Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

Hiroshi Inagaki

 
  • Japan
  • 1956
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #16

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. Circumstances bring them back together for one final face-off. Though it’s marked by a memorably intense final battle sequence, the rousing conclusion to the Samurai Trilogy is engaged with matters of the heart as well, as Miyamoto must ask himself what it is that makes a warrior and a man.

Cast

Musashi MiyamotoToshiro Mifune
Kojiro SasakiKoji Tsuruta
OtsuKaoru Yachigusa
AkemiMariko Okada
OmitsuMichiko Saga
Court official Sado NagaokaTakashi Shimura
SasukeMinoru Chiaki
Toji GionDaisuke Kato
KumagoroHaruo Tanaka
Priest OgonKichijiro Ueda
Priest NikkanKokuten Kodo

Credits

DirectorHiroshi Inagaki
ProducerKazuo Takimura
ScreenplayTokuhei Wakao and Hiroshi Inagaki
From Hideji Hojo's adaptation of Musashi, byEiji Yoshikawa
CinematographyKazuo Yamada
Art directionHiroshi Ueda and Kisaku Ito
LightingTsuruzo Nishikawa
SoundMasanobu Miyazaki
MusicIkuma Dan

Film Essays

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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

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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 III

By Bruce Eder July 21, 1998

Samurai III, Duel at Ganryu Island, is the last and best part of Hiroshi Inagaki’s Trilogy. In contrast to the earlier, more action-oriented Samurai I and II, this final section shows its hero . . . 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 III

By Bruce Eder July 21, 1998

Samurai III, Duel at Ganryu Island, is the last and best part of Hiroshi Inagaki’s Trilogy. In contrast to the earlier, more action-oriented Samurai I and II, this final section shows its hero . . . Read more »

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