Sansho the Bailiff

Sansho the Bailiff

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1954 • Japan

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 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.

Subscribe Share
Sansho the Bailiff
  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1954 • Japan

    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 Kenji Mizoguchi's dazzling direction, this classic Japa...

Extras

  • SANSHO THE BAILIFF Commentary

    Recorded exclusively in 2007, this commentary features Japanese literature scholar Jeffrey Angles discussing the sources for and cultural elements of Kenji Mizoguchi’s cinematic adaptation SANSHO THE BAILIFF.

  • Kyoko Kagawa on SANSHO THE BAILIFF

    Legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa’s career spans more than fifty years and features work with some of Japan’s greatest directors, including Akira Kurosawa (HIGH AND LOW), Mikio Naruse (MOTHER), and Yasujiro Ozu (TOKYO STORY). In this interview recorded in 2007, she recalls her experiences making SAN...

  • Tokuzo Tanaka on SANSHO THE BAILIFF

    Tokuzo Tanaka was first assistant director on SANSHO THE BAILIFF, and in this 2007 interview, he offers a complex portrait of Kenji Mizoguchi, outlines the methods employed by the filmmaking team, and remembers the director’s surprising feelings about the film.

  • Tadao Sato on SANSHO THE BAILIFF

    Recorded in 2007, this appreciation of SANSHO THE BAILIFF features film critic and historian Tadao Sato illuminating the film’s themes, discussing its technical excellence, and celebrating its director, Kenji Mizoguchi.