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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
sight: the more one wins, the more futile it all seems - or, as a samurai master in a
Kurosawa film put it: 'The most skilful sword never leaves its sheath.'3 Images of
Musashi vary a great deal. In the last scene of one film we see him running ...
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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