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Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshô dayû) (1954)

Sansho the Bailiff
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(114 ratings)
8.2 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


Written by (View all)
Ogai Mori

Ogai Mori

short story Sanshô dayû
Fuji Yahiro

Fuji Yahiro

screenplay


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2 months, 3 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 if ... read more

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4 years, 6 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: 14 October 2014
Japan (8), 1950s (7), 1954 (4), Drama (4), Slavery (3), Temple (2), Mother Son Relationship (2), Self Sacrifice (2), Buddhism (2), Grave (2), Abduction (2), Suicide (2), Japanese (2), Historical (2), Family (2), East Asia (2), Samurai (2), Melodrama (1), Loss Of Sister (1), Mercy (1)
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