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Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshô dayû) (1954)

Sansho the Bailiff
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8.3 IMDB rating

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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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8 months, 2 weeks 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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3 months, 1 week ago at Jan 12 16:03
1 vote
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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4 years, 11 months ago at Apr 26 4:17
1 vote
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: 7 April 2015
Japan (8), 1950s (7), 1954 (5), Drama (4), Slavery (3), Grave (2), Abduction (2), Suicide (2), Historical (2), Japanese (2), Family (2), East Asia (2), Samurai (2), Temple (2), Mother Son Relationship (2), Self Sacrifice (2), Buddhism (2), Emancipation (1), Human Branding (1), Escaped Slave (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.

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Kenji posted a review 8 months, 2 weeks 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

Few if any films can match the feeling for the beauty of nature, the mix of painterly eye, captivating silvery luminosity (even accompanied by a sense of sinister foreboding). The great cinematographer Miyagawa Kazuo does a magnificent job. Mizo trusted his cinematographers and presumably his own sense of shot set-up, and what he wanted, without recourse to the viewfinder. He usually tended to give actors/a” read more

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