It's an image that will stay with you forever. It's the moment you've waiting for during the entire movie. The hero and villain meet in a defining sword fight. The power and suddenness is simply astounding. But, that is not the defining image of Sanjuro. Think about camellias cascading down a stream, white pedals floating happily, a lightness of spring as they bob on the water. That's the one, the image that captures the spirit of Sanjuro. You wouldn't expect flowers floating in a stream to reflect the essence of a samurai western, but this is the land of Kurosawa, a film director at the very top of the pantheon.
Sanjuro is the follow-up samurai film to
Akira Kurosawa's international success,
The central character is the same wandering samurai that delighted on
the foibles of a town in turmoil in the former film. Some of his gruff edges
have been softened for Sanjuro. He's still dangerous, he's still
unkempt, but he's more hero and not as dark. This is a much lighter film in
tone than Yojimbo. Elements from earlier film are repeated, perhaps even
refined. Kurosawa delights in the playfulness of Sanjuro.
Cinematically, Sanjuro is a much more attractive realization. Once again,
Sanjuro is in the middle of a conflict and dances between two feuding
factions with the agility of a ballet master while wielding his sword with
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