Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô)

Critics Consensus

Technically impressive and superbly acted, Sanjuro is a funny, action-packed samurai adventure featuring outstanding cinematography and a charismatic performance from Toshiro Mifune.



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Toshiro Mifune stars here as a wandering samurai warrior who becomes the warrior-mentor for a bunch of budding samurai who are heading toward a showdown with their corrupt clan fathers. Sanjuro was directed by Akira Kurosawa.

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Toshiro Mifune
as Sanjuro Tsubaki
Tatsuya Nakadai
as Hanbei Muroto
Yuzo Kayama
as Ioti Izaka
Reiko Dan
as Koiso
Yunosuke Ito
as Matsuda the Chamberlain
Takako Irie
as Chamberlain's Wife
Kamatari Fujiwara
as Takebayashi
Akihiko Hirata
as Young Samurai
Kunie Tanaka
as Young Samurai
Hiroshi Tachikawa
as Young Samurai
Tatsuhiko Hari
as Young Samurai
Tatsuyoshi Ebara
as Young Samurai
Kenzo Matsui
as Young Samurai
Yoshio Tsuchiya
as Young Samurai
Akira Kubo
as Young Samurai
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Critic Reviews for Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô)

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Audience Reviews for Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô)

  • Jun 25, 2014
    A successful follow-up to director Akira Kurosawa's smashing "Yojimbo", where he continues to chronicle the life events of a mysterious samurai (Toshiro Mifune) and how he feels tasked to help some members of a small village take back their town from a corrupt chamberlain and his men. While it does not pack the dramatic punch "Yojimbo" did, and several of the plot points are relatively familiar given the direction the first film went in, this movie still remains fascinating to watch given the nature of the lead character. He is still unpredictable even when certain parts of the story feel somewhat repetitive, and Mifune's rock-solid performance is the real driving force behind this movie in particular. A good movie worth viewing, but in my opinion not very close to the classic status equated with that of "Yojimbo".
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2012
    Much lighter than its theatric partner (Yojimbo), Sanjuro is the height of Kurosawa's technical prowess. He pulls out all the stops with the way the camera tells the story and turns in another stylistic tour de force. While definitely distinct movies, Sanjuro and Yojimbo are masterpieces in their own right and were unprecedented in the influence they would exert upon contemporary film.
    Jeff L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    A good sequel to Yojimbo. Kurosawa made it less dramatic and intense by adding more comedy and a bit more in the form of 9 rebellious young men who are led by Sanjuro. The film is all about action but interesting to follow. However, the film offers little depth, does not explore psychology or human nature like Kurosawa's earlier films, and does not much in terms of organic and relatable character development. It is formulaic and offers little mental stimulation, except for the final fight scene between Sanjuro and Muroto is memorable and shocking. The ending is a cliched 'make peace, not war' speech. That being said the film is still the first of it's kind to offer such a character who can bring no holds barred action to the screen. It's an entertaining film and has some very enjoyable comedic moments.
    G S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2011
    Another fantastic samuri film from Akira kurosawa. it plays brilliantly straight in, we see a plot getting into action anmd our hero getting involved with no need to, its a great introduction and from there the film does not disappoint
    scott g Super Reviewer

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