Image credit: Daiei Motion Picture Company, Sansho Dayu, 1954
Sansho the Bailiff (Sansho Dayu) 1954
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
Drama | Japanese with English subtitles | 124 mins | Not Rated
Starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa
While on a journey to visit their father, a banished governor, Zushio (Yoshiaki Hanayagi) and Anju (Kyoko Kagawa) are attacked, separated from their mother, Tamaki (Kinuyo Tanaka), and sold as slaves to an estate managed by the brutal Sansho (Eitaro Shindo). The children grow up as slaves on the estate, but when Anju hears a newly acquired slave singing song that mentions their names, they realise their mother may still be alive and make plans to find her.
A film of unparalleled beauty by the great Japanese Master Kenji Mizoguchi.
Winner of the Top 10 Film Award, Cahiers du Cinéma 1960 and the Silver Lion award, Venice Film Festival 1954. Nominee for the Golden Lion award, Venice Film Festival 1954.
The film will be introduced and given context by Peter Rainey, an SMSA member and cinema enthusiast, who returns to an earlier passion for films as a Program Director for a Queensland Cinema Group, now that he has retired after 40 years in the education profession.
This event will be held in person at our newly renovated Henry Carmichael Theatre (formerly known as the Mitchell Theatre), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street Sydney.
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