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Sansho Dayu PG rating

Mizoguchi’s historical epic is among the greatest of all Japanese films, and a masterpiece of humanist cinema.

Period drama 1954 125 mins

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi

Overview

Among the greatest of all Japanese films, and a masterpiece of humanist cinema, Mizoguchi’s historical epic charts the vicissitudes faced by the family of a liberal bureaucrat who offends authority. The serene beauty of the imagery offsets the often painful drama in a work of noble ideals, superbly acted and elegantly shot, with one of the most breathtaking endings ever filmed.