At least, it left me rather numb.

Even so, new viewers will undoubtedly be invested in the family's fate while seasoned fans will continue to soak up the strong performances and terrific cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.

When everybody is brought to the point of tears, but nobody cries, Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2009.

From top to bottom, fans of Sansho will be pleased. 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 wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. The Criterion Critics on MHM reviews the Criterion version of Sansho the Bailiff (1954) starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, and Kyôko Kagawa. Criterion Blu-ray is nice quality. The Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono track is perfectly acceptable overall, as neither the dialogue nor the original music (by Fumio Hayasaka, Kinshichi Kodera and Tamekichi Mochizuki) fight for attention. Criterion's Blu-Ray is a basic port of their 2007 DVD, serving up a suitably fine A/V presentation and nothing new in the way of extras. It is Shakespearean in the scope of its' tragedy and leaves us rather numb. RANKS NO. Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho the Bailiff receives a Blu-ray upgrade from Criterion, presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on a dual-layer disc. This is one of the truly magnificent movies ever made. This was my first Mizoguchi. I expected something more poetic and deep on the basis of the beautiful screencaps I'd seen. Every shot speaks of beauty and contradiction. Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018. After having just viewed a Japanese film ranked as "One of the top 10 films of our time," and finding it to be, in my estimation, excellent, but not deserving of a higher ranking, I decided to view Sancho the Bailiff, as it was in my collection of unwatched films, really just to get it out of the way. Though it's not set in a post-apocalyptic landscape, Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff (1954) might as well be: the once-wealthy family it follows is rendered homeless, relying on the mercy of strangers in order to live happy, comfortable lives. If you need confirmation of the mastery of this film, read Anthony Lane's New Yorker piece when NY Film Society featured a few of the 92 movies of this great filmmaker. Still, the top-tier production values, strong performances and memorable characters make Sansho worth a look for those interested in Japanese period films. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Their lone ally, for lack of a better word, is Taro (Akitake Kono), second-in-command and son of Sansho, who encourages them to survive until Anju and Zushio can find a way to reunite with their parents.

While Sansho the Bailiff isn't devoid of all hope, it's a tough film to watch for more sympathetic and emotional audiences. Black levels and shadow detail are uniformly excellent, even during indoor scenes.

It looks to have been taken from the same source as Criterion's 2007 DVD, but the bump to HD reveals a marked improvement in clarity, texture and depth. 1, ALONG WITH GRAND ILLUSION, FOR BEST EVER! Simply put one of the greatest movies ever made. Not surprisingly, the social landscape of medieval Japan doesn't provide them with much of a safety net, so the once-prosperous and compassionate family pursues their husband and father on foot.

Films like Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream show us adults falling prey to their various addictions and the wreckage it leaves in their wake. Starting February 1, 2021, MHM's Movie Reviews will only be available on this website or streaming on Youtube. Our three central characters are Tamaki (Kinuyo Tanaka) and her two children, Anju (Kyoko Kagawa) and Zushio (Yoshiaki Hanayagi). The Criterion edition, which includes the original short story by the renowned Japanese novelist, Mori Ogai (1862-1922), is definitely worth owning and watching more than once. Some movie characters just can't catch a break, which usually makes for an absorbing but ultimately downbeat viewing experience. Not bad but a little disappointing. A must see for anyone that considers themselves a film fan. Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2007. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In his limited free time, Randy also enjoys slacking off, juggling HD DVDs and writing in third person. Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2015.

But it was just a folk story with a tad too much melodrama; almost a typical 50's drama you'd watch on TV on a Saturday afternoon. This 1954 film by Mizoguchi Kenji, which reflects on the plight of a noble family caught in the political and moral turmoil of Heian Japan and their tragic plight, is a true masterpiece not only of Japanese but of world cinema. Good but more mainstream and melodramatic than I expected.

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