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'Samurai: The Legend of Musashi'

September 06, 1998|Kevin Thomas

This is an exceedingly rare opportunity to see one of the screen's great epics in its five-and-a-half-hour entirety; a condensation won the best foreign film Oscar in 1956. Hiroshi Inagaki's version of that master swordsman Mushashi Miyamoto (the peerless Toshiro Mifune) involves Musashi's quest for martial honors, then spiritual enlightenment and a subsequent discovery of the importance of the code of chivalry has definite parallels with Arthurian legend and embodies the highest human aspirations of all peoples (Bravo Monday at 8 a.m.).

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