Sansho The Bailiff: The Criterion Collection

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Sansho The Bailiff: The Criterion Collection

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave drivers. Under Kenji Mizoguchi's dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema's greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 13 2007
  • Production Year 1954
  • Empire SKU 1313709
  • UPC Code 715515023627
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles
New video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa on the making of the film and its lasting importance
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A book featuring an essay by scholar Mark Le Fanu and two versions of the story on which the film was based - Ogai Mori's 1915 Sansho Dayu in an acclaimed translation by J. Thomas Rimer, and a written form of an earlier oral variation, in a new English translation


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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