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Sanjuro (1962)

Tsubaki Sanjûrô (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 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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Akira Kurosawa's Powerful and Newest Japanese Masterpiece


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All of the camellias used in the film were artificial. The leaves were real and taken from a Sakai plant. Every morning before shooting, the leaves were replaced to prevent them from looking old. See more »

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Sanjûrô Tsubaki: Stupid friends are dangerous.
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Better than most in the genre, even if not a 'masterpiece' for Kurosawa
22 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sanuro, the sequel (or prequel, more likely a sequel though) to Akira Kurosawa's 1961 classic Yojimbo, brings us Toshiro Mifune to one of his most memorable characters, as he helps out (begrudgingly but, for the audience, funny way of help) with a group of would-be samurai trying to fight a corrupt man trying to gain power. With this film, Kurosawa delivers if not more than the same amount of violence (with one of his finest scenes of which towards the very end), and Mifune along with co-stars are believable and make for an entertaining ride. For those who are not familiar with Kurosawa and look to start, this and Yojimbo are the best starting points.

But to say that it is not one of Kurosawa's very best is not entirely a dis-service to him. One flaw for me was that the story was not very clear on the first viewing, or at least as clear as what I'm used to from him (then again, the samurai genre is one I've only started to dig into). But a second viewing brought it clearer, and was even more suspenseful and amusing. That it is not as satirical (or perhaps it is) than what I had heard is not a minus however. The best that can be said that it is highly watchable, and could grow on those looking for a samurai film with more based on character than on immediate, flowing blood-shed and carnage. The least that can be said is that it does not compromise artistry and thoughtfulness for mediocrity. Grade: A


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