George S. Ledyard wrote:
The Samurai Trilogy starring Mifune again (the story of Miyamoto Musashi) is also high on the list.
I can't believe that I missed that off of my list!
Based on an excellent book too (Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa)
Last year NHK dramatised the book in some 40 or 50 episodes. I am currently enjoying them as I slowly wade through the pile of videos provided by my father in-law.