Trevor Berrett and David Blakeslee are pleased to present Inside the Box, a podcast series that explores the riches in the various box sets released by The Criterion Collection. In this episode, they discuss The Samurai Trilogy, which contains Hiroshi Inagaki’s trilogy of films Musashi Miyamoto, Duel at Ichijoji Temple, and Duel at Ganryu Island.
The Samurai Trilogy, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune, was one of Japan’s most successful exports of the 1950s, a rousing, emotionally gripping tale of combat and self-discovery. Based on a novel that’s often called Japan’s 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 films—1954’s Oscar-winning Musashi Miyamoto, 1955’s Duel at Ichijoji Temple, and 1956’s Duel at Ganryu Island—Inagaki created a passionate epic that’s equal parts tender love story and bloody action.
- The Samurai Trilogy – The Criterion Collection
- David’s Reviews
- Eastern Kicks Reviews
- All Things Interesting: Musashi Miyamoto
- Hiroshi Inagaki — Wikipedia
- Musashi Miyamoto — Wikipedia