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A film by Akira Kurosawa
In response to the huge critical and commercial success of Yojimbo, Kurosawa and Mifune re-teamed a year later to make Sanjuro, a hilarious comedy of manners altogether more light-hearted than its predecessor.
The plot has Sanjuro (Mifune) running lazy rings around nine naïve and clean-cut samurai and two genteel ladies while cleaning up a spot of corruption in local government. Kurosawa plays most of it for laughs by expertly parodying the conventions of Japanese period action movies, but in the very last scene he stages a starling switch of mood with an intense finale which may well be the briefest, and most breathtaking, duel in all cinema.
DVD extras; include introduction by Alex Cox and biographies of Kurosawa and Mifune.
Japan | 1962 | black & white | Japanese language with English subtitles | 95 minutes | Ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Region 2 DVD
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