Dry black-comedy in which two ronin; a disillusioned ex-samurai and a farmer wanting to become a samurai, end up on opposite sides of a bloody clan-war. Okamoto's irreverent, self-mocking spoof still delivers lots of samurai action. Based on the novel 'Peaceful Days' which is also used as the source material for 'Sanjuro.'
"Sanjuro" (Homeless Guru as a Teacher and Role Model)
Reviewed by actingoutpolitics for Sanjuro at 2010-07-21 19:45:33
Sanjuro is not a film about sword play and is not a samurai drama (all of this is surface structure).
It is a film about the fatal danger democratic societies face today: the danger of being overthrown by the right wing political powers.
In "SANJURO" Kurosawa provides penetrating psychological analysis of right wing-conservative politicians using many Western analogies.
Kurosawa dedicates special attention to the analysis of the psychological condition of young people who unfortunately can be easy target of conservative propaganda.
From Sanjuro, the main character of the film we can learn a lot about the values alternative to the dominant orientation on power, wealth and war.
See analysis of 22 shots from "SANJURO" and an article: "Homeless Guru as a Role Model" at:
http://braidedthreads.blogspot.com/2008/09/ran.html - They don't make movies like this anymore.
Well, they try to, but it is hard to imagine a movie production like this one ever coming our way again. If only the big-budget pixelated, battle-worn films churned out in the last decade or so could contain even a little of the spirit that brims in this film.