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Tsubaki Sanjûrô
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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
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tsubaki Sanjûrô" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Mutsuta's wife is shown to have what appears to be blackened teeth. This was a common type of fashion, especially with Courtiers in the Imperial Court.See more »
Goofs:
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:Stupid friends are dangerous.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV)See more »

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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The master in a lighter mode, 21 September 2000
Author: gcameron from Los Angeles

Sanjuro is not one of Kurosawa's great films, but it shows him relaxed and having fun, deconstructing the jidai-geki (samurai film) genre with tongue firmly in cheek.

The film lacks the meticulous visual style of Yojimbo, but it is very well photographed, with some extremely fluid cinematography and those effortlessly artful group compositions that only Kurosawa seems to be able to do. The plot is a little exposition-heavy, but it's always swift-moving and never comes close to taking itself seriously.

Watching Toshiro slice apart all those enemies in the various battle scenes with nary a bloodstain in sight, I did find myself wishing the folks at Toho had sprung for a few squibs. But all is set right in the brilliant final swordfight, which is worth the price of admission.

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