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Director: Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Toshirô Mifune
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Format: DVD
Sku: 203390213
UPC: 715515020923
UPC 14: 00715515020923
Category Keywords: Action  Adventure  Theatrical Release
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"Mifune's smashing performance is the force that makes it all work so well.  Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...a shocking, graphic, powerful ending, and a perfect finish to this pair of remarkable films.  Tod Booth,

Editor's Note
A sequel to YOJIMBO, SANJURO features Toshirô Mifune reprising his role as the title character, an uncouth wanderer with a quick sword. While napping in a deserted shrine, the cynical and unkempt warrior is awakened by a meeting of nine young samurai who seek to weed out corruption within their city. While the youths take their situation at face value, the sleepy Sanjuro interjects with wise insight, pointing out that the real corruption may be hidden. The temple is suddenly surrounded by men seeking to kill the nine samurai, but Sanjuro cleverly hides them and fiercely deters the entire band of attackers, led by Muroto (Tatsuya Nakadai). Now indebted to Sanjuro, the novice warriors proceed to follow the unlikely hero around like lost puppies in their attempts to defeat the corrupt local officials.

Akira Kurosawa's YOJIMBO was such a success that the director decided to make another film in the same comedic-adventure vein. Once again Mifune is in fine form, portraying Sanjuro as a gruff character who would rather laze about and drink sake than fight for justice. Constantly suspicious of the irreverent swordsman, his nine clean-cut followers slowly begin to look past his outward appearance and discover Sanjuro's deep, if unconventional, sense of honor. 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/23/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 96 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1659
Video UPC UPC: 00715515020923
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Sanjuro - DVD Review
By: Paul Brenner DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/12/2010 6:43 PM
One of the biggest hits in Akira Kurosawa's film career was 1961's Yojimbo, the genre smasher with Toshiro Mifune's instantly legendary performance as Sanjuro, that shambling and bedraggled ronin who roams the countryside looking for food, shelter, and cash for anyone who will pay him to kill. So successful was Yojimbo that Kurosawa's studio prevailed upon him to rework a script he had been working on, turning it into a Mifune vehicle with Mifune reprising his role as Sanjuro. And within a few months it was written, shot, and in the theaters. The result of this rush job by Kurosawa was Sanjuro -- a quieter, gentler the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Keiji Kobayashi
Video Cast Info Tatsuya Nakadai
Video Cast Info Toshiro Mifune
Video Cast Info Yuzo Kayama
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa - Director
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa - Editor
Video Cast Info Fukuzo Koizumi - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Masaru Sato - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ryuzo Kikushima, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Takao Saito - Cinematographer
Plot Summary
A first-rate Japanese adventure film about a group of naive, overly serious young warriors determined to take on their corrupt clan leaders with the assistance of a wise but grizzled samurai. The legendary Mifune (SEVEN SAMURAI) reprises his role as Sanjuro in this inventive and often hilarious sequel to Kurosawa's brilliant YOJIMBO.

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...There's no lack of stunningly choreographed action scenes....[With a] final, breathtaking showdown..." 11/01/2003 p.70

Total Film
"...SANJURO exhibits all of Kurosawa's formal beauty while parodying the conventions of the Japanese action film..." 12/01/2003 p.130

"The climactic duel shows the great Japanese director at his controlled, no-frills best." 01/01/2004 p.142 9 of 10
Short and sweet. If you haven't seen Yojimbo, go rent that before this. If you haven't seen Seven Samurai, go rent that before Yojimbo. And once you've done those two, graduate to Sanjuro...As said before, the fighting isn't the object. The twists in the tale and the performance of Mifune bring so much more to this film, and the two previously mentioned, than Hollywood is capable of today. This movie won't be for everybody. It's black and white, it's old, and it's subtitled, but it's something you can't and won't look away from. - Chris Parry

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Kurosawa,Akira
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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