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Restored & Unseen: Sansho the Bailiff

Kenji Mizoguchi / JP, 1954 / 126 min.

Hardly ever screened in cinemas nowadays: Sansho the Bailiff by the Japanese master filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi. This epic on the suffering, ambition and eventual decline of two aristocratic families in the eleventh century (the Heian Era) is at the same time a meditation on the passing of time and the meaning of tradition. The screening on 9 December will be introduced by Professor Ivo Smits (Leiden University).  

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4K restoration, carried out by the Kadokawa Corporation and The Film Foundation in collaboration with The Japan Foundation.

Details

Director

Kenji Mizoguchi

Production year

1954

Country

JP

Original title

Sansho the Bailiff

Length

126 min.

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Restored & Unseen

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