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Sansho the Bailiff
Genre:Art/Foreign
Year:1949
Rating:?
Length:84min
Country:Japan
Cast:Kinuyo Tanakam Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyoko Kagawa, and Eitaro Shindo
Credits:Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (Japanese w/English subtitles).

Synopsis: This epic filled with tragic loss and chilling cruelty is perhaps Mizoguchi's most heart-rendering film. In eleventh-century Japan, a family is dispersed: the father is exiled by a cruel governer, the mother is sold as a courtesan, and the children are sent to a remote province as slaves. When the son reaches maturity, he manages to assume his rightful post as a provincial governor and sets about revenging his family's suffering. The sense of secret treachery revealed when the camera suddenly and unexpectedly begins to more is one of the most frightning moments in cinema. Miyagawa's cinematography, with its awe-inspiring long takes and complex use of background and offscreen space, lends even the most harrowing sequences an extraordinary elegance.

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