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Sanjuro

Original Title:
椿三十郎
© 2007 KADOKAWA HARUKI CORPORATION / TOHO CO., LTD. / AVEX ENTERTAINMENT INC. / TV Asahi / ASAHi BROADCASTING CORPORATION / NAGOYA BROADCASTING NETWORK CO., LTD. / I.N.P. inc. / FIELDS CORPORATION / TOKYO FM / BIG SHOT INC. © KADOKAWA HARUKI CORPORATION / TOHO CO., LTD. / AVEX ENTERTAINMENT INC. / TV Asahi / ASAHi BROADCASTING CORPORATION / NAGOYA BROADCASTING NETWORK CO., LTD. / I.N.P. inc. / FIELDS CORPORATION / TOKYO FM / BIG SHOT INC.

Introduction

This is a remake of SANJURO (1962) of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. The first time ever and the first title ever in the motion picture history of Japan, the remake is planned and realized from the masterworks of the director Kurosawa.
“This is a dream and this is a challenge! Of what we today’s Japanese filmmakers can do and return a favor to our seniors, "the executive producer of this recast, Haruki Kadokawa, who acquired the remake rights to this film SANJURO, as well as to another Kurosawa title YOJIMBO, proudly proclaimed when he made an announcement of this project. To helm this challenging remake, one of the most acclaimed Japanese directors of today, Yoshimitsu Morita (“Lost Paradise”“The Family Game”“Kitchen”) was appointed. “I always wanted to revive SANJURO and make a film about him with today’s actors and actresses in Japan,” he said. The producer and the director could not find anybody more suitable than Yuji Oda (“Bayside Shakedown”“Whiteout”) for the role of Sanjuro in their edition.
Now with all the new filmmakers, cast and crew set in place, the entertainment samurai action, based on the original script written by the legendary trio, Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima and Hideo Oguni, for the 1962 Kurosawa version, SANJURO is back on the big screen in 2007.

Story

Just about 150 years ago in old Japan, during the period with the glimspring dawn of the 1868 War of the Restoration, one night, a group of nine young revolutionary samurai assembled at a run-down shrine, weary of the corruption rampant in their clan, summaryting to clean up the wrongdoing, particulary of Under Majordomo Kurofuji. They had sent up a position document to the Chief Retainer, Mutsuda, an uncle of one of the young samurai, Isaka, however, Mutsuda had dismissed their claim on site, by tearing up the document. Disappointed, Isaka had solicited the aid of Chief Inspector Kikui, who had agreed readily and called for a meeting with the high-souled youngsters. They gathered together with high hope.
Overhearing the conversation, from a backroom of the abandoned shrine, entered Sanjuro-unshaven, unwashed, one-sword master-less samurai, accusing Kikui was not their savior rather he might be their most dreadful enemy. The youngsters contested to the vulgar mysterious samurai. He noticed something was wrong outside. The shrine, and the group, was surrounded by the troop sent by Kikui, to keep down the rebels. Sanjuro commanded the youngsters to hide and let him out alone in front of the troop that was about to move in to make arrest. With his quick and strong swordplay, he beat up the troop, ending up facing a sharp-eyed samurai, the troop commander Muroto. He called off the attack and gave Sanjuro an offer to join them for a good pay. Sanjuro shugged it off.
Back in the shrine, the young samurai offered an apology and asked Sanjuro for cooperation. Could not stand just watching, he accepted their wish.
Heading back to Mutsuda’s mansion, Sanjuro and the nine youngsters found that the Chief Retainer had been kidnapped and his wife and daughter were penned up. Sanjuro saved the wife and daughter, and they, in addition, took captive of an enemy samurai on guard.
Sanjuro and the group took Mutsuda’s wife, daughter and the captive to a house that one of the nine youngster's family owned, which happened to be right next to a mansion owned by Under Majordomo Kurofuji, an ally of Kikui.
With his fast-moving sword and incisive wit, Sanjuro threw himself behind the enemy line to rescue the confined Chief Retainer Mutsuda and, braving danger, to bring the dark deed of Under-Majordomo Kurofuji to light. In the enemy territory, however, there stood in his way, the sharp-eyed, hard-bitten nemesis, Muroto.

Cast

ODA Yuji

TSUBAKI Sanjuro

TOYOKAWA Etsushi

MUROTO Hanbei

MATSUYAMA Kenichi

ISAKA Iori

Data

Director
MORITA Yoshimitsu
Original Story
YAMAMOTO Shugoro
Producer
MISAWA Kazuko
TOKUTOME Yoshiaki
ICHIKAWA Minami
TANAKA Susumu
KAMEYAMA Keiji
Chief Executive Producer
KADOKAWA Haruki
Screenplay
KIKUSHIMA Ryuzo
OGUNI Hideo
KUROSAWA Akira
Music
OSHIMA Michiru
Diredcor of Photography
HAMADA Takeshi
Editor
TANAKA Shinji
Production Design
OGAWA Fumio
Release Date in Japan
2007.12.01
Running time
119min
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