Tsubaki Sanjūrō

椿三十郎 [videorecording] = Sanjuro - Tsubaki Sanjūrō

Sanjuro

DVD - 1999 | Japanese
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A skilled but slovenly ronin comes to the aid of a group of naive young warriors fighting their corrupt clan leaders and manages to keep them out of trouble and alive in spite of their high ideals.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection : Janus Films, [1999]
ISBN: 9780780022492
0780022491
Branch Call Number: DVD SANJ Japanese
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded viewer guide ([6] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 東宝株式会社
黒澤プロダクション(Firm)
黒澤明
三舟敏郎
仲代達矢
山本周五郎
Alternative Title: Sanjuro
Akira Kurosawa's Sanjuro

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Ron@Ottawa
May 28, 2019

This is a follow-up to Yojimbo, which I think is a better film compared to this sequel. Despite the thumbs-up reviews by film critics, I find Sanjuro to be one of the lesser films by Kurosawa in the samurai genre. The story is cliche and many characters appeared to be too gullible. And the ending sword-fight is overly dramatic. Even Mifune had some awkward moments in the film, I think. Still, the B/W photography is good and the film is watchable overall.

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Boris_100
Mar 02, 2019

This movie set the stage for future movies.

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byoneoka
Jan 28, 2019

This is a brilliant work! Humorous while so serious a theme. A sequel to Yojimbo, I find this a much better film. The ronin puts the real samurai as the opposite of the ideal.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 10, 2018

This is one of earlier works by Kurosawa on the samurai genre. The film is so old that this film copy fills only 1/4 of TV screen. But the B/W images are sharp and the sound track is good. Although there is a little bit of 'over acting' by some small characters in my view, Mifune played his role to the tee. Another key, villainous character, played by Tatsuya Nakadai, added more substance to the cast. This is a timeless classic from the samurai genre and deserves repeated viewings down the road.

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1aa
Nov 18, 2018

[for yojimbo] Suspenseful, funny, dramatic, with some really good scenes, interestingly shot (such as near the end where a man hanging with his arms tied behind him is in the foreground). The music adds a lot to the movie; I suppose one can say that its Japanese style spaghetti western music. The whole upshot of the film is sardonic: the hero leaves the town in ruins with many buildings destroyed and many people dead - which is exactly what the townsfolk feared and what would have happened had the two groups had an all out gang war. So, the hero was superfluous, or perhaps even a catalyst to the inevitable.

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1aa
Sep 24, 2018

[for sanjuro] A terrific samurai film! One has to read quickly to get key information regarding the plot (otherwise one misses it and the actions and events quickly lose their sense); the fights are quite fast, and most of the fun is in the main character's contrasting behavior with the other nine of his comrades.

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LemmyKoopa
Sep 04, 2018

Sometimes funny, sometimes haunting, always intense.

Yojimbo is one of the classics of the samurai genre, and it's status as one of the original 'westerns' is unrivaled. Featuring memorable characters, beautiful set pieces and the (as usual) amazing portrayal by Toshio Mifune as Sanjuro all rolls together to create one of the great classics of the mid-20th century.

Highly recommended - might be a little slow for some, and doesn't feature as much brawling and sword-fighting as I'd like, but it stands out as a huge inspiration for many budding filmmakers, both of today and yesteryear.

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lindy919
May 20, 2018

Better than its predecessor, Yohimbo, as this one stresses the drama and tones down the bad comedy.

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simonbrenden
Mar 26, 2016

Good to see these Kurosawa films being released on dvd. Mifune was a very special actor and Kurosawa is to be praised for his unsentimental films. The extras on the dvd were worth watching and showed Kurosawa's fanatical attention to detail.

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Cyberman29
Nov 01, 2015

Watched it while the clock strikes 1 after Halloween.. yeah, a halloween extravaganza with its gore & violence pre-Quentin Tarantino with a comedic touch.

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Ky68RasK
Mar 23, 2016

The fastest sword in the East.

In the words of Toshiro Mifune
"Hanosuke"
"Yes"
"Go hang yourself"

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NobleSix
Mar 12, 2011

"Hanoske..."
"Yes..."
"...Go hang yourself."

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Violence: One character gets an arm chopped off. But on the whole nothing brutal no heads and limbs falling off left right and center. It's more entertainment fighting based on the character's power over his opponents obviously Mifune prevails over his opponents.

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