Japan, 1962, 96 min, Digital, Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Unrated but not suitable for children, Japanese with English subtitles, Janus Films
"A surprising, fetching, beautifully made film that fitly propounds the lesson of his own professionalism: 'Never send a boy to do a man's work." - The New York Times
Made just one year later, Sanjuro matches Yojimbo's storytelling dexterity yet adds layers of world-weary pragmatism that brings the two films to a thrilling and unforgettable conclusion. Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa's tightly paced and beautifully composed Sanjuro. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors to 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.
Matinée Essentials is the title of our Saturday and Sunday 1 pm series, interrupted only by special presentations. The criteria is simple: without exception, these are movies no serious filmgoer should do without. Tickets to these special screenings are $8 general admission and $5 for Gables Cinema members.