Japan • 1954 • 124 minutes • Black and White • 1.33:1 • Japanese
When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. Under Kenji Mizoguchi's dazzling direction, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema's greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- Audio commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles
- New video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa on the making of the film and its lasting importance
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A book featuring an essay by scholar Mark Le Fanu and two versions of the story on which the film was based—Ogai Mori's 1915 "Sansho Dayu," in an acclaimed translation by J. Thomas Rimer, and a written form of an earlier oral variation, in a new English translation