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"A film of unparalleled beauty by the great Japanese Master Kenji Mizoguchi"

Sansho the Bailiff, or Sansho Dayu, is a Japanese period drama from 1954 and is adapted from a short story by Mori Ogai. The film takes place during the Heian Era of Japan's governance and sees a kind governor being exiled to a far-off province. When his spouse and their two children try to reunite, they become separated after a conman tricks and enslaves them; while the mother is sold off to one area, the children are sent off to a slave camp. Whether the kids will survive or lose their humanity and empathy is for the audience to witness.

| 1954 | 2 hr 4 min | 8.4/10
Kenji Mizoguchi
Sansho the Bailiff

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