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Sanjuro ()

Tsubaki Sanjûrô (original title)
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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

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Sanjûrô Tsubaki / The Samurai
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Hanbei Muroto
Keiju Kobayashi ...
The Spy
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Iori Izaka
Reiko Dan ...
Chidori, Mutsuta's daughter
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Kurofuji
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Takebayashi
Takako Irie ...
Mutsuta's wife
Masao Shimizu ...
Kikui
Yûnosuke Itô ...
Mutsuta, the Chamberlain
Akira Kubo ...
Samurai
Hiroshi Tachikawa ...
Samurai
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Samurai
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Samurai
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ...
Samurai
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Samurai
Sachio Sakai
Kenzô Matsui ...
Samurai
Toshiko Higuchi
Tatsuhiko Namisato ...
Samurai
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Murota samurai
Shin Ôtomo
Minoru Itô
Kôji Uruki
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi
Fuminori Ôhashi

Directed by

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Akira Kurosawa

Written by

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Ryûzô Kikushima ... (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni ... (screenplay) &
Akira Kurosawa ... (screenplay)
 
Shûgorô Yamamoto ... (novel "Nichinichi heian")

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Ryûzô Kikushima ... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka ... producer

Music by

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Masaru Satô

Cinematography by

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Fukuzô Koizumi
Takao Saitô

Production Design by

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Yoshirô Muraki

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Wataru Konuma ... sound recordist
Hisashi Shimonaga ... sound recordist

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Ichirô Inohara ... lighting technician
Katsuhiro Kato ... assistant camera

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Ryû Kuze ... fencing advisor

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Plot Summary

A wandering samurai, Sanjuro, is drawn into local politics. The Superintendent of a clan is plotting to take over the clan by implicating the Chamberlain in corrupt activities (activities the Superintendent is actually responsible for). Part of the plan involves killing off the Chamberlain's staff and, in protecting them, Sanjuro sides with them. The supporters are massively outnumbered so it will require all of Sanjuro's cunning and swordcraft to ensure the Superintendent does not succeed in his evil plan. Written by grantss

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Also Known As
  • Sanjuro (New Zealand, English title)
  • Sanjuro (Europe, English title)
  • Sanjuro (United States)
  • Sanjuro (Canada, English title)
  • Sanjuro (World-wide, English title)
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Trivia When Sanjuro has to kill about a dozen of Kikui's men and then smacks three of the young samurai for forcing him to kill so many, Toshirô Mifune slapped the three young actors for real. As seen in the film, the slaps both surprised the actors and knocked them backwards. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Top 10 Film Directors (2013). See more »
Quotes Mutsuta's wife: You're too sharp. That's your trouble. You're like a drawn sword. Sharp, naked without a sheath. You cut well. But good swords are kept in their sheaths.
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