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Sanjuro
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by Chris Parry

"A classic film that deserves more attention."
5 stars

Short and sweet. If you haven't seen Yojimbo, go rent that before this. If you haven't seen Seven Samurai, go rent that before Yojimbo. And once you've done those two, graduate to Sanjuro.

Akira Kurosawa's continuation of Yojimbo is more of the same, but it's damn fun stuff. Toshiro Mifune is The Samurai. A busted up old warrior who goes through life treating the common man as a God would treat humanity. As an amusement, yet he maintains a bothersome duty to protect them.

But the fighting and swordplay are not the primary focus. The focus is the superb Mifune, who has a funny/angry/pained/heroic/modest/nasty demeanor about him that Bruce Willis could only beg the Gods to instill on him. Kurosawa's films such as this gave birth to the storylines that today's blockbusters so ineffectually recycle, from A Bug's Life to The Magnificent Seven to The Professional, to John Woo to A Fistful Of Dollars, there's ties stretching back to Kurosawa.

In Sanjuro, The Samurai stumbles across a group of men seeking to report their corrupt superintendent to the local chief, but who is really corrupt and who is honorable? How does a group of nine men who can only trust themselves (or can they?) outfight and/or outwit an entire army and save those taken hostage?

As said before, the fighting isn't the object. The twists in the tale and the performance of Mifune bring so much more to this film, and the two previously mentioned, than Hollywood is capable of today. This movie won't be for everybody. It's black and white, it's old, and it's subtitled, but it's something you can't and won't look away from.

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originally posted: 02/16/99 11:38:04
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User Comments

9/08/05 Klondo better than Yojimbo 4 stars
2/05/05 Chester Mifune is great as usua, the mother (Irie Takao) is unbeliviable superb. 4 stars
10/15/04 Daniel Good stuff, much better than red beard- loved the finale 5 stars
8/24/04 bored mom Can't ask for a better sequel to Yojimbo; the story here kicks ass 5 stars
1/28/04 Charles Tatum Wonderful direction, a few slow spots 4 stars
12/07/03 Chance Funny, entertaining, awesome 5 stars
11/08/03 Agent Sands (previously Mr. Hat) Action-packed, well-written, directed, & acted. Final stand-off is a classic film moment. 4 stars
4/15/03 J Sanjuro (Mifune) is 'the' Hero, he would kick Yoda's ass 4 stars
9/19/02 Dave Be So Good It is alright. But can't be in the top 20! 1 stars
8/15/02 K-ronik Great flick, carries over the years well. 4 stars
6/10/02 Anarchy Azmi nothing is this fucking awesome....hollywood can kiss my ass 5 stars
11/26/01 The Bomb 69 I liked it more than Yojimbo, Mifune is a god!!! 5 stars
10/10/01 despicabletwit sweet and sublime 5 stars
10/04/01 pete duggan where have i been? 5 stars
7/03/01 Harper Sloane Top notch stuff, a lot of laughs as well. 4 stars
7/02/01 Boomshanka A fantastic addition to the series, if you like Sergio Leone films, see this - the original 4 stars
6/23/01 Igor Kuseta ne kontam ovo ali nema veze 5 stars
4/26/01 Daniel Kuseta Mifune is the original kick-ass hero 5 stars
3/31/01 Tob1 Even better than Yojimbo..and that says a lot 5 stars
2/16/01 Jon Allen This movie was too cool. Sanjuro just wanted to take a nap and get some food but no....... 5 stars
2/16/99 Kooky Sal Kurosawa just didn't make a bad one. Yojimbo continued. Find it. Own it. 5 stars
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