Sanjuro Sanjuro

Sanjuro

Akira Kurosawa

 
Sanjuro (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Japan
  • 1962
  • 96 minutes
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
  •  
  • Spine #53

Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa’s tightly paced, beautifully composed Sanjuro. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan’s evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a “proper” samurai on its ear. Less brazen in tone than its predecessor but equally entertaining, this classic character’s return is a masterpiece in its own right.

Cast

SanjuroToshiro Mifune
Hanbei MorotoTatsuya Nakadai
Kimura the SpyKeiju Kobayashi
Iiro IzakaYuzo Kayama
ChidoriReiko Dan
KurofujiTakashi Shimura
TakebayashiKamatari Fujiwara
Mutsuta’s wifeTakako Irie
MutsutaYunosuke Ito
KikuiMasao Shimizu

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack, preserving the original Perspecta simulated-stereo effects (DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Audio commentary by film historian and Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
  • A 35-minute documentary on the making of Sanjuro, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, featuring Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, production designer Yoshiro Muraki, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami
  • Theatrical teaser and trailer
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Sragow and comments from Kurosawa and his cast and crew

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Sanjuro: Return of the Ronin

By Michael Sragow March 23, 2010

In the Kurosawa movie family tree, Sanjuro (1962) is the sassy kid brother to Yojimbo, and like many light-hearted younger siblings, it’s underrated. After Yojimbo achieved blockbuster status in . . . Read more »

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On the Channel: Adventures in Moviegoing with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

September 21, 2017

The leading scorer in NBA history talks with us about how cinema first led him to his basketball career and how he drew inspiration from samurai movies. Read more »


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On the Channel: Tatsuya Nakadai Remembers Sanjuro

April 17, 2017

The illustrious résumé of Tatsuya Nakadai doubles as a snapshot of Japanese cinema in its golden age. Starting in the 1950s, the wildly prolific actor made a career out of shape-shifting, . . . Read more »



Photo Galleries

The Magnetic Mifune

April 01, 2014


Film Essays

Sanjuro: Return of the Ronin

By Michael Sragow March 23, 2010

In the Kurosawa movie family tree, Sanjuro (1962) is the sassy kid brother to Yojimbo, and like many light-hearted younger siblings, it’s underrated. After Yojimbo achieved blockbuster status in . . . Read more »

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