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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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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: [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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vivid but disturbing
17 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gosha was the Don Siegel of Japan, an artist of action, a poet of mêlée. So it is with this newly restored early picture of his, now available from Criterion in blazing black and white. Typical sam fare: clunky plot, great sword work, cool flourishes (like blowing dust giving mythic quality to climactic duel, or the use of blood to punctuate kills, never overdone but extremely dramatic.) Extremely enjoyable, it turns out to be an "origins" tale in which we learn how the three outlaws (if Japanese TV fame) came together. Briefly, seems wandering ronin decides to throw in with peasant reformers who've kidnapped magistrate's daughter for leverage on tax reform, and one way or other, the two others come to his side and ultimately they face off in duels and battles with magistrate's own ronin, soldiers, various thugs and creeps. Lots of racing, slicking, sword fighting in flip-flops and bathrobes. What did somewhat shock me was the utter disregard the movie shows for women. They are used up and tossed aside like Kleenex, with no regret or mourning or much in the way of grief. At least three are murdered or commit suicide, and two more dumped. I know this is emblematic of Japanese society in early '60s, but even so, it seems a little overdone here. I don't like to judge then by the standards of now, but even if gals were objects in '64, by those standards Gosha goes a bit overboard.


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