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Sanjuro (DVD) DVD


A film by Akira Kurosawa In response to the huge critical and commercial success of Yojimbo (1961), Kurosawa and Mifune re-teamed a year later to make Sanjuro, a hilarious comedy of manners altogether more light-hearted than its predecessor. The story has Sanjuro (Mifune) running lazy rings around nine naïve and clean-cut samurai and two genteel ladies, whilst also cleaning up a spot of corruption in local government. Whilst Kurosawa plays most of it for laughs, expertly parodying the conventions of Japanese period action films, he stages a startling switch of mood with an intense finale which may well be the briefest, and most breathtaking duel in all cinema. Special Features: Digitally remastered in High Definition Introduction to Sanjuro by filmmaker Alex Cox (2003, 5 mins) Interview with filmmaker Alex Cox (2003, 9 mins): the director discusses the life and work of Akira Kurosawa Original Japanese theatrical trailer Essay by film historian and critic Philip Kemp Japan | 1962 | black and white | Japanese language, with optional English subtitles | 92 minutes | DVD9 | original aspect ratio 2.35:1 | PCM mono audio (320kbps) | Cert 12 | region 2

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  • 26 June 2017
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • DVD
  • Bfi
  • 12
  • 92 minutes
  • Dolby, PAL

Classic Japanese action drama directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshirô Mifune. Jaded, wandering samurai Sanjûrô Tsubaki (Mifune) encounters a clan of samurai who have been betrayed by the local superintendent. They had intended to present a formal accusation of corruption within their clan but would have been crushed by the superintendent's men had Sanjûrô not arrived and defended them. Sanjûrô finds himself embroiled in a plot to kidnap the local chamberlain and facilitate a power grab by the superintendent, but jaded as he is Sanjûrô feels he must also object to his rebellious samurai allies and their empty posturing.

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