Sansho the Bailiff* (Sansho Dayu)

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Sansho the Bailiff* (Sansho Dayu)

  • 1954 ----- b & w ----- 125 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Kenju Mizoguchi, screenplay by Yahiro Fuji, Youshikata Yoda based on the story by Ogai Mori; with Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyoko Kagawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Eitaro Shindo, Akitake Kono, Masao Shimizu) Mizoguchi retells an ancient parable of family, loyalty and faith. Abducted as children, a brother and sister struggle to maintain their identities under the crushing weight of slavery in feudal Japan. Mizoguchi develops his medieval fable about moral freedom and slavery with intuition, cunning and an overarching sense of tragedy; as it uncoils, this masterwork spirals and expands to encompass all the tricks of history and fate, all the failures of ethics and character that can defeat the best intentions of idealists. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (In Japanese with English subtitles) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Asian Languages and Literature, Far Eastern Studies, History: Asian, Japan, Motion Pictures: Features)