Assistive Technologies

Three Outlaw Samurai

1hr 34mins
Directed by
Hideo Gosha
Tetsurô Tanba,
Isamu Nagato,
Mikijirô Hira
Film Language
in Japanese with English subtitles

This first feature by the legendary Hideo Gosha is among the most beloved chanbara (sword-fighting) films. 

An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television phenomenon of the same name, Three Outlaw Samurai is a classic in its own right. A wandering, seen-it-all ronin (Tetsuro Tamba) becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira), hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, this is an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty. - Criterion Collection

This Week