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Plot: In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. Runtime: 124 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 1953
Luminous...painterly...haunting...devastating...in terms of both substance and style, a cinematic achievement of the very highest order. Like all great works of art, it is incomparable, although it would not be misleading to place it in the company of the very best of Renoir, Ford, and Kurosawa. It has the same kind of compassionate humanism, high-caliber storytelling, and effortless-seeming mastery of the medium...the same generosity.I prefer this film even to the great and much better-known Ugetsu. And I know now why Welles once said that Mizoguchi "can't be praised enough, <more>
really." I hope one day this film will be as well known as it deserves to be.
An enormously powerful tale of oppression and resistance (by davidals)
I don't consider SANSHO DAYU to be the best introduction to the great Kenji Mizoguchi, but - after many viewings, I do consider it to be the best of what I've seen.In the years after WWII, Mizoguchi's interest in period drama deepened - he ultimately was best known outside of Japan for his period dramas jidaigeki , though his take on the historical film was highly personalized with the introduction of contemporary thematic elements, and this film is the high water mark in that development, with a detailed story exploring oppression, class structures and societal ethics.Late in <more>
life, Mizoguchi's interest in Buddhism also expanded tremendously, which is reflected to a great degree in this film, with various sacrifices, renunciations of privilege, and familial reconciliations figuring prominently in the intricate story - notably so at SANSHO's magnificent ending.
A haunting, heartbreaking masterpiece (by sansho-4)
Man's inhumanity to man is presented here with no artifice. This has long been a favorite of mine, although it's difficult to sell many others on the premise -- an honest, benevolent Governor in medieval Japan is imprisoned by the military regime, forcing his wife, son, and daughter to fend for themselves. They are soon captured, separated, and sold into slavery, but remained determined to reunite.There's something about the medieval Japanese setting that lends itself to explorations of grandiose themes painted with a broad brush. This will break your heart, and belongs on your <more>
A great film tell us a very important precept which is almost forgotten (by ynpad)
I'm so moved. This is not only one of the greatest film of Mizoguchi but also tell us a very important precept which is almost forgotten. That is "Without mercy, a man is not a human being. Be hard on yourself, but merciful to others." This is very important precept, but how many people still know or remember it? I'd like to use this film for children's educational program. Now I know why "Sansho the Bailiff" was voted for No.1 film of the year beating so many great films like "La Dolce Vita", "Psycho" and so on.
A great film (by zetes)
I don't have too much to say about the film itself. I think anyone can agree that it is a great film. Kenji Mizoguchi is a great humanist here this is my first film of his . It is a very polished film, too. The acting is marvelous, the direction and cinematography are great, and the script is the highlight of the whole project. It's enormously touching. I wouldn't, however, place this amongst the best films I've ever seen. It's definitely close, but I don't think I will remember it forever. I would gladly watch it again, but not for a long while. And I don't think <more>
I'm going to be telling everyone I know how great it is, unless someone were to specifically inquire about it. I have to admit, the reason I'm saying this is because there is always a bitter resentment against Akira Kurosawa from Mizoguchi and Ozu fans. I have seen one Mizoguchi, this film, and one Ozu, Early Summer Bakushu which is horrendously boring, but I know that that film is not exemplary of Ozu's canon. I have seen 14 or maybe even more Kurosawa films. His are generally more available, not to mention that he made more, I believe, than both Mizoguchi and Ozu put together. Averaging my ratings for the film, he has an average of 8.79. 8.79! That's enormous, possibly, very probably, the highest average of any major director as far as my ratings go. I would bet he is rated as highly on most other film buffs' lists. My point is that it really bothers me when Mizoguchi and Ozu fanatics try to knock down Kurosawa. Even Andre Bazin, of all people, does so! see Truffaut's preface to the second book of Bazin's collected essays . People also try argue that Kurosawa's direction falls far below Mizoguchi, and Mizoguchi's is also much more unique and original. From seeing this, which, from my research, is his most famous and popular film, I really have to disagree. I think Kurosawa could have even made this. I think that the level of intellect and emotion in the screenplay and the direction of Sansho the Bailiff is on the exact same level as The Seven Samurai, a film generally considered one of the ten best films ever made. I myself prefer several Kurosawa films to it, and give it a 9/10. This is what Sansho the Bailiff gets, too. It is a great film, but it failed to bowl me over. I may have had some tears in my eye, but right now, only ten or so minutes after turning it off, I'm only thinking about it in an intellectual capacity, not an emotional capacity. In fact, as this review testifies, I'm really not thinking about it in an intellectual capacity very much, either. I'm actually talking about something only vaguely connected!
exceptionally sad tale of the evils of medieval Japanese society (by MartinHafer)
The story begins with the governor of a province being stripped of his position because he was too kind and thought foremost about the welfare of his people. This would upset the terror and repression used to control the people! His family is cast out of the land and it's unknown what the exact fate was of the kind governor. Not too long after that, the family is torn apart by bandits and the 13 and 8 year-old children are sold into slavery. Their mother, unknown to them, if forced into prostitution. Now if the movie only wallowed in this misery, I would have no doubt hated it. However, <more>
what is interesting is what the boy does 10 later when he finally escapes his slave master. His actions and his subsequent attempts to find his family make the movie well worth seeing. Yes, it is quite depressing but there are some good moments as well and the story kept my attention throughout.
What kind of a legacy can a man leave to his children. The one in this story hits so close to home. Be kind to others, even if it causes you personal pain. Not only have I personally heard words similar to these, but have seen the example shown in this film of an honorable man who retains his honor no matter what the cost.I wonder if Kurosawa took a little of this film for High and Low. It's theme of honor is so similar.Americans will quickly observe what it was like in the South before the Civil War. It was the same in Japan during this period. People were sold as slaves to work on the <more>
Lord's property, or sold as courtesans.Zushi├┤ and Anju are separated from their father after he loses his position and is transferred. They leave with their mother for another town and are kidnapped by bandits and sold as slaves. Their mother was placed in a whorehouse. Zushi├┤ managed to escape after 10 years and miraculously gets a government position over the same province. he immediately frees all the slaves and bans slavery in that province. He then resigns and goes looking for his mother, after finding out that his father is dead and his sister killed herself to aid in his escape.Honor, mercy, and love are interwoven throughout this tale and it is magnificent.
"Sansho the Bailiff's cinematic story structure feels ahead of its time. (by Sergeant_Tibbs)
Sansho the Bailiff is a film that feels like it's all themes, archetypes and story structure and the content and characters are near interchangeable. However, this is a blessing and a curse. Despite being based on a traditional story, the cinematic structure feels way ahead of its time and the kind of layered stuff we see in the best contemporary cinema. It all clicks into place but I can't help but wish the characters were more well developed. It's only after the half way mark where we finally land on a protagonist to take us to the end. Nevertheless, the sorrowful emotion and <more>
the themes of oppression still poke through sharply and it's message of being an honourable man retains its power. Perhaps it's one of the ultimate films that show the protagonist winning, but at what cost. Mizoguchi is definitely a great filmmaker, his style is very controlled and cinematic, but with this and Ugetsu, I can't help but feel his films don't hit me as hard as they could do.8/10
Beautiful but depressing (by philmbuff-836-779550)
Even the exquisite photography of this film cannot overshadow its unrelenting grimness. The story line is the most depressing of any non-Swedish film I've seen. It tells of the travails of a well-to-do family who are torn apart by fate. The moody score, which uses a combination of western and Japanese instruments, adds to its overall gloominess.