Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjr)
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Set in the mid-19th century when the disintegration of a rigid social structure was turning the once wealthy into paupers, or vice-versa, this kinetic drama by acclaimed Akira Kurosawa features the hero Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune), one of many samurai whose once traditional positions were fast disappearing. In this tale of false perceptions and truth, of honor and dishonor, Sanjuro is a character who captures and holds attention from the moment he appears on screen. When he arrives in a small city, he discovers that a band of nine men are anxious to overthrow the corrupt ruling elite. Physically… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is fun but, compared with Kurosawa's other 60s efforts, relatively slight."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A surprising, fetching, beautifully made film that fitly propounds the lesson of his own professionalism: 'Never send a boy to do a man's work.'"
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The relative linearity of the film can't help but come as something of a disappointment after the feast of Yojimbo."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"For escapist fare, this ranks highly"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"One of Kurosawa's lesser works, but still well worth a rental."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The charm of this fascinating Toho production, stylishly directed by Akira Kurosawa, is the personality of the hero, powerfully played by Toshiro Mifune."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Technically, the film is one of Kurosawa's most impressive, featuring some superbly staged sword battles and exceptional use of complex widescreen compositions."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Rather than simply repeating the successful formula of Yojimbo, which incorporated humor but largely played it straight, Sanjuro flips the script for a largely comic action picture punctuated by a dark, rug-yanking conclusion. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Mifune's smashing performance is the force that makes it all work so well."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A simple and highly effective action-comedy, with an outstanding performance from Mifune and an unforgettable finale."
‑ , Film4
"Kurosawa was pressured by his producers into directing this sequel to Yojimbo, and rose to the occasion by making his funniest and least overtly didactic film"
‑ , Time Out
"Satirical Samurai action of the highest order."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"a textbook on widescreen composition."
‑ Paul Brenner,
"Mifune's disheveled samurai is an almost cartoonlike send-up of the established samurai image."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"The follow-up to YOJIMBO is just as sharp, funny, and exciting. The only bad thing about it is that it was the only sequel."
‑ Brian Mckay,
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