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This is a fantastic samurai movie on the level of Akira Kurosawa. Direction is great and the characters are well rounded. A very fine film.
A tightly woven Action/Drama that just simply jumps off the screen. The story of peasants holding their land owners daughter hostage to receive fairer conditions...their mission seemingly hopeless till a Ronin comes their way.
Set up wonderfully & genuinely gripping throughout the brief 90 mins it runs for. This film has been cited as a major inspiration for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
An incredible film for a debut filmmaker that just brings you into its world with ease. A perfect blend of action, drama & suspense.
Dark, intricate, perfectly made. I'm not sure how this one isn't as popular as the other top-tier samurai films such as Yojimbo.
Gosha offers a very different story based upon the same samurai principles of honor and loyalty. A quality piece I highly recommend.
It was good but not sensational.
Three Outlaw Samurai is a great samurai action flick. Gosha's great efforts are seen through the excellent cinematography with its framing and composition, the pacing of the film, and the well-written screenplay that has each character sharing appropriate screen time in order to effectively deliver its admirable story. By the end, it leaves the viewer with a sense of desire.
An impressive tale with equally good fight scenes!
Os duelos de espadas sÃ£o cool, mas nÃ£o percebi nada da histÃ³ria.
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.
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.