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Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
"Sanbiki no samurai" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama  -  13 May 1964 (Japan)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Isamu Nagato ...
Mikijirô Hira ...
Miyuki Kuwano ...
Aya
Yoshiko Kayama ...
Oyasu
Kyoko Aoi ...
Omitsu (as Kyôko Aoi)
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Jinbê
Tatsuya Ishiguro ...
Uzaemon Matsushita
Hisashi Igawa
Ichirô Izawa
Jun Tatara ...
Yasugorô
Toshie Kimura ...
Oine
Yôko Mihara ...
Omaki
Kichijirô Ueda
Nakajirô Tomita
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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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Sakon Shiba: [Negotiating with the Magistrate the release of his daughter Aya, who's being held hostage by peasants] Punish me and let the peasants go.
Uzaemon Matsushita: Very well. I promise not to punish the peasants.
Sakon Shiba: Magistrate, you're a samurai. I, too, am a samurai. This is a promise between samurai.
Uzaemon Matsushita: I understand.
Kyojuro Sakura: Everyone here is a witness. Be sure to send him back safely.
Uzaemon Matsushita: I promise that, too.
Sakon Shiba: We've made a pledge as samurai.
[Releases Aya from custody]
Aya: [...]
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Excellent proto-"spaghetti western" Samurai movie!
16 July 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This one is Gosha's first directorial attempt, and what a debut! Though some of the performances are occasionally a bit overwrought, there are also many instances where Gosha reveals his sense of the camera.

Of course, there are Gosha's typical studied camera angles and compositions (you see some interesting "moving camera" work, which significantly predates the attempts of "pioneering" US directors). However, "Sanbiki no samurai" also showcases Gosha's ability to tell a story through facial expressions, rather than simply relying upon dialogue.

This is all film-school wankery. The bottom line is that "Sanbiki" is a gripping chambara flick, with a solid morality tale disguised as a cynical amorality tale. (Note that a common theme through many Japanese "chambara" is that of cynical ex-samurai who ultimately decides to risk life and limb for some hopeless but noble "little guy" cause.)

This theme was repeatedly, um, emulated by the likes of Sergio Leone with his spaghetti westerns. However, my point is that such tales are just plain entertaining. The three actors playing the samurai also turn in great performances.

Viewers new to Hideo Gosha may wish to start with "Goyokin" or "Hitokiri" (a/k/a "Tenchu"), but if you've seen those two already (or if they're already checked out), then this is still a definite movie to catch!


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