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The Samurai Trilogy, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune, was one of Japanís most successful exports of the 1950s, a rousing, emotionally gripping tale of combat and self-discovery. Based on a novel thatís often called Japanís 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 filmsó1954ís Oscar-winning Musashi Miyamoto, 1955ís Duel at Ichijoji Temple, and 1956ís Duel at Ganryu IslandóInagaki created a passionate epic thatís equal parts tender love story and bloody action. 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 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 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 Tsurata) now works for the shogun.

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Special Features New high-definition digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks 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 essays by film historian Stephen Prince and Wilson

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CC2159 Samurai Trilogy DVD (Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto/Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple/Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island) $59.95 $53.99