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Sanbiki no samurai (Three Outlaw Samurai) Reviews

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sanjurosamurai

Super Reviewer

July 1, 2013
a fantastic film. a solid concept and good characters although one dimensional for the most part. the execution was, at times, a bit clumsy, but overall the themes of the story were so effective, well thought out, and truthfully cynical.
Chris B

Super Reviewer

November 15, 2011
"Three Outlaw Samurai" looks stunning on it's new Criterion released Blu-ray and is showcasing Hideo Gosha's skill even during his first feature film! The story is simplistic and basic but is conveyed with such depth and beauty, it is far from just a standard samurai flick. The cinematography is beautiful and catches the beautiful backdrops and scenery as well as all the action going on throughout the struggles of the peasants and samurai. The film features detailed and realistic swordplay and is a pleasure to watch for the duration of the film. While the story is basic it is also very witty as well and puts the samurai honor code (Bushido for those of you in the know) on it's rear and challenges many traditional Japanese ideals. A key example is near the end of the film when all the evil samurai have been defeated all the peasants have to do is take the petition to the Lord who is right in front of them, yet no one steps up due to fear. In the end the three outlaw samurai have done great good and stood up for what's right but the peasants they fought for don't appreciate or step up to the plate and essentially made the three's struggle in vain. This realistic and poignant realization is quite unique and really says what the Director wants to say about people and culture.
August 23, 2014
An impressive tale with equally good fight scenes!
August 16, 2014
Three (good) peasants take the daughter of the (evil) magistrate hostage in order to force him to hear their plea about too high taxes during rough years for their crops. One, two, and then three roving rogue samurai take up their cause. Their motivation is typically uncertain (but we feel that they are essentially honourable and on the side of social justice). Shot beautifully in black and white and widescreen with lots of swordplay - and perhaps more character development than some films in this genre. But ultimately, it is just a genre pic and a solid one at that.
January 1, 2013
Three Outlaw Samurai is a beautifully shot film that tells the story of three samurais who stand up against a corrupt magistrate which ultimately causes the outlaws to be where the true Nobility stands. An outstanding film with great action to boot.
December 3, 2012
An idealistic portrait of ronin, with kind of a Three Musketeers feel. Quite enjoyable, though I prefer my samurai treacherous and opportunistic.
matt m.
December 2, 2012
It was good but not sensational.
John Serrano
August 14, 2012
Hideo Gosha's directorial debut is just as integrally beautiful as his other films. As you might expect with Gosha, Three Outlaw Samurai is gorgeously shot, brilliantly choreographed, and its story beautifully told. The score might not be up to snuff with his other films, but it still does add to the many amazing subtleties of the film. The story is simple and direct but it still manages to feel complex. Gosha displays his keen ability to mix intricate storytelling with intense sword battles to satisfy the chanbara fan and the arthouse fan inside of everyone. Just like Hideo Gosha's other films, Three Outlaw Samurai is simply magical.
July 26, 2012
An impressive and thrilling art house production and a most splendid directorial debut that any aspiring director can imagine. This samurai tale, filled with stunning sword fights, shows a respectable story about honor and virtues that are able to withstand any adversities. With a very strong narrative structure, beautiful cinematography and a smashing performance by Tetsuro Tamba, Three Outlaw Samurai remains true to its genre. The Criterion Collection did a great job of releasing this untimely flick.
July 9, 2012
"The peasants risked their lives. A samurai can do no less." Whoa. This truly was magnificent. I mean, it was just as action-packed as a Lone Wolf And Cub film, but they couldn't be more different (first and foremost, the violence in this one is actually realistic haha). This one was so much more‚¶hmm, elegant. And I mean that in every sense of the word. The fights were beautiful, the dialogue was engaging, the storytelling was heartfelt, the characters were emotionally charged. This was also Hideo Gosha's film debut. Holy crap, what a debut! I have instantly found a "new" favorite director, gotta check out his other stuff. The movie is also timeless. While you can pretty easily tell that the Lone Wolf and Cub series is from the 1970s, this one was made in 1964. Yet, it feels like it could have been made today. Honestly, no complaints; it's a must see.
March 21, 2012
Os duelos de espadas são cool, mas não percebi nada da história.
Chris B

Super Reviewer

November 15, 2011
"Three Outlaw Samurai" looks stunning on it's new Criterion released Blu-ray and is showcasing Hideo Gosha's skill even during his first feature film! The story is simplistic and basic but is conveyed with such depth and beauty, it is far from just a standard samurai flick. The cinematography is beautiful and catches the beautiful backdrops and scenery as well as all the action going on throughout the struggles of the peasants and samurai. The film features detailed and realistic swordplay and is a pleasure to watch for the duration of the film. While the story is basic it is also very witty as well and puts the samurai honor code (Bushido for those of you in the know) on it's rear and challenges many traditional Japanese ideals. A key example is near the end of the film when all the evil samurai have been defeated all the peasants have to do is take the petition to the Lord who is right in front of them, yet no one steps up due to fear. In the end the three outlaw samurai have done great good and stood up for what's right but the peasants they fought for don't appreciate or step up to the plate and essentially made the three's struggle in vain. This realistic and poignant realization is quite unique and really says what the Director wants to say about people and culture.
Chris S.
February 14, 2012
Shiba (Tetsuro Tanba) is a wandering samurai who's seen it all. He stumbles onto some peasants who have taken the magistrate's daughter hostage in hopes of ending the corruptive leadership that plagues their land. What begins as a spectator sport and a roof over his head for Shiba turns into him fully supporting the peasants and their cause. Two other samurai; Sakura (Isamu Nagato) another wanderer with a guilty conscience and Kikyo (Mikijiro Hira) a samurai who milks the magistrate for all he's worth eventually join up with Shiba. An epic duel to the death lies ahead for the three samurai as the magistrate will stop at nothing to get revenge.

Three Outlaw Samurai begins in simple yet extravagant fashion. We see Shiba take a few steps in the mud followed by an extremely loud music cue and the title card written in Japanese Kanji. Six seconds into this chanbara film and I already know I'm going to love it. The film buys its time though as the first half of the film is mostly very talkative and swords are drawn only briefly before lengthy discussions begin once again. The storytelling is a high point as loyalty and the overall cause for all of this mayhem are always both relevant to the events taking place on screen. The cinematography is also brilliant, especially since this is the debut of Hideo Gosha. The well-choreographed and intense swordplay sequences are always captured with the most precise camera placement.

Lighting and shadows also play a big part in how the film is presented visually. The one-shot sword fight in the two-story whore house is the best example of this. Right down to the drastic lighting on Kikyo's eyes before everything goes to hell, Three Outlaw Samurai is the type of film fans of samurai, foreign, and great cinema in general dream of. There's something completely gratifying about blood presented in black and white, as well. Maybe it's because it reminds me of the Crazy 88 fight The Bride has at the tea house in Kill Bill, but the crimson liquid almost seems more gratifying in grayscale at least when it comes to older and more legendary motion pictures.

The best exchange of dialogue comes when Sakura is running across a field to support Kikyo and Shiba in the final battle. Sakura yells, "Hey Shiba! I've done you wrong! I deserve to die! Kill Me!" In the heat of battle, Shiba merely replies, "I'm busy at the moment."

While Three Outlaw Samurai may seem a bit slow at first, your patience will be rewarded. You'll become attached to the characters of Sakon Shiba, Kyojuro Sakura, and Einosuke Kikyo, get absorbed in their cause, and understand their decisions. As the swordplay and action becomes more frequent, you'll realize how truly amazing this film really is. Three Outlaw Samurai is a beautiful, well-written, and just a fantastic experience overall that is for fans of Seven Samurai, Shogun Assassin, and The Last Samurai.
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