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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

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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Action | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 May 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Outlaw Samurai See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Production Co:

Samurai Productions See more »
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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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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vivid but disturbing
17 February 2012 | by Hunt2546See 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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