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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.

Director:

Hideo Gosha

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Keiichi Abe (screenplay), Hideo Gosha (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Tanba ... Sakon Shiba
Isamu Nagato ... Kyôjûrô Sakura
Mikijirô Hira ... Einosuke Kikyô
Miyuki Kuwano ... Aya
Yoshiko Kayama ... Oyasu
Kyôko Aoi Kyôko Aoi ... Omitsu
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Jinbê
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Uzaemon Matsushita
Hisashi Igawa
Ichirô Izawa Ichirô Izawa
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... Yasugorô
Toshie Kimura ... Oine
Yôko Mihara Yôko Mihara ... Omaki
Kichijirô Ueda Kichijirô Ueda
Nakajirô Tomita 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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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 May 1964 (Japan) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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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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This is where it all started for one of Japan's greats.
8 June 2008 | by chaos-rampantSee 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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