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Three Outlaw Samurai

Hideo Gosha

 
Three Outlaw Samurai (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

  • Japan
  • 1964
  • 93 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #596

This first feature by the legendary Hideo Gosha is among the most beloved chanbara (sword-fighting) films. An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television phenomenon of the same name, Three Outlaw Samurai is a classic in its own right. A wandering, seen-it-all ronin (Tetsuro Tamba) becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira), hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, this is an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty.

Cast

Sakon ShibaTetsuro Tamba
Kyojuro SakuraIsamu Nagato
Einosuke KikyoMikijiro Hira
AyaMiyuki Kuwano
OyasuYoshiko Kayama
JinbeiKamatari Fujiwara
Uzaemon MatsushitaTatsuya Ishiguro
OmitsuKyoko Aoi
MosukeHisashi Igawa
Toranoshin TanabeIchiro Izawa
YasugoroJun Tatara
OineToshie Kimura
OmakiYoko Mihara

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri

    New cover by Greg Ruth

Film Essays

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Three Outlaw Samurai: The Disloyal Bunch

By Bilge Ebiri February 14, 2012

The renowned perfectionist Hideo Gosha’s debut is a feat of storytelling and swordplay. Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Three Outlaw Samurai

February 27, 2012

Hideo Gosha’s classic sword-fighting film measures up to Kurosawa and is plenty of adventurous fun to boot, say the critics. Read more »


Posters

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Off to Battle

February 27, 2012

Cover of Shochiku promotional booklet forThree Outlaw Samurai, 1964 Read more »


Film Essays

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Three Outlaw Samurai: The Disloyal Bunch

By Bilge Ebiri February 14, 2012

The renowned perfectionist Hideo Gosha’s debut is a feat of storytelling and swordplay. Read more »

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Beyond Kurosawa

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Without a Conscience

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Samurai Spectacle

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Jimmy Melnarik

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Other Editions

Three Outlaw Samurai (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $19.95

Criterion Store price:$15.96