Sanjuro | Chicago Reader


Rated NR 96 minutes 1962

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.

Film Credits

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Writer: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa and Hideo Oguni

Producer: Ryuzo Kikushima and Tomoyuki Tanaka

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

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