Eitaro Shindo, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyoko Kagawa and Kinuyo Tanaka in Kenji Mizoguchi’s, Sansho the Bailiff (aka Sansho dayu). This film represents a timeless cinema tale of humanity, the ties that bind us and working against the grain. The black and white cinematography featured in the film is one of the best efforts I’ve ever seen with a lush and deep spectrum of color however limited fully realized and alive.
From Google Translate (translated from its French Card) comes these historical notes of the film:
One of the last films Mizoguichi (which, do not forget, has turned over eighty films since 1922), Sansho the Bailiff shall ensure, with The Life of Oharu (1952) and Ugetsu (1953) one of the masterpieces of his last period. Social Analysis of ruthless medieval Japan, where we see that men could be treated like cattle, and humanistic moral lesson without emotion, the work contains scenes of great emotion (especially the separation of mother and children, and strife and reunion), constantly transcending what might have been a maudlin melodrama simple, also dear to Japanese cinema.
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Official French card from a French re-release of the film.
Tags: Archive: Promotion, Country: Japan, Decade: 1950s, Film: Sansho the Bailiff (1954), French Card, Genre: Against the Odds, Genre: Drama, Genre: Family, Genre: Medieval, Genre: Melodrama, Genre: Politics, People: Eitaro Shindo, People: Kenji Mizoguchi, People: Kinuyo Tanaka, People: Kyoko Kagawa, People: Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Year: 1954