Sanjuro: Remastered Edition (The Criterion Collection)
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And the sequel to Akira Kurosawa's classic "Yojimbo" is very different in tone -- rather than a straightforward grizzled-anti-hero-cleans-up-the-town tale, it's a comic story about the unnamed hero getting stuck on a ship of fools, and having to unravel a small-time political conspiracy. While it's Kurosawa's lightest samurai movie, it's still a solid action/drama flick with plenty of comedy sprinkled in.
A gang of idealistic young nobles are gathered in a decaying house, talking about how they are trying to battle local corruption. Suddenly a scruffy warrior (Toshirô Mifune) who calls himself Sanjûrô Tsubaki (basic translation -- 30-year-old camellia... going on forty), appears and tells them who is lying and who isn't -- and that after confiding in the treacherous superintendant, they're being set up for an ambush.
After he saves their butts and drags the none-too-bright young men into hiding, he begins concocting a plan to save one young man's uncle, who is being held as a political hostage. After rescuing the lord's wife and daughter, Sanjuro and his band of fools continue with their plots to save him from the evil superintendant -- and he teaches his bumbling co-conspirators that exalted social position isn't what keeps you alive...
Kurosawa isn't known for having made goofball comedies -- he tended more towards action and tragedy -- but there's a definite comic flair to "Sanjuro," from the pampered prisoner offering nuggets of wisdom ("Get back in the closet!" one of his captors yells) to the silent "happy dance" that all the young noblemen do.Read more ›
Criterion did an excellent job with their recent re-release of Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai, and it appears that they are giving the same treatment to both Yojimbo & Sanjuro. A new (and improved) translation, commentary from Steven Price, as well as documentary film focusing on Kurosawa during the time he was making these great movies. This review is modified from my review of the Yojimbo/Sanjuro double DVD pack, each movie is great, but I'd recommend picking up both.
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Two of my favorite actors Tatsuya Nakadai and Kunie Tanaka are in this. I may be being biased but those two together usually make for a good moviePublished 4 months ago by RealEyesRealizeRealLies
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... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Robert J. Crawford
Sanjuro comes to the aid of youth as they take a stand against corruption. Well worth seeing - I have already recommended it to friends.Published on July 7, 2013 by George K.
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. Read more
This BlueRay should be region free and it is not - so I cannot watch it; please advise if a BlueRay product is not region freePublished on November 24, 2011 by sole man
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. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Claymation
Movie - 4.5
Alright, my third Kurosawa film! Here we have the continuing adventures of Sanjuurou in the self-titled movie, which amply reflects a good majority of the... Read more
The usual high standard of tranfer and support materials from this superb publishing house. An important film, droll and dark by turns, and Mifune clearly delighted to be working... Read morePublished on August 22, 2009 by J Rodbard
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