"Three Outlaw Samurai" looks stunning on it's new Criterion released… More"Three Outlaw Samurai" looks stunning on it's new Criterion released Blu-ray and is showcasing Hideo Gosha's skill even during his first feature film! The story is simplistic and basic but is conveyed with such depth and beauty, it is far from just a standard samurai flick. The cinematography is beautiful and catches the beautiful backdrops and scenery as well as all the action going on throughout the struggles of the peasants and samurai. The film features detailed and realistic swordplay and is a pleasure to watch for the duration of the film. While the story is basic it is also very witty as well and puts the samurai honor code (Bushido for those of you in the know) on it's rear and challenges many traditional Japanese ideals. A key example is near the end of the film when all the evil samurai have been defeated all the peasants have to do is take the petition to the Lord who is right in front of them, yet no one steps up due to fear. In the end the three outlaw samurai have done great good and stood up for what's right but the peasants they fought for don't appreciate or step up to the plate and essentially made the three's struggle in vain. This realistic and poignant realization is quite unique and really says what the Director wants to say about people and culture.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto is the first look into The Samurai Trilogy… MoreSamurai I: Musashi Miyamoto is the first look into The Samurai Trilogy and at Toshiro Mifune's stunning portrayal as the legend himself! We are introduced to Miyamoto from the beginning and see that he has substantial skill but is also a short fused and uncontrollable man. Throughout the film he is betrayed and sold out but in the end its the young girl Otsu that saves him. Miyamoto is later imprisoned in an attic and told he must learn discipline and the way of the Samurai. After a few years he is released, but must be separated from Otsu once again in order to gain experience and knowledge in his travels. As the first film comes to a close we see Miyamoto walking off into the sunset and Otsu reading Miyamoto's farewell and forgive me inscriptions he carved into the bridge where moments before they had finally reunited.