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Samurai 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
     

Samurai 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

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Director: Hiroshi Inagaki

Cast: Yu Fujiki, Kuninori Kodo, Michiyo Kogure

 

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The second film of the famous Samurai trilogy comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This Criterion title is good enough to recommend the disc

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The second film of the famous Samurai trilogy comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This Criterion title is good enough to recommend the disc to anyone interested in Japanese cinema. Those who have grown accustomed to Criterion's superb quality will not be disappointed with this release.

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The second episode of Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy finds Takezo, newly dubbed Musashi Miyamoto, on a journey to establish his reputation as a samurai and doing battle with the Yoshioka clan. Considerably more introspective than the first film, there are plenty of action scenes, but Inagaki is more interested in Musashi's continuing evolution. Anger and brute force were his means of doing battle in part one, but here Musashi becomes a warrior and learns to measure his strength with compassion. Despite that description, the philosophical mumbo-jumbo is largely kept in check. Seijuro and Toji, minor characters from the first film, emerge as Musashi's principal opponents this time around, and another competitor, Kojiro, arrives on the scene. Inagaki possesses an enviable ability to take a plot that could easily descend into silliness and make it seem like deep stuff. Part of his success is due to his tendency to focus on his characters, making them believable within the context of this story. Another reason is his manner of keeping things unpredictable. Less impressive is how Inagaki draws his women characters. Otsu and Akemi are forever begging Musashi to love them and follow him all over Japan, living in destitution, just to be near him. This behavior is hard to swallow after a while and neither woman ever develops much teeth. (The good-hearted Otsu is presented as Musashi's true love, and Akemi, a much less sympathetic figure, is somewhat of a villainess). The color photography is even more impressive than the first film, and Inagaki wraps things up with an extended climactic duel that is both visually stunning and dramatically riveting. Samurai 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple defies the rules and turns out to be even more exciting than its predecessor, and puts the pieces in place for part three.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/1998
UPC:
0037429125526
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yu Fujiki Denshichiro Yoshioka
Kuninori Kodo Old Priest Nikkan
Michiyo Kogure Yoshino
Kuroemon Onoe Actor
Eijiro Tono Baiken Shishido
Toshiro Mifune Musashi Miyamoto
Akihiko Hirata Seijuro Yoshioka
Daisuke Kato Toji Gion
Mitsuko Mito Oko, Matahachi's mother
Mariko Okada Akemi
Sachio Sakai Matahachi Honiden
Koji Tsuruta Kojiro Sasaki
Kaoru Yachigusa Otsu

Technical Credits
Hiroshi Inagaki Director,Screenwriter
Asushi Atumoto Cinematographer
Ikuma Dan Score Composer
Kazuo Takimura Producer
Tokuhei Wakao Screenwriter
Jun Yasumoto Cinematographer

Scene Index

Chapters.
0. Chapters.
1. Logos. [:14]
2. Opening credits. [1:54]
3. Musashi's story retold. [2:19]
4. Sword vs. chain-and-sickle. [2:40]
5. Swordsmanship is chivalry. [2:15]
6. A young disiple. [1:13]
7. The Kyoto Bridge. [3:06]
8. Akemi and Seijuro Yoshioka. [2:29]
9. The Yoshioka School's disgrace. [6:30]
10. "Souls of samurai polished." [3:58]
11. The bystander. [1:58]
12. The rape of Akemi. [2:01]
13. Brief reunion. [3:24]
14. Ambush at Kyoto Bridge. [1:23]
15. Kojiro Sasaki and "Clothes Rod." [1:37]
16. Otsu's search. [3:17]
17. Shelter from Takuan. [1:46]
18. Akemi and Kojiro. [3:45]
19. The Yoshioka School's trespass. [2:20]
20. Lady Yoshino's guest. [3:49]
21. A duel is set. [2:44]
22. Denshichiro's challenge. [4:43]
23. Farewell to Lady Yoshino. [2:37]
24. Seijuro prepares for the duel. [2:34]
25. Oko deserts Akemi. [2:03]
26. Searching for Musashi. [3:13]
27. Kojiro intercedes. [2:30]
28. Otsu prepares to take the veil. [2:11]
29. An ambush prepared. [2:51]
30. Matahachi defeated. [3:22]
31. The road to Ichijoji Temple. [5:13]
32. Eighty against one. [7:17]
33. Seijuro vs. Musashi. [3:28]
34. The journey continues. [6:20]
35. Color bars. [:30]

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