Sanjuro

I am on a movie watching spree these days….though not an intense spree. This time it is a Akiro Kurosawa‘s 1962 Japanese movie, Sanjuro. I think is my 3 and halfth Kurosawan movie after Rashomon(1950), Ran(1985) and half of Madadayo(1993). I liked Rashomon a lot, and still like it. Even Ran was gripping enough. Madadayo was a different kind of movie. Interesting nevertheless. So, after all this history, the sight of Sanjuro naturally interested me. This is a gripping movie, with loads of fun coming together in the package. Its only around 1.5 hour long, which is one of the several best things about it. It is the movie adaptation of the novel – Peaceful days by Shuguro Yamamoto.

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Coming to the story, since the wiki entry for this movie does not provide much information, atleast at the moment I write this post, it is my turn to write about the story. There are a group of 9 young Samurai, a Chamberlain who is held captive by Kukui, the villian of this story. There is Sanjuro, a reckless and slightly eccentric looking samurai, who is willing to help the nine-young-samurai to release the chamberlain from the clutches of Kukui. The story proceeds with Sanjuro planning the ways to achieve their goal, which sometimes flop because of the 9 samurai. However, with his strategic plans and his valor, the ten men overcome all the hurdles and the story is a happy ending. However, Sanjuro dissappears in the end when the Chamberlain family wants to thank him. I am not quite sure if the movie ended here, or there is something more … as the video got spoilt in the last few minutes of the film :( some one, who saw the film, please drop a comment here.

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Toshiro Mifune as Sanjuro was just brilliant. The careless manner, the dishevelled appearance, the “i dont care who you are” kind of attitude – everything was perfect. There was a considerable deal of comedy in the movie, despite it being a relatively serious kind of movie. The dialogues related to Sanjuro’s satires and his belittlement of the nine samurai are all worth watching. I say watching because, me being “Japanese ignorant”, I only saw subtitles and understood the movie ;) The two ladies in the movie also played their role in making the movie enjoyable. Infact, the mannerisms and even the features and apparel of Japanese were a bit alien to me. So, some of the scenes amused me for that reason also. Dialogues and their delivery by Sanjuro were just brilliant, can’t resist saying this once more!

Yeah, it is fun to watch. Interesting movie. Keeps you glued till the end. It being a small movie is a plus point :) One online source on sanjuro is here.

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  1. Good review. What sets it apart is that,
    generally, I mean only generally and not always; people see the entire movie, I mean including the end; before writing a review. :)

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  3. నేను ఈ సినిమా చూడ లేదు , కాని దీని Prequel YOJIMBO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yojimbo_(film)) చూసా ..

    నే చూసిన అకిరా కురసోవా అన్ని సినిమాల్లో Toshiro Mifune ఉన్నాడు … గ్రేట్ ఆక్టర్ …
    నేను చూసింది కేవలం Rashomon, Stray Dog, Shichinin no samurai / Seven Samurai ..YOJIMBO and RAN ..RAN లో తోషీరో లేడనుకోండి … కాని మిగతా అన్నిట్లో అతని కారెక్టర్ సూపర్ …. YOJIMBO లో సంజురో రోల్ కి Seven Samurai లో అతని Kikuchiyo రోల్ కి కొన్ని పోలికలుంటాయి ….

    మరో మంచి సినిమా పరిచయం చేసినందుకు Thanks ..

    http://sambhavami.blogspot.com

  4. [...] is a 1961 Japanese movie by none other than Akira Kurosawa.  Its said as a kind of prequel to Sanjuro, about which I blogged a few days back, here.  I saw Yojimbo a couple of days back, and I say [...]

  5. The movie ends with a duel between Hanbei and Sanjuro… Sanjuro is leaving town, but Hanbei, along with the 9 young samurai catches up to him… and then claims he has been shamed by Sanjuros manipulative schemes and cannot leave things as they are… so he convinces a reluctant Sanjuro to a duel.

    The 2 samurai stare at each other for a few moments, and then they both draw their swords, and Sanjuro fels his oponent with a single blow…;.?

  6. The movie ends with a duel between Hanbei and Sanjuro… Sanjuro is leaving town, but Hanbei, along with the 9 young samurai catches up to him… and then claims he has been shamed by Sanjuros manipulative schemes and cannot leave things as they are… so he convinces a reluctant Sanjuro to a duel.

    The 2 samurai stare at each other for a few moments, and then they both draw their swords, and Sanjuro fels his oponent with a single blow…

    One of the yuoung samurai excitedly shouts praises to Sanjuors techniques, but is quickly and fiercely chastized by Sanjuro…

    He compares himself and his dead oponent to unsheathed swords, as the Lady had… and then leaves bidding the 9 young and reverent samurai farewell…

  7. I know the above is quite old, but I felt compelled to write because what nobody here mentions about the intense climax of Sanjuro is the startling (even by today’s standards) amount and force of blood that sprays out of Hanbei Muroto (Tatsuya Nakadai) when Mifune cuts him down. Kurosawa punctuates the very end of this film – which is overall much more comedic in tone than Yojimbo – with this violent slap that knocks the smiles right off our faces.

    You owe it to yourself to see the film as a whole because the last few minutes makes one rethink what the Kurosawa is really communicating here.


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