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Sanjuro (1962)

Tsubaki Sanjûrô (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 7 May 1963 (USA)
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

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Hanbei Muroto
Keiju Kobayashi ...
The Spy
Yûzô Kayama ...
Iori Izaka
Reiko Dan ...
Chidori, Mutsuta's daughter
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Kurofuji
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Takebayashi
Takako Irie ...
Mutsuta's wife
Masao Shimizu ...
Kikui
Yûnosuke Itô ...
Mutsuta, the Chamberlain
Akira Kubo ...
Samurai
Hiroshi Tachikawa ...
Samurai
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Samurai
Kunie Tanaka ...
Samurai
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ...
Samurai
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A group of idealistic young men, determined to clean up the corruption in their town, are aided by a scruffy, cynical samurai who does not at all fit their concept of a noble warrior. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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When Sanjuro has to kill about a dozen of Kikui's men and then smacks three of the young samurai for forcing him to kill so many, Toshirô Mifune slapped the three young actors for real. As seen in the film, the slaps both surprised the actors and knocked them backwards. See more »

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When the Chamberlain's nephew goes to peek over the wall to check if Kikui's house is full of troops, he supports himself on the wall which bends slightly, belying its supposed sturdiness. See more »

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Iori Izaka: Let's follow them for now. Circumstances will decide whether we attack or not.
[to Sanjuro, who is lazing by the window, listening to their conversation]
Iori Izaka: What do you say?
Sanjûrô Tsubaki: It's a stupid plan, but some excitement might keep me awake.
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One of Kurosawa's most polished movies
23 May 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Tsubaki Sanjuro is, unfortunately, not so widely seen abroad (= outside Japan) as Yojinbo, probably because it was not copied as a western. In Japan, however, Tsubaki Sanjuro is not less popular than Yojinbo. Not a few Japanese actually prefer the former to the latter, and it's easy to see why: It is stylistically more polished and smarter than Yojimbo and Mifune is 'cooler' as well - he shows a brilliant leadership and every Mifune fan would be really delighted to see how his young, naive disciples run after him like chicks following the mother duck.

And while Yojinbo's female main character, Orin, is an evil and crafty woman, Lady Mutsuta in Tsubaki Sanjuro is 'irritatingly light-hearted'. But she has a deep insight into Sanjuro's personality and understands him far better than his male disciples. An excellent character, and, in fact, she is the only person in Tsubaki Sanjuro AND Yojinbo to whom Sanjuro/Mifune speaks in a polite form (in Japanese).

Tsubaki Sanjuro is, so to speak, a 'concentrate' of Kurosawa's cinematography and one sees in it every aspect of his greatness in a very compact form. Therefore no one could remake this movie.


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