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Sanjuro (Criterion Collection) (1962)

Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, more...
Director: Akira Kurosawa, Akira Kurosawa
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Japan, Adventure, Samurai, Criterion Collection
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Set in the mid-19th century when the disintegration of a rigid social structure was turning the once wealthy into paupers, or vice-versa, this kinetic drama by acclaimed Akira Kurosawa features the hero Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune), one of many samurai whose once traditional positions were fast disappearing. In this tale of false perceptions and truth, of honor and dishonor, Sanjuro is a character who captures and holds attention from the moment he appears on screen. When he arrives in a small city, he discovers that a band of nine men are anxious to overthrow the corrupt ruling elite. Physically strong and agile, mentally sharp and clear-headed, Sanjuro still has an deep commitment to justice and honor underneath his dirty, abrasive, and cynical exterior. The nine men may doubt his nobility, but that is because they are only looking skin deep. While the sword fighting and action scenes are memorable, it is Toshiro Mifune's characterization and Kurosawa's camera eye that enhance the story. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

Sanjuro (Criterion Collection) (1962)
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8.19 (416 votes)
Sanjuro (Criterion Collection) (Bonus Disc) (1962)
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Absolutely Beautiful by TaoG March 25, 2005 - 6:25 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Akira Kurosawa's distinctive vision has a way of inducing almost immediate immersion into his subject matter. From scene one, I could not remove my eyes from the brilliant and subtle intelligence, the lush black and white cinemategraphy, and a story woven so well that one begins to feel as if experiencing the movie from within. This is just one of the many facets of Kurosawa's genius, not to mention the deft handling of the movies' comic line - Toshiro Mifune is a joy and this movie has fine performances all around. This is a dusky gem that deserves repeated viewings.

Awesome! by KiNo April 9, 2003 - 2:45 PM PDT
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
One of my favorite samurai movies of all time! This movie is full of action, humor, and beautiful sword play. Much better than Yojimbo. Mifune is awesome as always (I'm a big fan). Definitely check this movie out. I watched it 5 times and won't say No to watching it again :)

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