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Rating: 8.5 stars


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Seen on: 01/26/2020, 03/06/2012 (rewatch)

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Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)

Directed by Hideo Gosha

Action | Drama | Thriller

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Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the magistrate’s guard, Sakura and Kikyo. The three outlaws find themselves in a battle to the death.

Length 95 minutes


Kichijirô Ueda | Tetsurō Tamba | Bokuzen Hidari | Kamatari Fujiwara | Hisashi Igawa | Mikijiro Hira | Tatsuya Ishiguro | Kyôichi Satô | Miyuki Kuwano | Yoshirô Aoki | Junkichi Orimoto | Isamu Nagato | Yoshiko Kayama | Kyoko Aoi | Jun Tatara | Toshie Kimura | ôko Mihara | Nakajirô Tomita | Kenzô Tanaka | Mitsuo Nagata | Sakae Umezu | Kinto Tamura | Ichirô Izawa | Keiichi Taki | Hiroshi Mugiyama | Hisashi Imabashi | Saburo Hoshiki | Jun Ooi | Saburô Kumoi | Hajime Miyazawa

Viewing Notes

A local friend is doing a samurai film project this year and recently viewed this movie. His thoughts on it had me itching to revisit bc I knew I felt strongly about the film. Yep, it’s still a really great film. My favorite of the three samurai is Mikijiro Hira. I love that he’s like “fuck this shit” and switches sides. It’s depressing how few Hideo Gosha films are available domestically. Even a few I’ve seen were grey market DVDs. Surprised a distro like Arrow or Third Window hasn’t jumped on his filmography.

Worth noting this Blu is featureless. Nothing but the film. Also only available streaming via Criterion Channel, natch.


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