Sansho the Bailiff

Edition no. 386

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Licensor
Kadokawa Herald Pictures
Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
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. Under Kenji Mizoguchi’s dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Japanese 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Audio commentary featuring Japanese-literature scholar Jeffrey Angles
  • Interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka, and actress Kyoko Kagawa on the making of the film and its lasting importance
  • Booklet featuring an essay by scholar Mark Le Fanu and two versions of the story on which the film is based: Ogai Mori’s 1915 “Sansho the Steward” and an earlier oral variation in written form

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Release Credits

Producer: Curtis Tsui

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