2011 NHK 7 Episode Mini Series
Directors: Sato Mineyo, Fukui Mitsuhiro
Cast: Sakai Masato, Hira Takehiro, Kuriyama Chiaki, Kyono Kotomi, Nakamura Kinnosuke as Urabe Yoshikawa Akikata
Before Miyamoto Musashi, there was the legendary swordsman Tsukahara Bokuden!!
Tsukahara Bokuden (ňíÜňÄč ňŹťń╝Ł?, 1489 - March 6, 1571) was a famous swordsman of the early Sengoku period. He was widely regarded as a Kensei (sword saint). He was the founder of a new Kashima style of fencing, and served as an instructor of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshiteru and Ise provincial governor Tomonori Kitabatake.
Bokuden learned the Tenshin Sh┼Źden Katori Shint┼Ź-ry┼ź from his adopted father and later honed his skills by engaging in musha shugy┼Ź (warrior's ascetic training), traveling throughout Japan and training with most of the skillful and knowledgeable swordsmen of the day. Tsukahara Bokuden was the classic knight-errant; a rich nobleman, he travelled the Japanese countryside, often with a full entourage. He later systematized the teaching of the Kashima area's local martial arts, including such approaches to combat as Kashima no tachi and Ichi no tachi. After allegedly receiving a divine inspiration from Takemikazuchi no kami, the deity of Kashima Shrine, he named his martial system as Kashima Shint┼Ź-ry┼ź. He also, for a brief period, called his system Mutekatsu-ry┼ź ("winning without hands").
Bokuden would change his world view and came to believe that the merit of not fighting far outweighed the benefits of killing one´┐Żs opponents, a philosophy that was unusual in his day but is generally accepted today by martial artists of most styles throughout the world.
2011 Color 16:9 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN 7 Episodes 2 Disc set
Japanese with English subtitles.