Criterion: Muhomatsu, the Rickshaw Man (****) – Life in your own lane

See this film if you want to smile, but don't expect to go away with the idea that stoicism is easy. Even if Mifune makes it seem that way.

Criterion: Samurai III: Duel At Ganryu Island (****) settles down

The last installment of the trilogy narrowly avoids greatness by concentrating on the love story. It's not that any of the storylines are done poorly. On the contrary, they're about as evocative as was possible at the time.

Criterion: Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple – is giant

Musashi's presence is undeniable as the burgeoning samurai. His is one of the giant characters in episodic history, every bit worth the value of the legend he represents.