Samurai Trilogy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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The Samurai Trilogy is in dire need to be digitally remastered.
But I guess it's still worth buying.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 21 2004
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
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 morePublished on June 8 2004 by A. Grossman
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 Dan Gayle
About the first episode there isn't much to say; Oscar for the best foreign film and so on, it is really, really brilliant. Read morePublished on March 10 1999