Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

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In medieval 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.


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  • Yoshiaki Hanayagi and Kinuyo Tanaka in Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  • Yoshiaki Hanayagi and Kinuyo Tanaka in Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  • Yoshiaki Hanayagi and Eitarô Shindô in Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  • Kyôko Kagawa in Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  • Yoshiaki Hanayagi and Kyôko Kagawa in Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  • Yoshiaki Hanayagi in Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

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13 December 2006 | zolaaar
10
| A Life Without Freedom
With tears of emotions the word "masterpiece" begins to develop on my lips. Incapable to speak it out loud, a gentle smile surrounds my face. I am deeply blessed. (This is my immediate reaction after having finished watching "Sansho".)

In long, meditative shots, Mizoguchi fluently tells the story of two siblings who get separated from their mother and have to work for a cruel slave owner. It is an old legend of destitution and revenge, brought in pictures so beautiful, that you would want to frame each and every one of it and hang them up above your bed. Those are pictures of utter elegance, extreme subtlety and an intoxicating abstinence of brutality, of vain love and the slam of fate, which form that one condition people usually call life.

Probably the best film I have seen in 2006.

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