The first episode of the trilogy covers Miyamoto's formative years, as he emerges from rural obscurity to search for fame and glory in civil war, but returns home a broken man. Brought back to sanity through the love of a warm hearted girl, she persuades him to place himself under the spiritual guidance of an unorthodox Buddhist priest. His methods of teaching the ways of enlightenment would make the fiercest of Zen masters seem positively gentle. Gaining in spiritual stature and insight, Miyamoto is forced to choose between settling for domestic happiness or continuing his search for perfection in the art of the sword.
This film is virtually unwatchable in this print. The colour has deteriorated significantly and in the many night time scenes it is so poor that all you can see are shadows moving around in the sludge - you cannot make out what is going on. If you really want to watch this film seek out a better print.