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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 medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A timeless masterpiece See more (51 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 Kongô ... Shiono
Shôzô Nanbu ... Masasue Taira
Ryônosuke Azuma ... Landlord
Saburô Date ... Kimpei
Sumao Ishihara ... Yakko
Ichirô Amano ... Guard
Yukio Horikita ... Jiro
Hachirô Ôkuni ... 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 Itô 
 
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
Uichirô Yamamoto .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Iwao Ôtani .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
En'nosuke 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)
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Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.See more »
Quotes:
Zushiô:[quoting his father] "Without mercy, man is not a human being."See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A timeless masterpiece, 24 September 2007
Author: Ron Chow from Ottawa, Canada

The first time I saw this film was when I was in university. It impressed me greatly then. Watching it again recently invoked the same emotion - I was deeply saddened by the horrific acts one human can do to the other. And guess what, a century later the human race has not really advanced that much in this area.

While the film also highlights the noble side of us - compassion and mercy to the weak, maintenance of integrity amid suffering - it is the downside of it that gets me. I finished the movie feeling depressed, as I did several decades ago.

Super B/W photography, a good story, and masterly directing by Mizoguchi make this a classic film of all time. Find an evening when you yearn for artistic fulfillment, and yet are prepared to pay an emotional price for it. Highly recommended for the serious film buffs.

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