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SANJURO (1962) - Kurosawa/Mifune: The Samurai Films

  • year. 1962
  • country. JAPAN
  • run-time. 1h 36min
  • rating. PG

£5.00 (£3.50 conc.)

Doors 18:00 - Film 19:00

Deptford Cinema pays tribute in 2017 to Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa- one of the world’s greatest directors, who helped catapult Japanese cinema onto the global stage. Though he turned his hand to many genres over his long career, it is undeniably his period action films, or "jidaigeki", that have left the greatest mark on world cinema.

Kurosawa also gifted the world one of the great director-actor collaborations, tapping the ferocious energy and charisma of star Toshirô Mifune over a dozen times. All the films in our season see Mifune in a leading role.

Sanjuro is the sequel to the hugely popular and influential Kurosawa Samurai thriller Yojimbo. Kurosawa's muse and regular collaborator Toshiro Mifune returns as Sanjuro, a wandering, wily samurai in nineteenth-century Japan. This time, Sanjuro runs rings around nine naive and clean-cut samurai and corrupt local government figures. More lighthearted than its predecessor, Kurosawa and Mifune have fun parodying Japanese period action movies...until the intense finale!