1954 ***** 92 mins.
The first chapter in Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy is nothing short of spectacular. Toshiro Mifune gives another stellar performance as the title character. Based on a novel that has been called Japan's Gone with the Wind, the trilogy follows one man's journey from lowly swordsman to great samurai. In this first chapter, Takezo (Mifune), returns home from a war only to be turned away by his home town. Through the help of a priest and a peasant girl, Takezo begins his journey to becoming the great samurai Musashi Miyamoto. A wonderful film experience.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Tokuhei Wakao, Hiroshi Inagaki
Based on the Novel by