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Sanjuro

Akira Kurosawa's 1962 spin-off of his 1961 action comedy hit Yojimbo stars Toshiro Mifune as a disreputable samurai who helps nine young samurai wannabes expose a corrupt official. Many of the best laughs here concern a couple of very proper female characters who object to Sanjuro's violence (“Killing people is a bad habit,” notes one of them); otherwise Sanjuro's status as a renegade superhero who's nearly always right goes unchallenged. This is fun but, compared with Kurosawa's other 60s efforts, relatively slight. Like Yojimbo, it was made in black-and-white 'Scope, albeit with a less distinguished cinematographer. In Japanese with subtitles.

Credits

Director:

  • Akira Kurosawa

Cast:

  • ToshirĂ´ Mifune
  • Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Takashi Shimura
  • Yuzo Kayama
  • Reiko Dan
  • Masao Shimizu
  • Yunosuke Ito
  • Takako Irie
  • Kamatari Fujiwara
  • Keiju Kobayashi

Writers:

  • Ryuzo Kikushima
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Hideo Oguni

Producers:

  • Ryuzo Kikushima
  • Tomoyuki Tanaka

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