Sansho The Bailiff

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Sansho The Bailiff

(Sanshô dayû)

by Mizoguchi Kenji




Director: Mizoguchi Kenji

Script: Yoshikata Yoda, Fuji Yahiro, after Ogai Mori's novel

Cinematographer: Kazuo Miyagawa

Editing: Mitsuzo Miyata

Art Setting: Hisakazu Tsuji

Music: Fumio Hayasaka, Tamekichi Mochizuki et Kanahichi Odera

Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyōko Kagawa, Eitaro Shindo, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Ichiro Sugai

Production: Daiei Films

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Year: 1954

Screening: 2019

35 mm, B & W, 124 min, 
O.V. Japanese with French Subtitles

Golden Lion Venise Film Festival 1956

Part of Japonism 2018

Japan, 12th century. When the governor's attempts to protect the rights of regional farmers clash with the goals of the feudal regime, he's sent into exile, and forced to leave his family behind. A few years later Zushio, his mother, Tamaki and sister, Anju begin a long journey to reunite with Masauji, only to be waylaid be kidnappers en route. The bandits sell Tamaki to a brothel on an isolated island and the children to corrupt official Sansho as slaves. 10 years later, Zushio becomes hardened by the brutality that has become their lot, but his sister does everything to avoid him becoming like Sansho. Anju learns her mother could still be alive and she prepares an invasion for Zushio…

The movie brought Japanese Cinema to the attention of Western critics and film-makers.

Silver Lion for Best Direction in the 15th Venice International Film Festival, in 1954, ex aequo with Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.

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