With her first love that unfolded in the battlefield in her heart, and with a short sword and a pillbox as her weapons, female gambler Okatsu the Tiger Lily travels from gambling site to gambling site.
The film begins when the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is still named Shinmen Takezo. After being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo and his friend manage to escape and come across a young woman and her mother.
The remake of Yoshikawa's novel continues with the second installment in which Takezo, soon to be Miyamoto Musashi, emerges from the Himeji Castle after three years of intense contemplation... See full summary »
In the third installment of Yoshikawa's novel Musashi, things continue from the 2nd film at the end of battle, where Miyamoto continues on a mission of learning; with the introduction of ... See full summary »
In the fourth installment, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent Kojiro jumps in and out of the story at the oddest and most coincidental moments. As his great love Otsu has succumbed to ... See full summary »
The fifth and final installment with the build up of the epic battle between Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi. With all the familiar characters making appearances: Otsu (Musashi's great ... See full summary »
In Osaka during the Edo period, ruler Sanada Yukimura was in losing position. Fearing Toyotomi's blood descendants would end, he impregnates one Shinano female ninja with the seed of Toyotomi in hopes of continuing the bloodline.
Having been addicted to the series for 50 years, you can imagine my delight in discovering this movie length cinematic feature.
I'm proud to own a copy but mine has no dubbing nor subtitles. Perhaps evidence of my devotion is that I've watched it innumerable times without understanding one word of the dialogue. The chemistry, action and themes however, so familiar from 50 years of devotion, are timeless and most welcome. The TV series cast reprise their roles in this Japanese classic.
What a treat to see Shintaro, Tombei and Kongo dispensing their brand of martial action with a cinematic budget. The choreography and production values are fantastic. To a die hard fan like me, this is a priceless addition to my collection. see if you can grab a copy. There's another movie too but I can't tell you the name. To have discovered this is to look back into my memories and see something new. How often can you claim that?
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