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Sanjuro -- Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed Sanjuro. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a "proper" samurai on its ear.


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Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
7 May 1963 (USA) See more »
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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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
Fukuzô 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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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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The music played over the opening title is the main theme from Yojimbo (1961).See more »
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 »
Iori Izaka:[recounting his story about his falling out with his ugly-yet-noble uncle] I met the Superintendent.
Samurai:What did he say?
Iori Izaka:He was cooperative. At first he looked embarrassed, but the story of my uncle shocked him. He pondered. "All right", he said, "I'll help you. I'll talk with your group. Gather them quickly. That's what he said."
Takebayashi:He's great!
Samurai:A powerful support for us. Not a good-natured scarecrow.
[All laugh, then turn to face the sound of loud yawns coming from the darkness outside]
Sanjûrô Tsubaki:Wait.
[the tall, scruffy middle-aged ronin languidly swaggers in. His hair is unkempt, his sandals tucked into his kimono, his katana, in his scabbard, propped over his shoulder. He looks a mess compared to the other nine warriors before him. He cracks another huge yawn before stepping inside. He idly taps his katana against his shoulder]
Sanjûrô Tsubaki:An interesting story.
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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
it's by Kurosawa--what else do you want?, 17 October 1998

Sanjuro is another in a long line of purely classic films by Akira Kurosawa. This movie was made on a whim on the heels of the wildly successful Yojimbo, but Kurosawa doesn't simply whip out a movie to satisfy the audience; he creates another film masterpiece. This is a farcical comedy shot with the same brilliance as Ran--take a minute and notice how perfectly the image on the screen portrays what Kurosawa wants us to see. Nothing about this film is a mistake, something that he would want to do over. Watch this film!

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