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Sansho the Bailiff

Kenji Mizoguchi

 
Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1954
  • 124 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #386

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. Under Kenji Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

Cast

Tamaki/Nakagimi Kinuyo Tanaka
Zushiô/Mutsu-Waka Yoshiaki Hanayagi
Anju/Shinobu Kyoko Kagawa
Taira Masauji Masao Shimizu
Sanshô Dayû Eitarô Shindô
TaroAtikake Kono
DonmoRosuke Kagawa
FujiwaraKen Mitsuda
Taira MasasueShozo Nanbu
UbatakeChieko Naniwa
KichijiBontaro Miake
KinpeiSaburo Date
Slave traderAkira Shimizu
NioIchiro Sugai
NamjiKimiko Tachibana
KohagiYoko Kozono
Naito KaikudoKanji Koshiba
Shinto priestessKikue Mori
Jiro of SadoYukio Horikita
Saburo MiyazakiHachiro Okuni
New ”Nakagimi”Teruko Omi
Zushio as a childNaoki Fujima
Zushio as a boyMasahiko Kato
Anju as a childKeiko Enami

Credits

DirectorKenji Mizoguchi
ProducerMasaichi Nagata
PlanningHisaichi Tsuji
ScreenplayFuji Yahiro and Yoshikata Yoda
From the story ”Sansho dayu” byÔgai Mori
Director of photographyKazuo Miyagawa
Assistant photographerShozo Tanaka
LightingKenichi Okamoto
Assistant directorTokuzo Tanaka
EditorMitsuzo Miyata
Art directorsKisaku Ito and Kozaburo Nakajima
Assistant art directorAkira Naito
Set decoratorYuichiro Yamamoto
PaintingsTazaburo Ota
CostumesYoshio Ueno and Yoshimi Shima
MakeupMasanori Kobayashi
MusicFumio Hayasaka
SoundIwao Otani

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Japanese-literature scholar Jeffrey Angles
  • Interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka, and actress Kyoko Kagawa on the making of the film and its lasting importance
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by scholar Mark Le Fanu and two versions of the story on which the film is based: Ogai Mori’s 1915 “Sansho the Steward” and an earlier oral variation in written form

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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Sansho the Bailiff: The Lessons of Sansho

By Mark Le FanuFebruary 27, 2013

More than eighty films into his career, Kenji Mizoguchi made this emotionally devastating . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Sansho the Bailiff

By Michael SragowOctober 25, 1994

Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho the Bailiff brings to mind the first line of Ford Madox Ford’s The . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Current_1021_014_thumbnail

Sansho the Bailiff: The Lessons of Sansho

By Mark Le FanuFebruary 27, 2013

More than eighty films into his career, Kenji Mizoguchi made this emotionally devastating . . . Read more »


News

Robin Wood Series at TIFF Cinematheque

June 18, 2010

Toronto’s TIFF Cinematheque is honoring the irreplaceable film critic and scholar Robin Wood, . . . Read more »


News

Kinuyo Tanaka: 100 Years, 100-Plus Movies

October 27, 2009

This month marks the centenary of Kinuyo Tanaka, one of Japan’s most prolific actors as well . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Sansho the Bailiff

By Michael SragowOctober 25, 1994

Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho the Bailiff brings to mind the first line of Ford Madox Ford’s The . . . Read more »