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Aro Recommended Sansho Dayu


aka: Sansho the Bailiff
Japan 1954, 120 minutes
Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
In Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Classics / Epic

Topics: Period - Middle Ages.


Aroview: One of Mizoguchi's great classics, based on an 11th century Japanese folktale elaborated into a sprawling vision of a cruel, mysterious cosmos, where individuals struggle with forces of feudal tradition and fate. Central story follows the epic plight of a ruined noble family, whose children are captured and corrupted by the slave-owning title character. A must-see, full of haunting, magical imagery.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • aspect ratio: 4:3

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