Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjr)
Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjr) (1963)

Toshiro Mifune stars here as a wandering samurai warrior who becomes the warrior-mentor for a bunch of budding samurai who are heading toward a showdown with their corrupt clan fathers. Sanjuro was directed by Akira Kurosawa.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 7, 1963
DVD Release Date: September 28, 1999
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Consensus: Technically impressive and superbly acted, Sanjuro is a funny, action-packed samurai adventure featuring outstanding cinematography and a charismatic performance from Toshiro Mifune.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This is fun but, compared with Kurosawa's other 60s efforts, relatively slight.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.'

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

The relative linearity of the film can't help but come as something of a disappointment after the feast of Yojimbo.

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Variety Staff

The charm of this fascinating Toho production, stylishly directed by Akira Kurosawa, is the personality of the hero, powerfully played by Toshiro Mifune.

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TV Guide

Technically, the film is one of Kurosawa's most impressive, featuring some superbly staged sword battles and exceptional use of complex widescreen compositions.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Time Out

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

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Satirical Samurai action of the highest order.

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Paul Brenner

a textbook on widescreen composition.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A successful follow-up to director Akira Kurosawa's smashing "Yojimbo", where he continues to chronicle the life events of a mysterious samurai… More
Chris Weber
It may be lighter in tone, a little funnier, and not as good as its predecessor Yojimbo, but Sanjuro is still a very good and highly entertaining film. Parts of… More
xGary Xx
Toshiro Mifune's wayward samurai returns to help out in the kidnapping of a statesman by a corrupt official intent on discrediting him to cover up his own… More
Cassandra Maples
Akira Kurosawa is probably the best Director in the entire History of film-making. He has not been that prolific given the amount of time he has spent making… More
Devon Bott
Akira Kurosawa's sequel (of sorts) to Yojimbo finds the hero (Toshiro Mifune) once again coming to the aid of hapless ineffectuals. This time it's a… More
Stella Dallas
i enjoyed this as much as yojimbo. it's a whole lot of fun. mifune is born to play comedy i think. such a ham but you can't take your eyes off him