Three Outlaw Samurai (1968)
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Critic Reviews for Three Outlaw Samurai
It's a Gosha film that lacks the intensity of the chambara cinema found in other masters such as Kurosawa, Inagaki, Kobayashi, and Okamoto. [Full review in Spanish]
It's the willingness to subtly subvert the tropes of the samurai film that makes it such compelling viewing and deserving of far higher esteem among the genre's heavyweights.
duly impressive in both its strong, unadorned narrative pacing and its rich cinematography
Audience Reviews for Three Outlaw Samurai
"Three Outlaw Samurai" looks stunning on it's new Criterion released Blu-ray and is showcasing Hideo Gosha's skill even during his first feature film! The story is simplistic and basic but is conveyed with such depth and beauty, it is far from just a standard samurai flick. The cinematography is beautiful and catches the beautiful backdrops and scenery as well as all the action going on throughout the struggles of the peasants and samurai. The film features detailed and realistic swordplay and is a pleasure to watch for the duration of the film. While the story is basic it is also very witty as well and puts the samurai honor code (Bushido for those of you in the know) on it's rear and challenges many traditional Japanese ideals. A key example is near the end of the film when all the evil samurai have been defeated all the peasants have to do is take the petition to the Lord who is right in front of them, yet no one steps up due to fear. In the end the three outlaw samurai have done great good and stood up for what's right but the peasants they fought for don't appreciate or step up to the plate and essentially made the three's struggle in vain. This realistic and poignant realization is quite unique and really says what the Director wants to say about people and culture.
a fantastic film. a solid concept and good characters although one dimensional for the most part. the execution was, at times, a bit clumsy, but overall the themes of the story were so effective, well thought out, and truthfully cynical.
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