New 4K digital restoration! Film Series : Mizoguchi Restored

Sansho the Bailiff

Sanshō Dayū / 山椒大夫

1954, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 125 min. With Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 25th 2:00pm
  • Sun, May 27th 3:00pm
  • Mon, May 28th 5:00pm
  • Wed, May 30th 6:00pm

"This is one of the greats, and I'm too much in awe of it to say much more than: See it - as often as you can." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"I have seen SANSHO only once, a decade ago, emerging from the cinema a broken man but calm in my conviction that I had never seen anything better." - Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

Although UGETSU is Mizoguchi's most famous film, many consider SANSHO to be his greatest - a majestic, moving work whose soaring humanism is rinsed of sentimentality by its bracing sense of injustice and its undercurrent of tragic irony. In the eleventh century, a governor's enlightened policy toward the oppressed peon class causes him to be exiled to a distant province, leaving his wife, son, and daughter exposed to abduction by bandits. The wife is sold to a brothel; the boy and girl become slaves under the harsh regime of the estate-owner Sansho the Bailiff. As the years pass, the separated mother and her children cling to their memories of past happiness and their yearning to be reunited. Brutality and beauty exist side by side in Mizoguchi's all-encompassing vision; the visual and aural strategies that he employs to transcend barriers of time and space yield moments of hair-raising emotional power. In Japanese with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either SANSHO THE BAILIFF or A STORY FROM CHIKAMATSU, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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