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Director:
Writers:
Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
7 May 1963 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Toshirô Mifune ... Sanjûrô Tsubaki / The Samurai

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Hanbei Muroto
Keiju Kobayashi ... The Spy
Yûzô Kayama ... Iori Izaka
Reiko Dan ... Chidori, Mutsuta's daughter

Takashi Shimura ... 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
Akihiko Hirata ... Samurai
Toranosuke Ogawa
Sachio Sakai
Kenzô Matsui ... Samurai
Toshiko Higuchi
Tatsuhiko Namisato ... Samurai
Yutaka Sada ... Murota samurai
Shin Ôtomo
Shôichi Hirose
Minoru Itô
Kôji Uruki
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi
Fuminori Ôhashi

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) &
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay)

Shûgorô Yamamoto (novel "Nichinichi heian")

Produced by
Ryûzô Kikushima .... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Fukuzo Koizumi 
Takao Saitô 
 
Production Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
 
Sound Department
Wataru Konuma .... sound recordist
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ichirô Inohara .... lighting technician
Katsuhiro Kato .... assistant camera
 
Other crew
Ryû Kuze .... fencing advisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Tsubaki Sanjûrô" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
For the first time, Akira Kurosawa himself appeared in the trailer for one of his films, showing him in a scene on set rehearsing with the cast.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Sanjûrô Tsubaki:If it sounds to good to be true it usually is.See more »
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28 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Physchology of leadership, the senselessness of war, 27 August 2002
Author: Dmitri David Krasik from Boston, USA

Leadership. Sanjuro is able to lead men because he appears confident, and is confident. His presence subjugates men, as a man's presence subjugates boys. We see here how a group comes to have a leader. First one man stands out against him, the competitor for leadership, but Sanjuro's intuition and actions put him ahead. There is a beautiful marked difference between Sanjuro and the men. He is the lazy quiet tiger, seemingly passive yet containing an immense power - a tightly drawn bow. The men are barking puppies, energy spilling over, but to no good end.

Kurosawa presents a couple challenges to the viewer. THere is a terrible absurdity in the killing of all these men, for it becomes quiet clear with the symbol of the prisoner, that the average soldier is a frightened herd animal, not good or evil, but cowardly. Sanjuro recognizes this but has no choice, for he wants to live, and so must kill. Thus he must even kill the young men who he helps, when they foolishly come after him. The prisoner is won over by the old lady - so we see an almost christian ethic. In the tensions of the film one feels that the people, riled up by lies to fight for the enemy, quickly become targets of the just young men's swords - luckily it does not come to this, but one recognizes the horrible possibility and inevitability of such a struggle. Thus we are faced with a critic of war - men, scared like cattle battle under the flag of corrupt leaders, and those that may love them must kill them, if they are not to die by sword, or become slaves to tyrants.

"stupid friends are worse than enemies" For you know who your enemies are, and that they wish to destroy you.

In Sanjuro we also see the soldier, so long in battle that he is unable to live a normal life. He can not wear the house kimoto, he is to bound up in fighting - he is samuri, warrior, and he cannot escape this, much as Achilles cannot return home to Pthia. And we sense Sanjuro must whilt in the easy domestic life, for his is the road of struggle. The pleasant scent of the straw in the barn, the pretty camillias are still able to touch him, but he cannot enjoy them; he is a soldier, and therefore his sensitivities must yeild to the demands of war.

We see only one man worthy standing with Sanjuro, and that is the uncle, the chamberlain, the horseface. These to stand out as burning stars against a massive black sky - the rest is horrifying; the chaos of tyranical men and the fear crazed soldiers, their supplicants.

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