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Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Episode #19

Daiei Studios released Sansho the Bailiff on March 31, 1954. Kenji Mizoguchi directed the film starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, and Kyôko Kagawa.

‘Sansho the Bailiff’ Criterion Summary

Sansho the Bailiff (1954)When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. Under Kenji Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

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Daiei Studios released Sansho the Bailiff on March 31, 1954. Kenji Mizoguchi directed the film starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, and Kyôko Kagawa.

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  1. Glad you liked it. Too bad Bobby couldn’t join. Interesting that the Blu-ray comes with a book that the dvd doesn’t have. If you thought this had great imagery, Ugetsu is even better. Mizoguchi’s not really like Kurosawa. Like you say he makes more heavy dramas.

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