Sansho The Bailiff: The Criterion Collection

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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 traders. Under the dazzling direction of 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 Nov 16 2012
  • Production Year 1954
  • Empire SKU 1633826
  • UPC Code 715515102315
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio Commentaries Featuring Japanese Literature Scholar Jeffrey Angles
Interviews With Critic Tadao Sato, Assistant Director Tokuzo Tanaka, and Actress Kyoko Kagawa On The Making Of The Film And Its Lasting Importance
Booklet Featuring An Essay By Scholar Mark Le Fanu And Two Versions Of The Story On Which The Film Is Based: Ogai Mori's 1915 "Sansho The Steward" and An Earlier Oral Variation In Written Form


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

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