Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

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Duel at Ganryu Island
Samurai III Duel at Ganryu Island poster.jpg
Japanese film poster
Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
Produced by Kazuo Takimura
Written by Hideji Hojo (play)
Hiroshi Inagaki
Tokuhei Wakao
Eiji Yoshikawa (novel)
Starring Toshiro Mifune
Koji Tsuruta
Music by Ikuma Dan
Distributed by Toho Studios
Release dates
  • 3 January 1956 (1956-01-03)[1]
Running time
105 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Samurai III: Duel At Ganryu Island (宮本武蔵完結編 決闘巌流島 Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettō Ganryūjima?) is a 1956 color Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki starring Toshirō Mifune. It is the third film of the Samurai Trilogy. The film is adapted from Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi. The novel is loosely based on the life of the famous Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi.

The preceding two parts of the trilogy are Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto and Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple.


Takezo (Musashi) abandons his life as a knight errant. He's sought as a teacher and vassal by Shogun, Japan's most powerful clan leader. He's also challenged to fight by the supremely confident and skillful Sasaki Kojiro. Takezo agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time but rejects Shogun's patronage, choosing instead to live on the edge of a village, raising vegetables. He's followed there by Otsu and later by Akemi, both in love with him. The year ends as Takezo assists the villagers against a band of brigands. He seeks Otsu's forgiveness and accepts her love, then sets off across the water to Ganryu Island for his final contest.



  1. ^ (Japanese) accessed 2 June 2009

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