Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô) Reviews

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June 19, 2019
I was afraid the same plot of Toshiro Mifune as the unwashed vagabond who cleans up the town wgs becoming monotonous... But director Akira Kurosawa added something new in the incongruous humor injected.
June 19, 2019
There is no question that Mifune gives another of his superb performances. In fact, this one may be called among his more enjoyable acting.
August 7, 2012
This is fun but, compared with Kurosawa's other 60s efforts, relatively slight.
August 7, 2012
Technically, the film is one of Kurosawa's most impressive, featuring some superbly staged sword battles and exceptional use of complex widescreen compositions.
August 7, 2012
Satirical Samurai action of the highest order.
April 20, 2011
The relative linearity of the film can't help but come as something of a disappointment after the feast of Yojimbo.
March 28, 2010
Rather than simply repeating the successful formula of Yojimbo, which incorporated humor but largely played it straight, Sanjuro flips the script for a largely comic action picture punctuated by a dark, rug-yanking conclusion. [Blu-ray]
May 28, 2009
a textbook on widescreen composition.
March 26, 2009
The charm of this fascinating Toho production, stylishly directed by Akira Kurosawa, is the personality of the hero, powerfully played by Toshiro Mifune.
February 5, 2007
For escapist fare, this ranks highly
July 23, 2006
Mifune's smashing performance is the force that makes it all work so well.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Kurosawa was pressured by his producers into directing this sequel to Yojimbo, and rose to the occasion by making his funniest and least overtly didactic film
July 19, 2005
October 8, 2004
October 1, 2003
Mifune's disheveled samurai is an almost cartoonlike send-up of the established samurai image.
August 22, 2003
June 11, 2003
One of Kurosawa's lesser works, but still well worth a rental.
May 24, 2003
A simple and highly effective action-comedy, with an outstanding performance from Mifune and an unforgettable finale.
May 20, 2003
A surprising, fetching, beautifully made film that fitly propounds the lesson of his own professionalism: 'Never send a boy to do a man's work.'
March 21, 2003
The follow-up to YOJIMBO is just as sharp, funny, and exciting. The only bad thing about it is that it was the only sequel.
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