Sanshō-dayū

山椒大夫 = Sansho the bailiff - Sanshō-dayū

Sansho the bailiff

DVD - 2015 | Japanese | DVD edition
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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 drivers -- Container.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2015]
Edition: DVD edition
ISBN: 9781604659856
1604659858
Call Number: DVD Foreign SANSHO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded leaflet (12 panels : illustrations ; 19 cm)
4 3/4 in
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital 1.0
widescreen (2.35:1),24 fps
NTSC
video file,DVD video,Region 1
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 溝口健二
永田雅一
八尋不二
依田義賢
田中絹代
花柳善章
香川京子
進藤英太郎
宮川一夫
伊藤熹朔
早坂文雄
森鴎外
Alternative Title: Sansho the bailiff

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A woman and her children fall from their place in society. From Sansho the bailiff, they can expect no mercy. This timeless, haunting film is all the more affecting because of its artistic symmetry - tragedy assaults, again and again, in balanced, painterly frames. (Japan, 1954)


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lindy919
Jul 08, 2018

I like Japanese films but this is one of the most BORING movies I have ever seen. It is the equivalent of watching Japanese people watching paint dry. The IMDB rating of 8.4 is not only ridiculous, it proves that many people over-rate movies simply because they are foreign (the movie, that is, not the person).

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lukasevansherman
May 06, 2015

Beautifully directed, emotionally devastating tale of a family torn apart in feudal Japan. The title character is not the protagonist, but a brutal slave master who runs a manor where a former governor's two children are forced to work after being taken from their mother. I'd compare to some of Bresson's films ("Mouchette," "Au Hazard Balthazar") in its ability to wipe you out, but director Kenji MIzoguchi isn't afraid of bigger, rawer emotional moments. One of the saddest films I've ever seen. Other important Mizoguchi films are "Ugetsu," "Life of Oharu," and "Street of Shame."

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