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1955 (USA) See more »
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A film of unparalleled beauty by the great Japanese Master Kenji Mizoguchi
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Luminous See more (39 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
Soji 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
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Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ogai Mori  story "Sanshô dayû"
Fuji Yahiro 
Yoshikata Yoda 

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
"The Bailiff" - USA
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124 min
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Trivia:
'Kenji Mizoguchi' initially intended to center the film around Sansho, the Slavelord. However, the film ended up with the sad story of Zushio and Anju as its narrative, dramatic center.See more »
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Taro:Even children as young as you are sold and bought, treated like animals, and nobody questions it. What a horrible world.See more »
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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Luminous, 23 November 2002
Author: allan825 from Colorado Springs

Luminous...painterly...haunting...devastating...in terms of both substance and style, a cinematic achievement of the very highest order. Like all great works of art, it is incomparable, although it would not be misleading to place it in the company of the very best of Renoir, Ford, and Kurosawa. It has the same kind of compassionate humanism, high-caliber storytelling, and effortless-seeming mastery of the medium...the same generosity.

I prefer this film even to the great (and much better-known) Ugetsu. And I know now why Welles once said that Mizoguchi "can't be praised enough, really." I hope one day this film will be as well known as it deserves to be.

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