With Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô. It helps that Nakadai is playing a completely different character in looks and attitude. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Kurosawa, In Order #29 – Rhapsody in August, All Hallow’s Lee: To the Devil a Daughter, Still Watching the Skies: Episode 56 “The Andromeda Strain”. The film opens, somewhat surprisingly, without Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) wandering into town. their entire careers around creating gorier and gorier effects. Sanjuro´s interactions with the young naive samurai are hilarious and I also enjoy how sound effects are used for comedic effect. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. Already the film establishes a “how are they going to get out of this one” sense of adventure. falls. A lot can go wrong actually. If Sanjuro was merely a fun romp, Kurosawa could have ended the movie right there, but even the lightest Kurosawa movies have some message attached. Kurosawa had used one version of the “wise fool” in Seven Samurai and here he presents another version. Samurai movies would go on to inspire a generation of Spaghetti Western Masterless men, who are standing conspiratorially close as they discuss the duel. And it doesn’t take long for the samurai to find Sanjuro on the road out of town as he and Muroto prepare to square off in a duel. He is constantly depicted as separate from the group, dirty and constantly scratching, as contrasted to carefully coiffed and clean samurai. Like with Yojimbo my basis for comparison is again with Criterion’s original non-anamorphic DVD from 1999. Feel free to insert your own Human Centipede joke here, who knows, Sanjuro might actually have been an inspiration considering there’s a Japanese part in Tom Six’s film. Quotes ... Sanjûrô Tsubaki : [before their final duel] Must we fight? In the end the Samurai defeats the young henchman Sanjuro may never get cut down out of foolish pride, but he’s clearly going to continue to wander in the wilderness. Throughout the story, Sanjuro poses as a bad ronin who is after making a quick score. Kurosawa almost always had a contemporary film lined up among his period films and he and Mifune would return to a crime thriller like their earliest outings. Toshiro Mifune is playing the role Clint Eastwood played. If this whole setup looks like a high noon scene from a And Muroto offers Sanjuro a place by his side. Which forces Sanjuro to act, against his efforts not to kill people wantonly, to free the two samurai when Muroto leaves to get additional guards due to the importance of their two prisoners. straight line from this shot to such diverse modern masterworks as Posted on Jun 10, 2013 by Robert Reineke | 0 comments. A naked sword. What can go wrong with that plan? Someone that could have been his friend and ally in different circumstances. This Criterion Collection contains Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 film, “Yojimbo,” & its 1962 sequel, “Sanjuro,” both of which star Toshiro Mifune in the lead role as Kuwabatake Sanjuro. Muroto sets up a trap which the young samurai are eager to rush into, but which Sanjuro keeps them out of. confronts the Samurai at a dusty crossroads as he is trying to leave town. Kurosawa had wanted to make a film based on Shuguro Yamamoto’s story “Peaceful Days” before he made Yojimbo. Kurosawa doesn’t let the ideas bog down the story, as there’s still an escape to be made with the two ladies, with Sanjuro offering himself as a footstool for the older lady. thoughtful art, more in harmony than in 1962’s. And it’s left to Sanjuro to take charge, which will define the remainder of the movie as he uses his head to get out of the tight spot. with the violence and killing he is forced to engage in purely due to the When Sanjuro, walking into town, announces, “I want 3 coffins”, my friend immediately realized he was watching the Japanese version of A Fistful of Dollars. The transfer is presented in 1080p/24hz. A friend, while in college, went to a showing of Yojimbo. 97.2k members. Did you every watch the duel at the end of Sanjuro in slow motion? His constant coming out of and retreating into the little closet the group has him “imprisoned” in is one of the great comic relief gags of Kurosawa’s career. It doesn’t take long but the Superintendent’s men arrive and find a grumpy ronin, upset that his sleep has been disturbed, instead of a bunch of rebellious samurai. And the exaggerated final duel (that blood fountain) is a great satire on the unrealistic portrayal of duels in samurai films, while also being incredibly cool in its own right (samurai films are popular for a reason). Muroto is so trusting that he’s ready to reveal all to Sanjuro. Chat with us here: https://discord.gg/ZSbP4ZC. The Chamberlain cuts them a little slack by telling a joke about his looks, but the lesson is communicated. The other young samurai aren’t really given much characterization other than the hothead of the group. Product Identifiers Or almost pure, as Sanjuro decides to take some responsibility for these young fools who might get themselves killed out of their own idealism. Samurai movies show a distinct Western influence. Featuring an excellent supporting cast and typically brilliant photography, the film is engaging from the bold opening scene to the tense, bloody final duel between Muroto and Sanjuro. Even their prisoner, in a great bit of comic relief, almost becomes part of their group under the influence of the Chamberlain’s wife. But, rather, it’s a film that acknowledges that there’s really no place in society for someone like our favorite ronin. Posts. By all accounts the shoot was one of Kurosawa’s shortest and most fun. It’s a connection that Sanjuro might take advantage of in a different time. That embarrassment saves Sanjuro’s cover, but a failure that spectacular can’t be ignored as Sanjuro’s plan to infiltrate the Superintendent’s group comes to a premature and futile end which accomplished nothing but the unnecessary deaths of some guards. their swords. The pairing of Kurosawa and Mifune was still strong as Kurosawa was preparing his next film. Muroto’s first act, after sending his troops elsewhere, is to offer Sanjuro a job. He is so convincing that Hanbei (Tatsuya Nakadai) swallows his line and becomes the unwitting accomplice of … What follows are a series of feints and where Sanjuro starts to run out of fresh ideas. Kurosawa isn’t really known for his broad humor, but here he goes all in with Mifune playing the part to the hilt. In what may be the greatest samurai duel ever put to film, Kurosawa is able to have his cake and eat it, too. bloodlessness), but today you have blood filled squibs popping off everywhere reflection of the Samurai. Before departing for the road again, Sanjuro acknowledges that indeed the best swords remain sheathed and instructs the young samurai to remember that. (and it still works, especially after viewing the entire film in all its A duel that Sanjuro thinks is foolish and unnecessary, but which Muroto insists on since Sanjuro abused his trust. the two square off for a fight to the death. Moruto is no sadist, but a pragmatic leader in his own right who recognizes a kindred spirit in Sanjuro. Product Identifiers r/loltyler1. Yojimbo is the original "A Fist Full of Dollars". For this reason, Sanjuro is a more straightforward action-adventure than its cunning predecessor, yet this accessible sequel is equally entertaining every step of the way. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Hanbei draws his sword, but the faster Sanjuro kills him. Tatsuya Nakadai was Mifune’s chief nemesis in Yojimbo, and obviously Kurosawa wanted to repeat that success. Realizing that the Superintendent will act swiftly, they’re all immediately off to spirit the Chamberlain away. Subsequent directors around the world based Sanjuro is reluctant to fight and tries to dissuade Hanbei, but Hanbei is furious at his loss of dignity and declares he can only find ease by killing Sanjuro. It would turn out to be another triumph, featuring one of Mifune’s best performances, and turn out to be one of Kurosawa’s most accessible films. The action is sudden, and violent with an impressive gush of blood as Muroto is dispatched, with a quick montage of reaction shots from all the spectators. Which isn’t to say that Sanjuro is a tragedy. Masterless and disgraced, Muroto challenges the Samurai to a duel. couldn’t have known that he was sending us down a road that ended in mass desensitization The young samurai misjudge Sanjuro based on his appearance and mannerisms, and Kurosawa subverts the audience’s own judgment in the same way. To an audience in 1962 that blood fountain was shocking and novel But, Sanjuro has already picked sides. He was exactly like me. Muroto welcomes Sanjuro with open arms. Sanjuro may not be a masterpiece, but it’s only really because Yojimbo got there first. Sanjuro. As seen in the film, the slaps both surprised the actors and knocked them backwards. Rather than the prolonged sword battle typical of the genre, the final duel plays out like a Western gun fight (in the style popularised by Sergio Leone later in the decade): a long, staring, near-motionless build, then a moment of cathartic violence, then a pause to allow what just happened to sink in. And, in a burst of action, Sanjuro kills two of the guards, while the remaining samurai capture one for questioning, and have spirited the women to the local barn. r/criterion. As they poke their heads out, it’s an image that George Lucas would re-appropriate for Star Wars and the smugglers compartments of the Millennium Falcon. Visit. Muroto recognizes a man of Sanjuro’s skill and can relate to him on a level that the idealistic samurai cannot. Ten samurai is clearly an unwieldy number. Again, the Superintendent and Hanbei Muroto are ahead of them as they arrive at the Chamberlain’s house in time to discover that the Superintendent’s troops are already there. Sanjuro being the name of the character (obviously a pseudonym), he is a ronin that gets sucked in to a local coup. Picture 8/10. brilliant young henchman of the Superintendent who is in many ways a dark These events are necessary and fun, but they don’t really move the plot forward. all. Kurosawa Sanjuro is the sequel. card classic compact. Again it’s a reprise of Yojimbo, but a thrilling reprise nonetheless, as Sanjuro slaughters the guards in a tour de force action sequence. Sanjuro compares all of them creeping around to a centipede. the gaggle of young samurai watching in the background framed between the two And, for once, Sanjuro has no response. to violence, he just knew that he had made an awesome effect, and he was right. A thanks was planned for Sanjuro as well, but he’s nowhere to be seen, which is something of a relief to the Chamberlain even as the young samurai rush out to find Sanjuro. Their adventure opens with immediate comedic results. The famous final scene of his duel with Hanbei, the henchman of the corrupt superintendent, is poignant. classics like, Nowhere were these dueling goals, crowd pleasing and Since they have no way of knowing where the Chamberlain is, Sanjuro takes charge sending many of the samurai off to spy on the houses of the Superintendent and his confederates while he plots the rescue of the Chamberlain’s wife (Takakao Irie) and Iiro’s love interest, Chidori (Reiko Dan). With through trickery and deception rather than skill with a blade. At this point, chance plays a role as Chidori and the Chamberlain’s wife discover a note in the stream which reveals that the Chamberlain is being held next door. Audiences agreed as Sanjuro was yet another hit. In the final scene of the film, the young henchman Muroto Throughout the film he repeatedly spars with his opposite number, a There is a good point to be made here about too much of a Not taking no for an answer, Iiro reports that he turned to the Superintendent Kikui (Masao Shimizu) for help and after being surprised by the uncle’s reaction the Superintendent agreed to cooperate. I found this part of the plot to be tricky to follow, and I was definitely referring back to the wiki plot explanation often to make sure I was keeping up with what was going on. Sanjuro is an amazing piece of cinematography. They want to thank Sanjuro, but he doesn’t want their thanks, rather a few coins so that he can feed himself. The Hidden Fortress (隠し砦の三悪人, Kakushi toride no san akunin, literally, "The Three Villains of the Hidden Fortress") is a 1958 jidaigeki adventure film directed by Akira Kurosawa.It narrates the story of two peasants who agree to escort a man and a woman across enemy lines in return for gold without knowing that he is a general and the woman is a princess. Communities. Sanjuro is quick, but the Superintendent is wasting no time either and a glance out the window concludes that all escape routes have been blocked. He asks if the uncle is ugly and when told the response is yes, quickly surmises that the young samurai have been lured into a trap and the Superintendent is the corrupt force. In a bit of a repeat of Yojimbo, Sanjuro has hidden the young samurai under the floor boards of the temple. All that death is caused by a lack of trust. A carefully composed composition as we wait for the two samurai to spring into action road. 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