- 1 DVD (124 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (77 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
- Additional Authors
- Hanayagi, Yoshiaki,Hayasaka, Fumio,Hayasaka, Fumio.Kagawa, Kyōko.Miyagawa, Kazuo,Miyata, Mitsuzo.Mizoguchi, Kenji,Nagata, Masaichi,Shindo, Eitaro.Tanaka, Kinuyo,Yahiro, Fuji,Yoda, Yoshikata,
- Corporate Author
- Criterion Collection (Firm)Daiē, Kabushiki Kaisha.Janus Films
- Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô.Credits: Cinematographer, Kazuo Miyagawa ; editor, Mitsuzô Miyata ; music, Fumio Hayasaka, Tamekichi Mochizuki, Kanahiachi Odera ; production designers, Kisaku Ito, Shozaburo Nakajima.Japanese dialogue with optional English subtitles.Originally produced as a motion picture in 1954.Special features: Commentary by Japanese literature professor Jeffrey Angles; Video interview with actress Kyoko Kagawa recalling the making of Sansho the Bailiff; Video interview with assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka; Video interview with film critic and historian Tadao Sato.Summary: 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 drivers. Accompanying booklet features an essay by scholar Mark Le Fanu; the story on which the film was based, Mori Ogai's "Sansho dayu," from 1915, in an acclaimed translation by J. Thomas Rimer; a written form of an oral variation of the same tale, dating back to the fifteenth century, in a rare English translation.Title from container.