Posted on 11/16/12 12:59 PM
Sanjuro (椿三十郎) Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa starring his longtime collaborator Toshirō Mifune (one of my top-favorite actors). Sanjuro is considered sequel to Yojimbo (dir. Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshirō Mifune).
It is believed that the story of the movie is based on short-story by Shūgorō Yamamoto's called "Peaceful Days" (日日平安).Set in 1800s, one man, the warrior called Sanjuro (Toshirō Mifune), comes to defense of nine young samurai worried about clan.
I have always respected Akira Kurosawa, and Toshirō Mifune, for doing so much for the Asian-cinema. To me 20th century always seemed to belong to Japan, and one SHOULD never have any doubt about that, ever since Time Magazine called Kurosawa 'The Asian of the Last Century'; what an achievement. Sanjuro re-defines the talent and skill of both actor and director in re-assembling all that they done previously on Yojimbo; going farthest to make us believe that they could excel in their own work, if it requires them. Toshirō's dedication to acting professional forces me to bow in gratitude to this actor's immense work unmatchable by Asian actor of his times.
Sanjuro offers wit-ful dialogues, soul-penetrating thrill and anxiety, and at some pace even comedic-delivery of dialogues. One of perfect Akira/Toshirō movies!