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Samurai Trilogy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Film March 1 2002
Format:VHS Tape
For fans of Mifune and Kurosawa, no words are necessary. But for those raised on Western Cinematography and story telling, it is like Opera, you either love it or you hate it.

The film is outstanding in its scenes of color and panorama. Some of the best camera work ever done.
Japanese film-making cares very little about happy endings, feel-good movies, or "chic" flicks. So don't look for them here. But they do have emotional power. The pain of Musashi, in the first film of the Trilogy, is excruciating when he is hunted, starved, and finally suspended by rope from a pine for days upon returning home from a long battle, and the torment of Otsu in the second film, as she spend years waiting near a bridge that Musashi might one day cross. Excellent acting....very powerful performances.
These films' underlying themes are all about morality. All the characters are heroes. Otsu is long-suffering while loyal to her true love. Musashi is a soul searching warrior. While he spends years refining his swordmanship and seeking honor and fame, she waits hopefully that someday his early promise of a peaceful life with her is realized. I think she ends up a virgin who has been told twice by Musashi that he loves her. Unless I've totally missed the point, these characters are role models. Kurosawa portrays them as what is best in the collective Japanese character. Highly moral views. The women are virgins and the men are swordsmen without defeat. Interesting, huh?
Musashi acquires a reputation as a fighter, but he is frequently instructed that his fighting prowess is not an end in itself and is not the path of a true Samurai. He travels a long road lasting three films to find it. In the end, one Samurai is dead and one is alive. What the surviving Samurai attains is the question I ask.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering The Sword As Soul May 22 2001
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This trilogy is the finest ever made. It is a must see. It is the story of development of a man from raging, meanspirited and selfish beast to sainthood. Musashi starts out as the most immature and insufferable of brutes. But, through education and help from a priest who sees something special in him, Musashi obtains polish and humility. He goes on through life, learning earthshaking lessons about the treachery and the beauty of man along the way. In the course of polishing and refining his swordsmanship, Musashi also polishes and refines his soul. In the final scene, which is the most beautiful ever filmed, Musashi faces his nemesis, the gifted Sasaki Kojiro, in a battle royale. Shot with haunting effect on the beach at dawn before a blood red rising sun, both warriors reach absolute spiritual perfection at the same instant thanks to the supreme quality of their opponent. This movie is a guidebook on how a man should live his life on earth with honor and dignity and self-sacrifice. Watching this movie in proper sequence (I to III), I was greatly affected. I learned that the biggest indicators of greatness in this life are education, polish and humility. I never saw a better trilogy than this one.
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Toshiro Mifune is perfect as Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary swordsman of medieval Japan. The cinematogrpahy is breathtaking. The fight scenes are riveting. The strongest element of the trilogy is Musashi's character development from peasant mercenary to noble super-samurai. The character growth shows the strength, meaning, and benefit of Bushido philosophy and lifestyle.
The one weakness in the movie -- and the reason why I am withholding the fifth star -- is the sniveling female love interest. The poor woman follows Musashi around Japan collapsing to her knees whimpering and crying every time she finds him. This is an old-fashioned portrayal of a pining woman whose happiness and self-worth seems to depend entirely upon the love and acceptance of her man. The character disgusted my wife to the point where she can't watch the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUSASHI A TRUE SHUGYOSHA Jan. 1 1999
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Toshiro mifune portrayed Musashi very well.This is a film for everyone.Action for the guys and a love story for the gals all rolled up into one.Even the guys will be touched by Otsu's on going pursuit after Musashi,because of her love for him.If the guys say they don't; there not a man.Even though a lot of things were changed in making the movie from Eiji Yoshikawa's novel;it still keeps in spirit of it.A job well done!!Read the novel. There's a whole lot more detail and events in it that the movie leaves out.Besides the movie,the novel is also a five star book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not brilliant, it's brilliantly clever. March 10 1999
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About the first episode there isn't much to say; Oscar for the best foreign film and so on, it is really, really brilliant. In the other two episodes however, things do change a little. The action is a bit slow and sometimes "jumpy". Like in the end of the 2nd one it looks like they run out of film (or money). The island duel in the third is very well solved. There you go, it's clever. Anyway, one star for each episode and one more for Toshiro Mifune.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Trilogy! 3 Star DVD quality May 25 2004
The Samurai Trilogy is excellent and a must see for anyone interested in Japanese history, culture or samurai. It's truly an epic. The only bad thing is the dvd quality. They films appear on dvd to be TOO DARK! You will have to turn the brightness up all the way on your t.v. settings. And some of the scenes look really ugly and should have been cleaned up.
The Samurai Trilogy is in dire need to be digitally remastered.
But I guess it's still worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie but read the book
This movie tells about the life of Myamoto Musashi. The film is really wonderful. A little dark. I read Yoshikawa's novel 3 times so it is inspiring. Read more
Published on June 21 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Botched
While I think the trilogy is overall well done, there are a few things that make this a questionable buy.
First, the "darkness. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by William Bohn
2.0 out of 5 stars darkness rules
These films are too dark and much of the action cannot be followed. Nothing is worse that a sword fight where the action can't be seen. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by A. Grossman
4.0 out of 5 stars a little darker than the film was
We have tried both the VHS and the DVD and they are about the same. We feel that the darkness of the recording might be because we have a rear projection TV and that with the... Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by L. Gowen
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to see it...
Each movie alone seems to be missing that truly epic feel, but seen together they match up to be one of the greatest dramatic stories in film. Highly recommended.
Published on March 29 2004 by Daniel Gayle
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history lesson
Unless you are a Toshiro Mifune fan or a Musashi Miyamoto fan you probably won't appreciate these films. Read more
Published on July 23 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent display of the samauri at his best.
This triology is a must see for those who have an insatiable appetite for the Asian culture, particularly Feudal Japan. Read more
Published on Dec 26 1998
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