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Director:
Writers:
Fuji Yahiro (screenplay)
Yoshikata Yoda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1955 (USA) See more »
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A film of unparalleled beauty by the great Japanese Master Kenji Mizoguchi
Plot:
In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
"Sansho the Bailiff's cinematic story structure feels ahead of its time. See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kinuyo Tanaka ... Tamaki
Yoshiaki Hanayagi ... Zushiô
Kyôko Kagawa ... Anju
Eitarô Shindô ... Sanshô dayû
Akitake Kôno ... Taro
Masao Shimizu ... Masauji Taira
Ken Mitsuda ... Prime Minister Fujiwara
Kazukimi Okuni ... Norimura
Yôko Kosono ... Kohagi
Kimiko Tachibana ... Namiji
Ichirô Sugai ... Minister of Justice
Teruko Ômi ... Nakagimi
Masahiko Kato ... Young Zushio
Keiko Enami ... Young Anju
Bontarô Akemi ... Kichiji
Chieko Naniwa ... Ubatake
Kikue Môri ... Priestess
Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Ritsushi Kumotake
Kanji Koshiba ... Kaikudo Naito
Shinobu Araki ... Sadaya
Reiko Kongo ... Shiono
Shôzô Nanbu ... Masasue Taira
Ryonosuke Azuma ... Landlord
Saburô Date ... Kimpei
Sumao Ishihara ... Yakko
Ichirô Amano ... Guard
Yukio Horikita ... Jiro
Hachiro Okuni ... Saburo Miyazaki
Jun Fujikawa ... Kanamaru
Akiyoshi Kikuno ... Guard
Sôji Shibata ... Sado Man
Akira Shimizu ... Slave Trader
Goro Nakanishi ... Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naoki Fujima
Sachio Horikita
Eiji Ishikura ... Farmer #1
Midori Komatsu ... Harbour's lady
Keiko Koyanagi
Kazuko Maeda
Tokio Oki ... Harbour's man
Shiro Ozaki ... Farmer #3
Akira Shiga ... Farmer #2
Sachiko Sôma ... Sugano

Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ogai Mori  short story "Sanshô dayû"
Fuji Yahiro  screenplay
Yoshikata Yoda  screenplay

Produced by
Masaichi Nagata .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fumio Hayasaka 
Kinshichi Kodera 
Tamekichi Mochizuki 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Miyagawa 
 
Film Editing by
Mitsuzô Miyata 
 
Production Design by
Hisakazu Tsuji 
 
Art Direction by
Kisaku Ito 
 
Set Decoration by
Kosaburô Nakajima 
 
Costume Design by
Shima Yoshizane  (as Shima Yoshimi)
 
Makeup Department
Ritsu Hanai .... hair stylist
Masanori Kobayashi .... makeup artist (as M. Kobayashi)
 
Production Management
Hiroshi Ozawa .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tokuzô Tanaka .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Akira Naitô .... assistant art director
Uichiro Yamamoto .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Iwao Ôtani .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ennosuke Asada .... still photographer
Yasuo Iwamoto .... lighting technician
Kenichi Okamoto .... gaffer
Shôzô Tanaka .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yoshio Ueno .... costume researcher
 
Other crew
Yoshikazu Fujiwara .... architecture researcher
Emi Kimura .... archivist
Genjirô Nakamura .... stage manager
Tasaburô Oota .... background design
Hiroshi Shibata .... movement director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sanshô dayû" - Japan (original title)
"Legend of Bailiff Sansho" - USA (alternative title)
"The Bailiff" - USA
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Runtime:
124 min
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Trivia:
'Kenji Mizoguchi' left the composer alone to do the music. He also did that before in his previous films Ugetsu Monogatari as much as Chikamatsu Monogatari.See more »
Quotes:
Taro:Even children as young as you are sold and bought, treated like animals, and nobody questions it. What a horrible world.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Littlest Warrior (1961)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"Sansho the Bailiff's cinematic story structure feels ahead of its time., 30 July 2013
Author: Sergeant_Tibblash from Suffolk, England

Sansho the Bailiff is a film that feels like it's all themes, archetypes and story structure and the content and characters are near interchangeable. However, this is a blessing and a curse. Despite being based on a traditional story, the cinematic structure feels way ahead of its time and the kind of layered stuff we see in the best contemporary cinema. It all clicks into place but I can't help but wish the characters were more well developed. It's only after the half way mark where we finally land on a protagonist to take us to the end. Nevertheless, the sorrowful emotion and the themes of oppression still poke through sharply and it's message of being an honourable man retains its power. Perhaps it's one of the ultimate films that show the protagonist winning, but at what cost. Mizoguchi is definitely a great filmmaker, his style is very controlled and cinematic, but with this and Ugetsu, I can't help but feel his films don't hit me as hard as they could do.

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