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Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1955)





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Legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto's dreams of military glory end in betrayal, defeat, and a fugitive lifestyle. But he is saved by a woman who loves him and a cunning priest who guides him to the samurai path.

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Toshiro Mifune
as Musashi Miyamoto (Takezo)
Rentaro Mikuni
as Honiden Matahachi
Kuroemon Onoe
as Takuan Osho
Akihiko Hirata
as Seijuro Yoshioka
Kusuo Abe
as Temma Tsujikaze
Eitarô Ozawa
as Terumasa Ikeda
Akira Tani
as Kawarano-Gonroku
Seijiro Onda
as Chief Official
Fumito Matsuo
as Petty Official
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Critic Reviews for Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

All Critics (4)

Whether he is weeping, fighting, making love, [Toshiro Mifune] is consistent with the character of Musashi. As often as he is on the screen, you'll never have enough of him.

July 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Mifune, the archetypal on-screen samurai, imbues his [performance] with nuanced internal conflict, self- loathing externalised with flailing violence and misdirected anger.

January 17, 2017 | Rating: 5/5

Ingaki does a nice job in blending together battle sequences with plot and character development.

May 28, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Aggressively plunging into a rich story and never relenting, Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto provides the same snappy pacing and riveting battle sequences that made Akira Kurosawa legendary.

September 10, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto


I must be in the minority, but I think this is a really dull movie chalk full of wasted talent. The poor and uninspired direction really ruin the movie, no time is spent on the glorious landscapes, sets and costumes. That would be acceptable if the story was taken as the focus, but even that lacks intrigue. In the end, it's a very jumbled movie. Toshiro Mifune is really the only part that I would say is above average, he always manages to be an interesting screen presence.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

good film. see mifune defeat 50 swordsman using only a stick! it just me or is he still playing the fool from seven samurai? pt 1 of a that's 3 i'm in the midst of lol. this one covers takezo's origin and the beginning of his training as a samurai

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


It was hard to get my hands on, but I finally got it on dvd! Mifune is the best choice for the role of Musashi Miyamoto. This is the firs part of a trilogy.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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