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(1961)

Plot Summary

  • Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father's opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of innkeeper's abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him.

    - Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>
  • Sanjuro Kuwabatake is a samurai without a master, drifting without any specific destination. He arrives in a small village, dominated by two lords: Seibei, who produces silk, and Ushitora, who produces sake. Both of them explore gambling, and uses fugitive gangster for the protection of their business. They are constantly fighting against each other. Sanjuro offers his service of bodyguard for both of them and waits for the best offer.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm

Synopsis

In the late 19th century, a "ronin" (Toshiro Mifune) (a samurai without a master) wanders down a dusty path...

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