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Samurai -- Japan -- 19th century -- Drama


(Tsubaki Sanjuro)


Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yuzo Kayama, Takashi Shimura,

This sequel to Yojimbo finds Kurosawa with tongue firmly in cheek as he and Mifune liven up the samurai plotline with a welcome dose of satire and some pointed digs at “the way of the warrior.” Mifune’s Sanjuro is a wandering, remarkably un-noble samurai just looking for a place to sleep and drink (not necessarily in that order), but unfortunately not even he can ignore the plight of several hopelessly naive, incompetent youngsters attempting to battle corruption within their prefecture and risking getting slaughtered in the process. Mifune plays Sanjuro like Bogart would a reluctant Robin Hood, cool and coiled, almost blasé as he wipes out hordes of enemy swordsmen, his interest piqued only when there’s sake or women involved, or when squared off against villainous, stone-faced Tatsuya Nakadai in a memorable, literally explosive finale.

Jason Sanders
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Ryuzo Kikushima
  • Hideo Oguni
Based On
  • the novel by Shugoro Yamamoto

  • Fukuzo Koizumi
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 'Scope 35mm
  • 96 mins
  • Janus Films

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Kurosawa & Mifune (program note), Film Forum (New York), 2002

Kurosawa and Mifune (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2002

Tsubaki sanjuro - Sanjuro (program note), Nantes Festival of Three Continents, 1998

The films of Akira Kurosawa (press release), Pacific Film Archive, 1974

Tsubaki Sanjuro (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, Nigel Andrews, 1971

Sanjuro (review), Variety, Tube., 1962

Tsubaki Sanjuro (distributor materials), 1962

Kurosawa on Kurosawa (article), Sight and Sound, Akira Kurosawa

The films of Akira Kurosawa (program), TLA Cinema

Kurosawa: a retrospective (program), Japan Society, David Owens

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