Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.
The fact that the main villain sports a gun shows the slow creep of Westernization and pitches the film as roughly taking place in the 1860s. It was around about this time that the USA started forcing Japan to come out of its isolationist policy that had effectively kept the country stalled in a feudal, almost medieval society.
Traveler: Let me go, father. It's my chance.
When Sanjuro smites his opponent arm off you can see the arm moving under the poncho.
The initial US release ran only 75 minutes, 35 minutes shorter than the original version at 110 minutes.
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