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A historical adventure spanning three films, adapted from the novel Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa. They follow the development of the famous author and warrior, Musashi Miyamoto.

  • Number of Movies: 3
  • Revenue: -

Featured Cast

  1. Toshirō Mifune

    Toshirō Mifune

    Musashi Miyamoto a.k.a. Takezo

  2. Koji Tsuruta

    Koji Tsuruta

    Kojiro Sasaki

  3. Rentaro Mikuni

    Rentaro Mikuni

    Matahachi

  4. Mariko Okada

    Mariko Okada

    Akemi

  5. Kaoru Yachigusa
  6. Michiyo Kogure

    Michiyo Kogure

    Lady Yoshino, Yoshino (uncredited)

  7. Akihiko Hirata

    Akihiko Hirata

    Seijuro Yoshioka, Seijuro Yoshioka (uncredited)

  8. Mitsuko Mito

    Mitsuko Mito

    Oko, Oko (uncredited)

  9. Michiko Saga

    Michiko Saga

    Omitsu

  10. Eiko Miyoshi

    Eiko Miyoshi

    Osugi

  11. Takashi Shimura

    Takashi Shimura

    Court official

  12. Minoru Chiaki

    Minoru Chiaki

    Sasuke the boatman

  13. Sachio Sakai

    Sachio Sakai

    Matahachi Honiden, Matahachi Honiden (uncredited)

Featured Crew

  1. Hiroshi Inagaki

    Hiroshi Inagaki

    Directing, Writing

  2. Tokuhei Wakao

    Writing

September 25, 1954

Struggling to elevate himself from his low caste in 17th century Japan, Miyamoto trains to become a mighty samurai warrior.

After years on the road establishing his reputation as Japan's greatest fencer, Takezo returns to Kyoto. Otsu waits for him, yet he has come not for her but to challenge the leader of the region's finest school of fencing. To prove his valor and skill, he walks deliberately into ambushes set up by the school's followers. While Otsu waits, Akemi also seeks him, expressing her desires directly. Meanwhile, Takezo is observed by Sasaki Kojiro, a brilliant young fighter, confident he can dethrone Takezo. After leaving Kyoto in triumph, Takezo declares his love for Otsu, but in a way that dishonors her and shames him. Once again, he leaves alone.

A humble and simple Takezo abandons his life as a knight errant. He's sought as a teacher and vassal by Shogun, Japan's most powerful clan leader. He's also challenged to fight by the supremely confident and skillful Sasaki Kojiro. Takezo agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time but rejects Shogun's patronage, choosing instead to live on the edge of a village, raising vegetables. He's followed there by Otsu and later by Akemi, both in love with him. The year ends as Takezo assists the villagers against a band of brigands. He seeks Otsu's forgiveness and accepts her love, then sets off across the water to Ganryu Island for his final contest.

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