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Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshô dayû) (1954)

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Sachiko Sôma Sachiko Sôma
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Akira Shimizu Akira Shimizu
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Saburo Miyazaki
Kanji Koshiba Kanji Koshiba
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Ichirô Sugai Ichirô Sugai
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6 years, 2 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

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5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 12 16:03
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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 m... read more

A classic

2 years, 5 months ago at May 25 21:55
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Since this movie is a classic, I was quite eager to check it out, especially since it is included in the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' list. Well, to be honest, even though I did like it, I have to admit that I did struggle a little bit to get into this movie. I mean, it is a beautiful but terribly tragic tale and, sometimes, it felt like a sad poem using film instead of words. Sometim... read more
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.
Release date: 31 March 1954
Tags: Japan (7), 1950s (6), Drama (4), 1954 (4), Slavery (3), Abduction (2), Family (2), Historical (2), Suicide (2), Grave (2), Buddhism (2), Self Sacrifice (2), Temple (2), Mother Son Relationship (2), Samurai (2), East Asia (2), Japanese (2), Escaped Slave (1), Lake (1), Middle Ages (1)
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