About

A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and uns...

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Directed by

Akira Kurosawa

Written by

Akira Kurosawa (Screenplay)
Ryûzô Kikushima (Screenplay)

Runtime

110 minutes

Country

Japan

Language

Japanese

Tagline

Better if all these men were dead. Think about it!

Cast

Keywords

family japan fighting 19th century gambling sword samurai edo period bodyguard swordplay ronin intrigue feudal japan revolver asian western

Photos

Lists

#115 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#393 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#95 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#140 on 500 Essential Cult Movies Jennifer Eiss

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Yoshirô Muraki