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Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (12A)

A rare screening of the first film in Hiroshi Inagaki’s acclaimed Samurai series, as part of the BFI's Japan 2021 season. Introduced by Dr Lin Feng, University of Leicester.

This screening is introduced by Dr Lin Feng, lecturer in film studies and Director of Studies of History of Art and Film at the University of Leicester.


Join us for a rare screening of the first film in Hiroshi Inagaki’s acclaimed Samurai series.


In this first part of the epic trilogy, Toshiro Mifune thunders onto the screen as the iconic title character. When we meet him, Miyamoto is a wide-eyed romantic, dreaming of military glory in the civil war that is ravaging the seventeenth-century countryside.


Twists of fate turn him into a fugitive, but he is saved by a woman who loves him and a cunning priest who guides him to the samurai path.


Though the opening instalment of a series, this film stands on its own. Lushly photographed in colour, it won an Academy Award for the best foreign-language film of 1955.


Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk


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