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japan gambling swordplay samurai sword bodyguard fighting family intrigue ronin revolver edo period feudal japan 19th century asian western


Release Date: April 25, 1961

Year    :   1961
Slogan    :   «Better if all these men were dead. Think about it!»
Genres    :   Drama, Thriller
Production Companies    :   Toho Company, Ltd.
Director    :   Akira Kurosawa
Producers    :   Akira Kurosawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ryûzô Kikushima, Hiroshi Nezu
Writers    :   Akira Kurosawa, Ryûzô Kikushima
RunTime    :   110 mins.

A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

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