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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

Writers:

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

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 May 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Outlaw Samurai See more »

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Production Co:

Samurai Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sakon Shiba: [Threatening to kill the Magistrate; his daughter physically intervenes] For his victims' sake, I can't allow him to live.
Aya: Please!
Sakon Shiba: Move, or I'll kill you!
Aya: Kill me, then. No matter what he's done, I'm still his daughter.
Sakon Shiba: [the Magistrate breaks free and runs for it, but Shiba deftly cuts off his top knot with a quick thrust of his sword] Let the lord see you in disgrace. Let the peasants see you in disgrace.
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A relentlessly thrilling Samurai movie
6 September 2015 | by PimpinAinttEasySee all my reviews

Three Outlaw Samurai is a relentlessly thrilling Samurai movie full of twists and betrayals.

After a title sequence with a bombastic score, the action begins almost immediately in this film. A wandering Samurai stumbles upon a hostage situation - a few pathetic peasants (not too different from the ones in Seven Samurai) are holding the daughter of an aristocrat hostage in the hope that he would waive taxes. After observing the bumbling peasants and their failed negotiations with the aristocracy for a while, the cynical Samurai decides to join the fight on the peasants side.

While watching this film, it struck me that the Samurai attitude towards life is not too different from the cowboys in spaghetti westerns or protagonists in Noir thrillers. They are very cynical and are always watching how the situation unravels. But they often put their neck on the line in the end.

The treatment and portrayal of women in this film is quite hilarious and politically incorrect.

I liked the way the director balanced the different aspects of the film - the film is a mix of cynical tongue in cheek humor and relentless action while also foregrounding themes like samurai honor and the plight of peasants.

The plot, like a Noir film is quite complicated.

(7.5/10)


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