Duel At Ichijoji Temple
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Martial Arts / Action (1954) 141 minutes ~ Color
After years on the road, establishing his reputation as Japan's greatest fencer, Takezo, returns to Kyoto. Otsu waits for him, yet he has come not for her, but to challenge the leader of the region's finest school of fencing. To prove his valor and skill, he walks deliberately into ambushes set up by the school's followers. While Otsu waits, Akemi also seeks him, expressing her desires directly. Meanwhile, Takezo is observed by Sasaki Kojiro, a brilliant young fighter, confident he can dethrone Takezo. After leaving Kyoto in triumph, Takezo declares his love for Otsu, but in a way that dishonors her, and shames him. Once again, he leaves, alone.
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Writers: Hideji Hôjô (play), Hiroshi Inagaki, Tokuhei Wakao and Eiji Yoshikawa (novel)
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Koji Tsuruta, Mariko Okada, Kaoru Yachigusa, Michiyo Kogure, Mitsuko Mito, Akihiko Hirata