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Sanjuro (1962)

Tsubaki Sanjûrô (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 7 May 1963 (USA)
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay), Hideo Oguni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Sanjûrô Tsubaki / The Samurai
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Hanbei Muroto
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... The Spy
Yûzô Kayama ... Iori Izaka
Reiko Dan ... Chidori, Mutsuta's daughter
Takashi Shimura ... Kurofuji
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Takebayashi
Takako Irie Takako Irie ... Mutsuta's wife
Masao Shimizu ... Kikui
Yûnosuke Itô ... Mutsuta, the Chamberlain
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Samurai
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Samurai
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Samurai
Kunie Tanaka ... Samurai
Tatsuyoshi Ehara Tatsuyoshi Ehara ... Samurai
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Storyline

A wandering samurai, Sanjuro, is drawn into local politics. The Superintendent of a clan is plotting to take over the clan by implicating the Chamberlain in corrupt activities (activities the Superintendent is actually responsible for). Part of the plan involves killing off the Chamberlain's staff and, in protecting them, Sanjuro sides with them. The supporters are massively outnumbered so it will require all of Sanjuro's cunning and swordcraft to ensure the Superintendent does not succeed in his evil plan. Written by grantss

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Akira Kurosawa's Powerful and Newest Japanese Masterpiece See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

As was typical for his work with Kurosawa, film composer Masaru Satô was only given one week to compose the film's entire score. See more »

Goofs

The three enemies who surrender are kept in a room with chicken wire / poultry mesh stretched across the door. This was invented in England in 1844 and did not exist in the era or place depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

Iori Izaka: [recounting his story about his falling out with his ugly-yet-noble uncle] I met the Superintendent.
Samurai: What did he say?
Iori Izaka: He was cooperative. At first he looked embarrassed, but the story of my uncle shocked him. He pondered. "All right", he said, "I'll help you. I'll talk with your group. Gather them quickly. That's what he said."
Samurai: He's great!
Samurai: Right!
Samurai: A powerful support for us. Not a good-natured scarecrow.
[All laugh, then turn to face the sound of loud yawns coming from the darkness outside]
Sanjûrô Tsubaki: Wait.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) See more »

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Funny Adventure
15 September 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Japan circa Eighteenth Century, nine young men decide to present an accusation of corruption in their clan to the local superintendent. However, the group is betrayed, but the ronin Sanjûrô Tsubaki (Toshirô Mifune) saves them from the superintendent's men. The uncle of the leader of the rebel clansmen, the Chamberlain Mutsuta (Yûnosuke Itô), is kidnapped, and his wife and daughter are detained and made prisoner of the superintendent, and he tries to force Mutsuta to write a fake confession letter declaring being corrupt. Sanjûrô helps the group to rescue the Chamberlain and his family.

"Sanjûrô" is a funny adventure of master Akira Kurosawa. The story has great action scenes and jokes, excellent cinematography and performances, I like it but it is not among my favorite movies of Kurosawa. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Sanjuro"


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$46,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,528
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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