Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

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Legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune turns in a stunning performance as a 17th century samurai who becomes an enlightened warrior of the highest order in his quest for supremacy in this breathtaking final installment of Hiroshi Inagaki's acclaimed samurai trilogy, arriving on DVD as part of Voyager's Criterion Collection. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan and featuring a Japanese Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English subtitles. Extra features are limited ...
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Legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune turns in a stunning performance as a 17th century samurai who becomes an enlightened warrior of the highest order in his quest for supremacy in this breathtaking final installment of Hiroshi Inagaki's acclaimed samurai trilogy, arriving on DVD as part of Voyager's Criterion Collection. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan and featuring a Japanese Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English subtitles. Extra features are limited to a theatrical trailer.
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Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy comes to a dramatic conclusion with part three, Duel at Ganryu Island. Musashi has tired of the adventurous life and so returns to his roots as a simple village farmer. His peace and tranquility are short-lived, however, as he must deal with the dueling affections of Otsu and Akemi, battle terrorizing brigands, and face a tough challenger in Kojiro Sasaki. Much more dramatically uneven than the first film, the plot takes more predictable turns this time around, is far less focused, and several important characters from the first two episodes are given short-shrift or are gone altogether (and the great Takashi Shimura, playing a new character, is wasted in what amounts to a cameo). The subplot involving bandits who make misery of the lives of the rural farmers comes off as far too similar to Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai, and the tacked-on climactic battle between Musashi and Kojiro seems almost an afterthought. Still, like parts one and two, Duel at Ganryu Island is at its best when focusing on Musashi, and the role continues to offer Toshiro Mifune plenty of opportunities to stretch his acting muscles. Physically and psychologically, Mifune undergoes a stunning transformation over the course of the three films, wild and buckish in part one, confident and swaggering in part two, and finally wearied but somewhat content in the final segment. The film, however, remains at its weakest when portraying its women characters. As complex and layered as Musashi is, Otsu and Akemi are shallow and at times insulting, coming dangerously close to harming the film's overall credibility. Taken as a whole, the Samurai trilogy is a remarkable achievement, and an underrated classic of the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/1998
  • UPC: 037429125625
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune Musashi Miyamoto
Koji Tsuruta Koijiro Sasaki
Kaoru Yachigusa Otsu
Michiko Saga Omitsu
Mariko Okada Akemi
Takashi Shimura Court Official
Daisuke Kato Toji
Kenji Iida Jotaro
Technical Credits
Hiroshi Inagaki Director, Screenwriter
Ikuma Dan Score Composer
Kisaku Ito Art Director
Kazuo Takimura Producer
Tokuhei Wakao Screenwriter
Kazuo Yamada Cinematographer
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Scene Index

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0. Chapters
1. Logos [:13]
2. Opening Credits [1:53]
3. Kojiro's "Clothes Rod." [2:59]
4. Priest Agon's defeat [4:16]
5. Musashi's torment [1:39]
6. Otsu's search [1:02]
7. Shogun's Edo headquarters [:37]
8. Kojiro vs. spearman Okaya [1:51]
9. Kojiro and Omitsu [3:03]
10. Okaya crippled [1:01]
11. "I must see Musashi." [:38]
12. Musashi's meditations [3:27]
13. Four dead samurai [1:01]
14. The Obana Strategic School [1:01]
15. Burying the dead [1:27]
16. Kojiro's challenge [4:45]
17. Lord Hosokawa's summons [1:57]
18. Spooking a challenger [3:58]
19. A new disciple [1:56]
20. The match is postponed [1:54]
21. Attacked by bandits [2:12]
22. Building a new life [1:48]
23. Akemi's disgrace [3:24]
24. Otsu finds Musashi [9:35]
25. Taken by the brigands [4:26]
26. Reconciliation [6:20]
27. Akemi betrays the village [1:52]
28. A tragic reunion [1:53]
29. An attack on Otsu [1:43]
30. Raid on the village [2:14]
31. A last embrace [2:22]
32. A challenge renewed [4:34]
33. Otsu returns [2:06]
34. Kojiro prepares [2:30]
35. Otsu and Musashi [5:18]
36. Journey to Ganryu Island [4:02]
37. Musashi vs. Kojiro [7:18]
38. Color Bars [:30]
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