke Kato
TakuanKuroemon Onoe
Honiden MatahachiSachio Sakai
Denshichiro YoshiokaYu Fujiki
KogureMachiko Kitagawa
Koetsu HonamiKo Mihashi
Priest NikkanKokuten Kodo
OsugiEiko Miyoshi
Baiken ShishidoEijiro Tono
JotaroKenjin Iida

Credits

DirectorHiroshi Inagaki
ProducerKazuo Takimura
ScreenplayTokuhei Wakao and Hiroshi Inagaki
From Hideji Hojo's adaptation of Musashi, byEiji Yoshikawa
CinematographyJun Yasumoto
Art directionMakoto Sono and Kisaku Ito
LightingShigeru Mori
SoundChoshichiro Mikami
MusicIkuma Dan

Film Essays

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By William Scott Wilson June 27, 2012

The warrior and philosopher protagonist of The Samurai Trilogy, Musashi Miyamoto, was a real-life seventeenth-century figure. Here, the translator of Musashi’s The Book of Five Rings tells us . . . Read more »


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The Samurai Trilogy: Musashi Mifune

By Stephen Prince June 26, 2012

Hiroshi Inagaki’s action epic is as responsible for creating Toshiro Mifune’s legendary cinematic persona as the films of Kurosawa. Read more »


Film Essays

Samurai II

By Bruce Eder July 21, 1998

Despite its title, Samurai II, Duel at Ichijoji Temple, is not really an action film. It has more than its share of action and violence, to be sure—the duel between Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Samurai_feature_current_thumbnail

The Book of Five Rings

By William Scott Wilson June 27, 2012

The warrior and philosopher protagonist of The Samurai Trilogy, Musashi Miyamoto, was a real-life seventeenth-century figure. Here, the translator of Musashi’s The Book of Five Rings tells us . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Samuraitrilogy_400_008_current_thumbnail

The Samurai Trilogy: Musashi Mifune

By Stephen Prince June 26, 2012

Hiroshi Inagaki’s action epic is as responsible for creating Toshiro Mifune’s legendary cinematic persona as the films of Kurosawa. Read more »


Film Essays

Samurai II

By Bruce Eder July 21, 1998

Despite its title, Samurai II, Duel at Ichijoji Temple, is not really an action film. It has more than its share of action and violence, to be sure—the duel between Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro . . . Read more »

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