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Monday Night Film Series: Sanjuro, July 23

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Category: Arts at MC

Published: Jul 17 2018 12:00AM

Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1962, 96 min, B&W
Japanese (English Subtitles) July 23, 2018, 7 p.m.

Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed Sanjuro. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a "proper" samurai on its ear. Less brazen in tone than its predecessor but equally entertaining, this classic character's return is a masterpiece in its own right. Distributed by Toho, Sanjuro was Toho's highest-grossing film in 1962. Mifune's sword fighting in the film was used in an extensive illustrated example of "samurai virtuosity with his sword" in This Is Kendo, a 1989 kendo manual published in English.

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