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Sanjuro (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1962)

Yji Oda , Makoto Fujita , Yoshimitsu Morita  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Yji Oda, Makoto Fujita, Shin'y Fujiwara, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Ichitaro
  • Directors: Yoshimitsu Morita
  • Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Ryz Kikushima, Shgor Yamamoto
  • Producers: Akihiko sugi, Haruki Kadokawa, Hiroshi Hayakawa
  • Format: Blu-ray, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00319HT9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sanjuro (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Restored high-definition digital transfers
  • Optional DTS-HD Master Audio Perspecta 3.0 soundtrack
  • Audio commentaries by film historian Stephen Prince
  • Documentary on the making of Sanjuro
  • Theatrical trailer and teasers
  • Stills galleries
  • PLUS: Booklets featuring essays by film writers

  • Editorial Reviews

    Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akria Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed SANJURO. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, the jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a: proper, samurai on its ear. Less brazen in tone than its predecessor but equally entertaining, this classic character's return is a masterpiece in its own right.

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    3.0 out of 5 stars sequel that detracts more than adds March 23, 2014
    Yojimbo is one of my favorite films. It has a great character at the center, who wades into a faction-ridden city and plays them off of one another, at one point falling into their hands and barely escaping with his life in so much pain he has to crawl out. He is alone, yet acts like a general, manipulating people in a very dangerous game. By contrast, in Sanjuro, he acts more like a disinterested chess player, dispensing sage advice, sitting back to watch the fireworks, improvising quickly but never really in much danger, even his confinement is lackadaisical and without dramatic tension. The character is consistent, but nothing much of interest - aside perhaps from the theme of "keeping the sword sheathed" - is added. Even the milieu he chooses to fight in, a power grab of aristocratic factions is less fun than the warring town bosses in Yojimbo, particularly in view that those he chooses to champion in Sanjuro are pampered twits who keep throwing his plans off track if they do anything on their own initiative. In Sanjuro, he never loses his cool, but maintains a strict control over everything, with little human seeming to peep out.

    I hate to say it, but I don't think Kurosawa had anything much to say in this film. I would recommend renting it, given the inflated price, and that only for aficionados, not the general viewer.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING October 7, 2011
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    This movie speaks for itself. It's pure cinematic artistry from Akira Kurusawa himself. This movie is gorgeous. It's the best looking black & White film I have ever seen. The plot is very interesting & quite humorous despite the characters being faced with death at every turn. GREAT cinematography. When you observe what Kurusawa was able to do back in 60's without modern tech, it really puts most modern directors to shame. Toshiro Mifune is an extraordinarily well rounded actor, and this is my favorite roll of his that I've seen so far. Brilliant.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars An very entertaining film! January 18, 2013
    By James
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    I love all the works of Akira Kurosawa and his collaboration with Toshiro Mifune. I have always found
    this movie to be fun to watch. The acting is great and their are some funny lines throughout. A most
    entertaining film.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars sanjuro the third son June 8, 2012
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    Even the title is interesting, ichro is the first son and inherits all the property, nichro is the second son and normally helps his older brother manage the property, and sanjuro the third son is hung out to dry. In the movie the title character is wonderfully acted and the mixture of comedy and drama is well done. Sanjuro is very real and plot twists are very good indeed. The head of the village who is saved is a wonderful surprise and last scene is incredible. One of my all time Japanese movie favorates and having spent six years in Japan I have seen a few. Get it.
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