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Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshô dayû) (1954)

Sansho the Bailiff
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Kinuyo Tanaka Kinuyo Tanaka
Tamaki
Eitarô Shindô Eitarô Shindô
Sanshô dayû
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu
Masauji Taira
Ken Mitsuda Ken Mitsuda
Prime Minister Fujiwara
Kazukimi Okuni Kazukimi Okuni
Norimura


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Ogai Mori Ogai Mori
short story Sanshô dayû
Fuji Yahiro Fuji Yahiro
screenplay


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1 year, 6 months ago at Aug 2 9:46
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Drawing on a popular traditional tale and a 1915 novella by Mori Ogai, Mizoguchi’s Sansho the Bailiff/Sanshô dayû (1954) is a jidai-geki historical film concerning the cruel misfortune befalling the wife and children of a humane exiled provincial governor in ancient feudal Japan. I don’t want to give away too much, but some comments below should inevitably carry spoilers

Few i... read more

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1 year ago at Jan 12 16:03
2 votes
A stunning powerful film and one of the best cinematic achievement how "art of cinema"could be ,breathtaking cinematography

This film is so emotionally depressing but yet uplifting, at the end of the film,I felt like I saw the light in the darkest part of the universe/ or of the human's heart,it's about humanity, I cried my tears. One of the best cinematic experiences in my life, on m... read more

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5 years, 9 months ago at Apr 26 4:17
2 votes
Kurosawa is to Ford and Mizoguchi is to Capra. One of the most beautifully photographed Japanese masterpieces with a message to boot.
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Release date: 1 February 2016
Tags: Japan (8), 1950s (7), 1954 (5), Drama (4), Slavery (3), Samurai (2), Temple (2), Mother Son Relationship (2), Self Sacrifice (2), Buddhism (2), Grave (2), Abduction (2), Suicide (2), Historical (2), Japanese (2), Family (2), East Asia (2), Drowning (1), Brothel (1), Loss Of Sister (1)
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“A stunning powerful film and one of the best cinematic achievement how "art of cinema"could be ,breathtaking cinematography

This film is so emotionally depressing but yet uplifting, at the end of the film,I felt like I saw the light in the darkest part of the universe/ or of the human's heart,it's about humanity, I cried my tears. One of the best cinematic experiences in my life, on my Top 10 list,but i may never watch it again, it's gloomy haunting, a heartbreaking film.

I'd like to mention I feel "Ugetsu" is more famous than this film, and other japanese masterpieces by other directors like Tokyo Story (my best) /Rashomon/Seven Samurai. It takes me a long way to finally find this masterpiece, unforgettable experience.” read more

Kenji posted a review 1 year, 6 months ago

“Drawing on a popular traditional tale and a 1915 novella by Mori Ogai, Mizoguchi’s Sansho the Bailiff/Sanshô dayû (1954) is a jidai-geki historical film concerning the cruel misfortune befalling the wife and children of a humane exiled provincial governor in ancient feudal Japan. I don’t want to give away too much, but some comments below should inevitably carry spoilers

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