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“All that counts is the strength of the sword', he claims. His master, watching
Musashi, replies: 'It is not the sword that must be polished but the soul." When
Musashi goes off, alone, to the island where their final duel is to take place, he is
With tears in his eyes, Tsuruta plunges his sword deep into his friend's heart.
Covered in blood he rushes down the stairs and meets Wakatomi's little son (
there is nothing like a child to produce the three handkerchiefs). His face is a
One of the most typical nihirisuto heroes of the bakumatsu is the protagonist of a
story, filmed many times, entitled 'The Great Buddha Pass' ('Daibosatsu Toge'):
Tsukue Ryunosuke, a roaming sword-fighter whose only purpose in life is to kill ...
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BEHIND THE MASK: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters And Other Japanese Cultural HeroesUser Review - Kirkus
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