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Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)

Sanbiki no samurai (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 13 May 1964 (Japan)
When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isamu Nagato ...
Mikijirô Hira ...
Miyuki Kuwano ...
Yoshiko Kayama ...
Kyôko Aoi ...
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Tatsuya Ishiguro ...
Uzaemon Matsushita
Hisashi Igawa
Ichirô Izawa
Jun Tatara ...
Toshie Kimura ...
Yôko Mihara ...
Kichijirô Ueda
Nakajirô Tomita


Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the magistrate's guard, Sakura and Kikyo. The three outlaws find themselves in a battle to the death. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Three Outlaw Samurai  »

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Sakon Shiba: [Giving Aya, who's being held hostage by peasants, a meager bowl of millet porridge to eat]
Sakon Shiba: For someone accustomed to a life of luxury, it may be hard to believe people actually eat millet porridge. Nevertheless, even though they don't have enough to feed themselves, they've offered this porridge to you. Better have some.
Sakon Shiba: [Putting the bowl up to her mouth, which she refuses to accept]
Sakon Shiba: Eat it!
Sakon Shiba: [Forcefully making her eat the porridge, obviously not to her liking] Then maybe you'll realize why all ...
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Very good samurai picture, and a great-looking Blu Ray from Criterion
11 June 2012 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Hideo Gosha got his start on television. His biggest hit was Three Outlaw Samurai, and in 1964 he got the chance to direct a prequel to that series with this, his first theatrical film. Tetsuro Tanba plays a wandering samurai who comes upon a hostage situation involving three peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of the local magistrate. The peasants of the district are being treated very poorly and are starving. Tanba sees that these guys aren't bad (the girl, Miyuki Kuwano, is unharmed) and decides to help them stand up to the magistrate. Among the men the magistrate hires to dispatch of the samurai and the peasants are Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira, who will both switch sides and join up with Tanba eventually. Gosha's direction is impressive and the black and white cinematography is gorgeous. Occasionally the story is confusing and could be communicated a bit better, but for the most part it's not difficult to follow. The ending in particular is fantastic. I'd love to see some of the original series, but unfortunately it's lost.

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