Ganryujima (2003)

  |  Action, Drama


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4 September 2004 | kuuzo
| A New Take on Musashi
The famed Japanese swordsman Musashi of the 17th century (played by Motoki Masahiro) is not the violent yet philosophical Ronin that has been the typical version played out in every "Musashi" movie to date - This time he is a vulgar, violent, unintelligent and crude bully, with the personality of an insane homeless bum who is the center of his own megalomaniacal universe.

The movie focuses on a small (yet arguably the most famous) episode in his life - the duel with Sasaki Kojiro on Ganryu island. The way the characters are presented, Musashi is easily tagged as the villain, with Sasaki Kojiro as the honorable hero, however a new and almost comedic twist on the duel at the island, and the philosophical ending allows Miyamoto Musashi to retain his respected place in history. Not a great movie, however anyone with an interest in the swordsman should take a look at this interesting take on Musashi.

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Action | Drama


Release Date:

11 October 2003



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Filming Locations

Shizuoka, Japan

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