Today: May 28, 2024

WIN the Criterion Collection Edition of SANSHO THE BAILIFF on Blu-ray!

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually separated by vicious slave traders. Under the dazzling direction of KENJI MIZOGUCHI (Ugetsu), this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

JAPAN | 1954 | 124 MINUTES | BLACK AND WHITE | 1.33:1 | IN JAPANESE
WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

* Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed
monaural soundtrack
* Audio commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles
* Video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo
Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa, on the making of the film
and its lasting importance
* PLUS: A book featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu and two
versions of the story on which the film was based: Ogai Mori’s
1915 “Sansho Dayu” and a written form of an earlier oral variation

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