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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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Sakon Shiba (as Tetsurô Tanba)
Isamu Nagato ...
Mikijirô Hira ...
Miyuki Kuwano ...
Aya
Yoshiko Kayama ...
Oyasu
Kyôko Aoi ...
Omitsu
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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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This is where it all started for one of Japan's greats.
8 June 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Hideo Gosha's first in a series of great movies leading up to his double triumph of Hitokiri and Goyokin in 1969, is a simple but engaging chambara with a sociopolitical angle that has more in common with Kurosawa's work than the stylistic flourishes and visual grammar the director developed later in his career.

Very similar to Seven Samurai in terms of style and themes, this is another take on the familiar story of cynical samurais helping out poor peasants in their fight against the oppression of the rich and powerful. Three lowly peasants kidnap a daimyo's daughter and demand a tax reform that will ease the economic burden for all the peasants in the nearby villages. It's all well plotted and interesting for the duration with great performances all around and near superb swordplay action. Gosha's two Samurai Wolf films as well as Sword of the Beast would make ideal companion pieces as an entry point to the director's output. Fans of Kurosawa's jidaigeki work are likely to appreciate it just as well.


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