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Sansho the Bailiff

Posted by martinteller on November 1, 2003

The semi-happy ending does little to allay the brutality and sorrow of the rest of the film. Punctuated by several long shots that emphasize the characters’ isolation, this movie is a real downer, as it consistently dangles hope in front of your face and then snatches it away.  I would say it was pretty heavy-handed, but I liked it. Looking forward to more Mizoguchi.  Rating: 8


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