Sanjuro

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer; Optional Dolby Digita 3.0 soundtrack; preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects; Audio commentary by film historian and Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince; A 35-minute documentary on the making of Sanjuro, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create; Theatrical trailer and teaser; Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow and notes from Kurosawa and his cast and crew
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Editorial Reviews

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With Yojmbo, Akira Kurosawa retreated into lighthearted black comedy and found the perfect protagonist for the journey in Toshiro Mifune's shambling, ill-tempered ronin. Forced to align himself with two equally repulsive forces, he chose to play them against each other, destroying both in the process. You could call the character a cynic, and the film nihilistic, if Mifune didn't, despite intimations of amorality, ultimately do the right thing. Thanks to substantial commercial success, Kurosawa and Mifune re-teamed for a highly enjoyable sequel only a year later. This time out, Mifune encounters a group of nine experienced samurai who, after Mifune saves their lives, follow him around like ducklings. When Mifune joins them in their quest to rescue an honest chamberlain from the false imprisonment of a corrupt superintendent, he teaches his by-the-book charges the secrets of deception and subterfuge. As before, Mifune plays his character always on the verge of exasperation, this time pushed to the limit by the civilizing presence of two women. When one calls him out, remarking that killing has become a bad habit for him, it may play like a joke but, as usual with even Kurosawa's lightest films, there's more at work than may be immediately apparent. An intense finale reinforces this point, and suggests that the humanistic Kurosawa, like his hero in the Yojimbo/Sanjuro series, can only strike a cynical pose for so long.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • UPC: 715515020923
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,675

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune Sanjuro Tsubaki
Yuzo Kayama Ioti Izaka
Tatsuya Nakadai Hanbei Muroto
Keiju Kobayashi Spy
Reiko Dan Chidori, Mutsuta's daughter
Takashi Shimura Kurofuji
Tatsuyoshi Ebara
Kamatari Fujiwara Takebayashi
Akihiko Hirata Samurai
Takako Irie Mutsuta's wife
Yunosuke Ito Mutsuta, the Chamberlain
Akira Kubo Young Samurai
Masao Shimizu Kukui
Hiroshi Tachikawa Samurai
Kunie Tanaka Samurai
Yoshio Tsuchiya Samurai
Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Ryuzo Kikushima Producer, Screenwriter
Fukuzo Koizumi Cinematographer
Ryu Kuze Consultant/advisor
Shinobu Muraki Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Production Designer
Hideo Oguni Screenwriter
Takao Saito Cinematographer
Masaru Sato Score Composer
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sanjuro
1. Torn [4:07]
2. Appearances [8:21]
3. Involved [2:52]
4. Taken [6:02]
5. Rescue [4:20]
6. Safe [5:17]
7. Camellias [7:36]
8. Precaution [:38]
9. Bait [2:06]
10. Easy [2:18]
11. Foolhardy [3:21]
12. Character [10:33]
13. Followed [2:07]
14. Forced [4:53]
15. Bound [1:39]
16. Downstream [7:49]
17. Komyo [6:01]
18. Signal [7:31]
19. Fortunate [3:25]
20. Respect [4:43]
1. Different [4:07]
2. Separation [8:21]
3. Widescreen [2:52]
4. Altruistic [6:02]
5. Opposition [4:20]
6. Delicate [5:17]
7. Setting [7:36]
8. Drums [:38]
9. Circle [2:06]
10. Satirical [2:18]
11. Wish [3:21]
12. Moral [10:33]
13. Prowess [2:07]
14. Variation [4:53]
15. Entrapment [1:39]
16. Uguisu [7:49]
17. Yamamoto [6:01]
18. Deconstruction [7:31]
19. Benevolence [3:25]
20. Extraordinary [4:43]
1. Intro [1:29]
2. Humor [6:25]
3. Nine [2:56]
4. Handmade [4:42]
5. Swordplay [4:56]
6. Octopus [2:28]
7. Duel [11:43]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sanjuro
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Bars
   Commentary
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      Index
         Bars
   Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
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      Index
   Theatrical Trailer
   Teaser
   Stills Gallery
   Setup
      Audio Options
         Dolby Digital Mono 1.0
         Dolby Digital Perspecta 3.0
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