|The Samurai Trilogy (DVD, 2004, Criterion Collection) Hiroshi Inagaki BRAND NEW|
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This epic is one that rivals "The Lord of the Rings" or "Gone With the Wind". Based on Yoshikawa's "Musashi" (an excellent read, by the way) the series follows the life and training of one of the most renowned and revered swordsmen of Japan. Unknown in the US, mostly, Musashi Myamoto is considered the Japanese equivalent of Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Jim Bridger, Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill. Part legend, part myth, mainly real and very human, Musashi's actual writings, especially "The Book of Five Rings", are often considered mandatory reading for potential executives or managers in Japan. His status is permanent, he will never be just another samurai. He is considered the pinnacle of a lost tradition. Toshiro's Mifune's portrayal of the man has long been considered one of the finest in his career. Maybe that will explain why this DVD series is so costly, everyone in Japan either has a copy or wants one. You cannot go wrong. If all else fails, get your hands on one or all of these 3 DVD's through Netflix or some other rental source and spend a weekend watching them. If you enjoy Japanese samurai films, I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.
This is a great box set. Criterion DVD's are always the types of DVD any collector would love to add to any collection. If you are a fan of sweeping epics or the Samurai genre. You'll love this three movie set. The films look magnificent and the subtitles are well done. Theacting is phenomenel and as is the photography. No real extras...which is a bummer. HOwever the movies are 50 years old so extras for films of thei age are hard to come by.
I first saw this trilogy at a film festival in Santa Fe around 1977 or 1978. One movie each night for three straight nights. I was captivated and no guy ever looked so good in a skirt-like thing as Toshiro Mifune did in them. When I realized I could own them I bought them on VHS years ago and now I've upgraded to DVD. My son, now 20, and I watch them together every so often. Visually the movie can be stunning, though it is too dark (literally) in some places to easily watch in my living room during the day. I guess at least one of them won an academy award for Best Foreign Film around 1955. I agree. This trilogy tells the story of the greatest Samurai of all time. Watching all three is a big investment in time but i highly recommend them.
This is a classic. Story of Miyamoto Musashi. A worthy investment done by one of the best Japanese actors ever.
There are others that have revised this title. If you are looking for an excellent production of the story then this is it. Now granted this is an old production like early 1950,s. If you are looking for something loaded in CGI then forget it. If instead you are looking for a classic film thinks is it. Would I recommend it. In a heart beat.