Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

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Toshiro Mifune furiously embodies swordsman Musashi Miyamoto as he comes into his own in the action-packed middle section of the Samurai Trilogy. Duel at Ichijoji Temple furthers Miyamoto along his path to spiritual enlightenment, as well as further... read more
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Toshiro Mifune furiously embodies swordsman Musashi Miyamoto as he comes into his own in the action-packed middle section of the Samurai Trilogy. Duel at Ichijoji Temple furthers Miyamoto along his path to spiritual enlightenment, as well as further from the arms of the two women who love him: loyal Otsu (Kaoru Yachigusa) and conniving yet tragic Akemi (Mariko Okada). The film also brings him face to face with hordes of rivals intent on cutting him down, especially his legendary rival Kojiro (Koji Tsuruta). The titular climax is one of Japanese cinema’s most rousingly choreographed conflicts, intensified by Jun Yasumoto’s color cinematography and Ikuma Dan’s triumphant score.

Original Release

07/12/1955

US Release

10/20/1967

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Cast

Koji Tsuruta Kojiro Sasaki
Kaoru Yachigusa Otsu
Mariko Okada Akemi
Michiyo Kogure Lady Yoshino / Dayu Yoshino
Akihiko Hirata Seijuro Yoshioka
Mitsuko Mito Oko, Akemi's mother
Daisuke Katô Toji Gion
Kuroemon Onoe Priest Takuan
Sachio Sakai Matahachi Honiden
Ko Mihashi Koetsu Honami
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Hiroshi Inagaki

Writers

Tokuhei Wakao, Hiroshi Inagaki, Hideji Hôjô, Eiji Yoshikawa

Cast

Koji Tsuruta Kojiro Sasaki
Kaoru Yachigusa Otsu
Mariko Okada Akemi
Michiyo Kogure Lady Yoshino / Dayu Yoshino
Akihiko Hirata Seijuro Yoshioka
Mitsuko Mito Oko, Akemi's mother
Daisuke Katô Toji Gion
Kuroemon Onoe Priest Takuan
Sachio Sakai Matahachi Honiden
Ko Mihashi Koetsu Honami
Kokuten Kôdô Old Priest Nikkan
Toshirô Mifune Musashi Miyamoto / Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Yû Fujiki Denshichiro Yoshioka
Machiko Kitagawa Kogure
Eiko Miyoshi Osugi, Matahachi's mother
Eijirô Tôno Baiken Shishido
Kenjin Iida Jotaro
Akira Tani Kawara-no-Gonroku
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshioka samurai
Keiko Kondo

Producers

Editors

Eiji Ooi

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