over 1 year
Almost as well made as Yojimbo, and more fun. It's a masterpiece of Samurai adventure.
over 3 years
It's shot really nicely, almost Shakespearean, but I was lost frequently.
It's not Yojimbo, but watching Mifune slice up the baddies is as fun as ever.
Sanjuro (椿三十郎, Tsubaki Sanjūrō) is a 1962 black-and-white Japanese samurai film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshirō Mifune. It is a sequel to Kurosawa's previous film Yojimbo, with Mifune reprising his role as a wandering ronin. The film combines action and humour, and is lighter in tone than its predecessor.
Largely based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's short story "Peaceful Days" (日日平安 Nichinichi hei-an), the story begins with nine young samurai, who are worried about corruption in the leadership of their clan. They believe that the lord chamberlain, Mutsuta, is corrupt after tearing up a petition against organised crime. One samurai told the superintendent of this, who agreed to intervene. As the nine meet secretly at a temple and discuss their problem, a ronin (Mifune) emerges from another room where he had been quietly resting. The ronin had overheard their plans, and suggests that the superintendent is in fact the real corrupt official. While at first the samurai are insulted...