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Eiji Yoshikawa's MUSASHI

Postby Jet_Jaguar » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:39 +0000

Has anyone here ever read the novel Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa? I read about it in this article; it sounds like something that would be of interest to UY fans.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/brain-diving/2011-07-12

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http://www.amazon.com/Musashi-Eiji-Yosh ... 982&sr=1-1
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Postby Steve Hubbell » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:43 +0000

Great book! It has been called the Japanese "Gone With The Wind".

It was also published as a five book paperback series with the following titles....

Book 1: The Way of the Samurai
Book 2: The Art of War
Book 3: The Way of the Sword
Book 4: The Bushido Code
Book 5: The Way of Life and Death

It is the basis of director Hiroshi Inagaki's popular 3-part film series starring Toshiro Mifune, easily available on DVD.

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)


The series of films by director Tomu Uchida and which starred actor Kinnosuke Nakamura actually follows the book a lot more closely.

Miyamoto Musashi: Zen and Sword (1961)
Miyamoto Musashi: Showdown at Hannyazaka Heights (1962)
Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of the Two Sword Style (1963)
Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijoji (1964)
Musashi Miyamoto: The Duel at Ganryu Island (1965)
Musashi Miyamoto: Swords of Death (1971)

Even though Swords of Death was made after The Duel of Ganyryu Island (where the famous duel between Musashi and Kojiro took place), it is actually set third in the series. It is also the only one of the Uchida/Nakamura Musashi films not commercially available in the US on DVD.

Eiji Yoshikawa's book ends after the duel between Musashi and Kojiro, which is usually the climax of most films about Musashi since they are usually based upon the book to some degree or other.

"Sorekara no Musashi" (Further Tales of Musashi), a novel by Katsukiro Kouyama, picks up the story of Musashi after the famous duel with Kojiro and recounts his life over the course of a some more duels (one of which is against a european swordsman), his time as a teacher, the writing of The Book of Five Rings, and eventually his death.

I have not read Sorekara no Musashi, but I have seen one of the television mini-series based upon it. (I wish I could find a copy of the earlier Kinnosuke Nakamura version which had been made) Last time I looked, there was not an english translation of the book that I could find reference to.
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Re: Eiji Yoshikawa's MUSASHI

Postby Steve Hubbell » Mon Jul 23, 2012 23:05 +0000

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MIYAMOTO MUSASHI – SWORDSMAN OF THE 2 SWORD STYLE (Kengo Nitoryu)
1956 – B&W - 94 min. Academy Standard (4:3) – Bonus features
Starring: KATAOKA Chiezo, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke
Directed by: MATSUDA Teiji

SWORDSMAN OF THE 2-SWORD STYLE tells the story of Japan’s greatest warrior after his historic duel with Sasaki Kojiro on Ganryu Island. Starting on the island as Kojiro waits for Musashi to arrive for their scheduled match and continuing through Musashi’s journey to Kyushu, the master must face many foes who have set out to avenge Kojiro’s defeat. From formal challenges to surprise attacks, Musashi faces death time after time… but will his luck run out at the end? A tremendous tale starring the great Kataoka Chiezo in his signature role as Miyamoto Musashi, a swordsman who symbolized the best that Japan has to offer.

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Re: Eiji Yoshikawa's MUSASHI

Postby Jet_Jaguar » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:17 +0000

Thanks for mentioning these movies, I watched the new Criterion Blu-Ray of the Inagaki trilogy last week (I highly recommend it, BTW), and I'd be interested in seeing more movies about Miyamoto Musashi.
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The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

Postby go » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:32 +0000

Dear Readers,
If you are looking for an excellent book on Miyamoto Musashi,
you may enjoy The Lone Samurai by William Scott Wilson.
You may already know him as the translator of The Book of Five Rings, Hagakure and The Unfettered Mind.
http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Samurai-Life ... ne+samurai
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Re: The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

Postby Jet_Jaguar » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:06 +0000

go wrote:Dear Readers,
If you are looking for an excellent book on Miyamoto Musashi,
you may enjoy The Lone Samurai by William Scott Wilson.
You may already know him as the translator of The Book of Five Rings, Hagakure and The Unfettered Mind.
http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Samurai-Life ... ne+samurai
Best wishes to all,
go


The Criterion Samurai Trilogy DVD/Blu-Ray has videos in which he speaks about each movie.
"It doesn't matter whom you are paired against;
your opponent is always yourself."

-Nakamura (via Joe R. Lansdale's Mucho Mojo)
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Re: Eiji Yoshikawa's MUSASHI

Postby Steve Hubbell » Tue Jul 24, 2012 21:22 +0000

Here is a review of the Animeigo’s ‘Miyamoto Musashi’ Boxed Set collecting five of the 6 films directed by Tomu Uchida and starring Kinnosuke Nakamura in the role of Musashi.

Miyamoto Musashi Box Set review

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Available from Animeigo for $49.99 with free shipping (on orders over $35.00)
Animeigo Product Page

Kinnosuke Nakamura also played the role of Itto Ogami in the television version of Lone Wolf and Cub during the 70's.

EDIT:
If you place an order for the Musashi box set, spend an extra $12.99 and get Revenge (Adauchi) which also stars Kinnosuke Nakamura - it is an awesome film....
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