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This first film by the legendary Hideo Gosha (Sword of the Beast) is among the most canonized chambara (sword-fighting) films. An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television series phenomenon of the same name, Three Outlaw Samurai is a classic in its own right. In it, a wandering, seen-it-all ronin (Tetsuro Tamba) becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira), hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, this is an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty.

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High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

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New English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebir


Product Details

  • Actors: Tetsuro Tamba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijiro Hira
  • Directors: Hideo Gosha
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00687XNQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on February 14, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Shiba (Tetsuro Tanba) is a wandering samurai who's seen it all. He stumbles onto some peasants who have taken the magistrate's daughter hostage in hopes of ending the corruptive leadership that plagues their land. What begins as a spectator sport and a roof over his head for Shiba turns into him fully supporting the peasants and their cause. Two other samurai; Sakura (Isamu Nagato) another wanderer with a guilty conscience and Kikyo (Mikijiro Hira) a samurai who milks the magistrate for all he's worth eventually join up with Shiba. An epic duel to the death lies ahead for the three samurai as the magistrate will stop at nothing to get revenge.

Three Outlaw Samurai begins in simple yet extravagant fashion. We see Shiba take a few steps in the mud followed by an extremely loud music cue and the title card written in Japanese Kanji. Six seconds into this chanbara film and I already know I'm going to love it. The film buys its time though as the first half of the film is mostly very talkative and swords are drawn only briefly before lengthy discussions begin once again. The storytelling is a high point as loyalty and the overall cause for all of this mayhem are always both relevant to the events taking place on screen. The cinematography is also brilliant, especially since this is the debut of Hideo Gosha. The well-choreographed and intense swordplay sequences are always captured with the most precise camera placement.

Lighting and shadows also play a big part in how the film is presented visually. The one-shot sword fight in the two-story whore house is the best example of this. Right down to the drastic lighting on Kikyo's eyes before everything goes to hell, Three Outlaw Samurai is the type of film fans of samurai, foreign, and great cinema in general dream of.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By AK customer on February 7, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
In my collection of samurai movies this is number one. Once in a while a movie achieves that balance between action and story. This is it. It's not to high brow, not over action. All in beautiful black and white. I had hoped Criterion Collection would catch notice of this movie and they have. Can't go wrong with this one.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By D. Lee on January 27, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Caught this movie on either IFC or the Sundance channels "Samurai Saturdays" where they would show subtitled Japanese samurai movies at 5am in the morning. As a fan of Samurai movies like Yojimbo and The Lone Wolf & Cub movies I was shocked I had never heard of the film before it aired on the channel. After seeing it I payed way too much for a Japan region version of the film online and enjoyed it ever since.

So glad this film is getting a Criterion release and will hopefully finally get its deserved recognition by samurai movie fans in the west.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2005
Format: DVD
"Three Outlaw Samurai" ("Sanbiki no samurai") is a fascinating film, a blend of genres familiar to any fan of Japanese film. I can only think of it as "What if Mizoguchi Kenji directed a Kurosawa Akira film?" All of the grand Samurai drama of Kurosawa blended artfully with the beautiful melancholy of Mizoguchi.

The story is a classic. Three peasants, oppressed by their local governor, kidnap the governor's daughter and hold her ransom until their needs are listened too. They are brave but foolish, entirely unschooled in the art of negotiation or battle, knowing only desperation and hope. Into this mix comes Sakon Shiba, a wandering samurai who holds honor to be greater than wealth. He instantly allies himself with the peasants against the landlord, helping them to secure their ransom. Soon, he is joined by Kyojuro Sakura, a poor samurai who knows what it means to be hungry. On the opposing team is Einosuke Kikyo, a fence-sitting samurai who takes neither side, but slowly finds himself being won over by Sakon's shinning display of warrior spirit and honor.

Now, if this were a Kurosawa film, the three warriors would band together in a show of cynical strength, and teach the peasants how to defend themselves and gain self-reliance and respect. But it is not a Kurosawa film, and director Gosha Hideo taps deep into the Japanese psyche to unveil the ultimate misery of he who fights for the underdog, and how unique people must ever stand alone, excluded from the protective comfort of society. Things do not turn out well. Happiness is not in the cards for a single human being in "Three Outlaw Samurai."

Not to give it too much praise! While highly entertaining, the film is still at its heart a chambara flick, and Hideo is no Kurosawa nor Mizogushi.
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Format: Blu-ray
When it comes to Japanese cinema during the '50s and '60s, there were many samurai films produced but with "Sambiki no Samurai" (Three Outlaw Samurai), it was a national sensation on television.

Airing on Japan's Fuji TV from 1963 through 1969, the drama series achieved a high rating of 42%. In Japan, anything over 25% is fantastic and not only did the studio Shochiku have a hot series, the three actors Tetsuro Tanba, Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira became the most popular actors because of the TV series.

And with the success of the first season, Shochiku decided to create a jidaigeki film based on the characters of the TV series and "Sambiki no Samurai" (Three Outlaw Samurai) and give Hideo Gosha the opportunity to direct his first film.

And in 1964, "Three Outlaw Samurai" was released in theaters and would become a classic samurai film in Japan which would later inspire a manga series and TV sequels that would air on TV Asahi last from 1987 through 1995 (featuring newer characters) and a final "goodbye" drama series which aired from Oct.-Dec. 1999 which would feature the return of original actor, Tetsuro Tanba.

And now, "Three Outlaw Samurai" makes its first Blu-ray and DVD appearance in North America courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

The film is the second Gosha film to be released by the Criterion Collection, the first release on DVD was Gosha's second film (and his most popular film in the west), "Sword of the Beast" (1965).

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"Three Outlaw Samurai" is presented in black and white (2:35:1 aspect ratio). This 1964 film looks absolutely fantastic on Blu-ray. Not only is there a good amount of grain, there is also a good amount of detail. May it be the dirty floors of the mill or its wooden surroundings.
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