Sansho Dayu (UK-import) (Blu-ray + DVD)

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Based on an ancient legend, as recounted by celebrated author Mori Ogai (in his short story of the same name, written in 1915), and adapted by Mizoguchi, Sansho Dayu [Sansho the Steward, aka Sansho the Bailiff] is both distinctively Japanese and as deeply affecting as a Greek tragedy. Described in its opening title as "one of the oldest and most tragic in Japan's history", Mizoguchi depicts an unforgettably sad story of social injustice, family love, and personal sacrifice - all conveyed with exquisite tone and purity of emotion.

Set in Heian era (11th century) Japan, it follows an aristocratic woman, Tamaki (played by Tanaka Kinuyo, who also stars in Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari), and her two children, Zushio (Hanayagi Yoshiaki) and Anju (Kagawa Kyoko), who are separated by feudal tyranny from Tamaki's husband. When the children are kidnapped and sold into slavery to the eponymous "Sansho" (Shindo Eitaro), the lives of each of the family members follow very different paths - each course uniquely, and insufferably, tragic.

Famed for its period reconstructions and powerful imagery, often through the director's trademark long takes, Sansho Dayu is one of the most critically revered of all of japanese cinema - a Venice Film Festival Silver Lion winner that often appears in lists of the greatest films ever made.


  • Mizoguchi's Gion Bayashi (also in 1080p on the Blu-ray)
  • Tony Rayns video discussion of Sansho Dayu [29:00] and Gion Bayashi [11:00]
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailer for Sansho Dayu and original Japanese theatrical teaser for Gion Bayashi
  • Before-and-after Sansho Dayu restoration demonstration
  • Illustrated booklet featuring rare archival imagery and a full reprint of the 1915 Mori Ogai story adapted in Sansho Dayu


Produksjonsår 1954 Utgitt 2012
Format Blu-ray + DVD Sone Sone B - Import
Sjanger Drama Antall disker 2
Spilletid 2 timer 5 minutter Aldersgrense 7
Undertekster Engelsk Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Japansk), PCM 1.0 (Japansk)
Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt Regissør Kenji Mizoguchi
Skuespillere Eitaro Shindo, Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyoko Kagawa, Yoshiaki Hanayagi Bestillingsnummer EKA70068
Leverandør Gardners