Hiroshi Inagaki

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

A disillusioned Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro Mifune) has turned his back on the samurai life, becoming a farmer in a remote village, while his nemesis Kojiro (Koji Tsuruta) now works for the shogun. Circumstances bring them back together for one final face-off. Though it’s marked by a memorably intense final battle sequence, the rousing conclusion to the Samurai Trilogy is engaged with matters of the heart as well, as Miyamoto must ask himself what it is that makes a warrior and a man.

Film Info

  • Japan
  • 1956
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #16

Available In

Collector's Set

The Samurai Trilogy

The Samurai Trilogy

Blu-ray Box Set

2 Discs


Collector's Set

The Samurai Trilogy

The Samurai Trilogy

DVD Box Set

3 Discs


Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Toshiro Mifune
Musashi Miyamoto
Koji Tsuruta
Kojiro Sasaki
Kaoru Yachigusa
Mariko Okada
Michiko Saga
Takashi Shimura
Court official Sado Nagaoka
Minoru Chiaki
Daisuke Kato
Toji Gion
Haruo Tanaka
Kichijiro Ueda
Priest Ogon
Kokuten Kodo
Priest Nikkan
Hiroshi Inagaki
Kazuo Takimura
Tokuhei Wakao
Hiroshi Inagaki
From Hideji Hojo's adaptation of Musashi, by
Eiji Yoshikawa
Art direction
Hiroshi Ueda
Art direction
Kisaku Ito
Tsuruzo Nishikawa
Masanobu Miyazaki
Ikuma Dan


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Akira Kurosawa once said, “The ordinary Japanese actor might need ten feet of film to get across an impression. Toshiro Mifune needed only three feet.” The filmmaker certainly gave Mifune a lot of space, however: over the course of sixteen collaborations, the actor and the director created some of the most dynamic characters ever put on-screen, all marked by an intense physicality and a surprising tenderness. Kurosawa first took note of the handsome actor when Mifune was twenty-seven, during an open audition at Toho Studios; he was soon cast in Snow Trail (1947), a film Kurosawa wrote for director Senkichi Taniguchi. Just one year later, Kurosawa gave him the lead in Drunken Angel as a consumptive gangster. Mifune proceeded to inhabit a variety of deeply felt roles for Kurosawa, including an artist hounded by paparazzi (Scandal); a bandit who may or not be a rapist and murderer (Rashomon); a loose cannon ronin who reluctantly protects a village (Seven Samurai); an elderly patriarch terrified of a second nuclear attack (I Live in Fear); and, probably most iconically, the wily, shiftless samurai Yojimbo. Mifune is known for more than his work with Kurosawa; see him in Hiroshi Inagaki’s Oscar-winning Samurai Trilogy and Masaki Kobayashi’s Samurai Rebellion. But it is Kurosawa’s greatest films that are most unimaginable without Mifune’s bravado streaking across them like lightning. The pair parted ways professionally in 1965.