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Sansho the Bailiff ()

Sanshô dayû (original title)
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

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Tamaki
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Zushiô
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Anju
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Sanshô dayû
Akitake Kôno ...
Taro
Masao Shimizu ...
Masauji Taira
Ken Mitsuda ...
Prime Minister Fujiwara
Kazukimi Okuni ...
Norimura
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Kohagi
Kimiko Tachibana ...
Namiji
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Minister of Justice
Teruko Ômi ...
Nakagimi
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Young Zushio (as Masahiko Katô)
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Young Anju
Bontarô Akemi ...
Kichiji
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Ubatake
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Priestess
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Ritsushi Kumotake
Kanji Koshiba ...
Kaikudo Naito
Shinobu Araki ...
Sadaya
Reiko Kongô ...
Shiono
Shôzô Nanbu ...
Masasue Taira
Ryônosuke Azuma ...
Landlord
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Kimpei
Sumao Ishihara ...
Yakko
Ichirô Amano ...
Guard
Yukio Horikita ...
Jiro
Hachirô Ôkuni ...
Saburo Miyazaki
Jun Fujikawa ...
Kanamaru
Akiyoshi Kikuno ...
Guard
Sôji Shibata ...
Sado Man
Akira Shimizu ...
Slave Trader
Goro Nakanishi ...
Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naoki Fujima
Sachio Horikita
Eiji Ishikura ...
Farmer #1
Midori Komatsu ...
Harbour's lady
Keiko Koyanagi
Kazuko Maeda
Tokio Oki ...
Harbour's man
Shiro Ozaki ...
Farmer #3
Akira Shiga ...
Farmer #2
Sachiko Sôma ...
Sugano

Directed by

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Kenji Mizoguchi

Written by

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Ogai Mori ... (short story "Sanshô dayû")
 
Fuji Yahiro ... (screenplay)
 
Yoshikata Yoda ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Masaichi Nagata ... producer

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Fumio Hayasaka
Kinshichi Kodera
Tamekichi Mochizuki

Cinematography by

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Kazuo Miyagawa

Film Editing by

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Mitsuzô Miyata

Production Design by

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Hisakazu Tsuji

Art Direction by

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Kisaku Itô

Set Decoration by

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Kosaburô Nakajima

Costume Design by

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Shima Yoshizane ... (as Shima Yoshimi)

Makeup Department

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Ritsu Hanai ... hair stylist
Masanori Kobayashi ... makeup artist (as M. Kobayashi)

Production Management

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Hiroshi Ozawa ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tokuzô Tanaka ... assistant director

Art Department

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Akira Naitô ... assistant art director
Uichirô Yamamoto ... set designer

Sound Department

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Iwao Ôtani ... sound

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En'nosuke Asada ... still photographer
Yasuo Iwamoto ... lighting technician
Kenichi Okamoto ... gaffer
Shôzô Tanaka ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Yoshio Ueno ... costume researcher

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Yoshikazu Fujiwara ... architecture researcher
Emi Kimura ... archivist
Genjirô Nakamura ... stage manager
Tasaburô Oota ... background design
Hiroshi Shibata ... movement director

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Plot Summary

In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. Written by David Levene

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Taglines A film of unparalleled beauty by the great Japanese Master Kenji Mizoguchi See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sansho the Bailiff (United States)
  • Legend of Bailiff Sansho (United States)
  • Sansho the Bailiff (World-wide, English title)
  • Sansho the Bailiff (United Kingdom)
  • Sansho Dayu (United Kingdom)
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  • 124 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This film, like several films by director Kenji Mizoguchi from this period, was widely praised in both Japan and the West for its smoothly flowing camera work. But these camera movements were, in fact, planned and blocked by his great cameraman, Kazuo Miyagawa, rather than by the director, who gave Miyagawa free rein in his use of the camera. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975). See more »
Quotes Masauji Taira: [Speaking to his son Zushio on the verge of being exiled and separated from his family] Zushio, I wonder if you'll become a stubborn man like me. You may be too young to understand, but hear me out anyway. Without mercy, man is like a beast. Even if you are hard on yourself, be merciful to others. Men are created equal. Everyone is entitled to their happiness.
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