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Three Outlaw Samurai

Genres: Foreign, Action / Adventure, Asian Action, Japanese Cinema, Japan, Samurai, Criterion Collection

Cast: Tetsuro Tamba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijiro Hira

Director: Hideo Gosha

Synopsis: This first film by the legendary Hideo Gosha (Sword of the Beast) is among the most canonized chambara (sword-fighting) films. An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television series phenomenon of the same name, THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI is a classic in its own right. In it, a wandering, seen-it-all ronin (Tetsuro Tamba) becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira), hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, this is an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty.

Language: Japanese

Country of Origin: Japan

Production Year: 1964


  • "Fresh and brilliant... Gosha's style crackles with electricity.", Patrick Galloway, Author of Stray Dogs and Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook
  • "Gosha is a genius at staging action.", Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post

Three Outlaw Samurai
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