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Credited cast:
Hiroshi Abe ...  Gion Touji
Tôru Emori Tôru Emori ...  Akaneya Genzo
Takaaki Enoki Takaaki Enoki ...  Seijuro
Makoto Fujita Makoto Fujita ...  Yagyu Sekishusai
Ebizô Ichikawa ...  Miyamoto Musashi / ...
Rino Katase ...  Okou
Kazuo Kitamura Kazuo Kitamura ...  Tokugawa Ieyasu
Takeshi Kitano ...  Shinmen Munisai
Masahiro Matsuoka Masahiro Matsuoka ...  Sasaki Kojiro
Rie Miyazawa Rie Miyazawa ...  Oshino
Kiichi Nakai ...  Yagyu Munenori
Yukie Nakama Yukie Nakama ...  Yae / ...
Kanzaburô Nakamura Kanzaburô Nakamura ...  Terumasa Ikeda (as Kankuro Nakamura)
Isao Natsuyagi ...  Hosokawa Tadaoki
Baku Numata Baku Numata ...  Gaiki Ishimoda
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Orphaned when he was not yet ten, Musashi grows up skilled in the martial arts. During the Battle of Sekigahara, he fights on the side of the losing Toyotomi forces, but eludes the enemy as they hunt down the vanquished soldiers. He then spends years wandering the countryside mastering the sword. As his fame spreads throughout the nation, men seek him out to test their skills against him--most notably Sasaki Kojiro who faces Musashi in the ultimate duel at Ganryujima. Written by https://mydramalist.com/1996-musashi

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Japanese

Release Date:

5 February 2003 (Japan) See more »

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Color:

Color

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An exceptional samurai miniseries
11 January 2004 | by wsandersSee all my reviews

NHK's miniseries' are a guilty pleasure of mine - usually they are formulaic: a spunky hero or heroine overcomes obstacles; but they provide a peek inside daily Japanese life (or show business) that is hard to see even here at the Eastern nexus of the Pacific Rim. Medieval samurai epics are part of the repertoire - again, usually, a spunky hero overcomes obstacles, amid historical spectacle and medieval politics.

However, "Musashi" takes it to the next level. What's exceptional is Shinosuke Ichikawa's charismatic performance in the lead, recreating the body language and speech of the great samurai movie legends of the 50s and 60s, but with a modern love interest to give the series its necessary sentimental focus and an emotionally modern feel. There is a great supporting cast, and Ennio Morricone's dramatic music helps too.

This is 50-plus hours of television - if it airs in your town, tune in and get hooked. I missed the first few episodes, so I'm looking forward to finding this available on DVD somewhere.


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