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A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master (Toshirô Mifune), enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon (Kamatari Fujiwara) and sake merchant Tokuemon (Takashi Shimura) to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

Release details

Release date: Sunday October 15 1961
Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Screenwriter: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Toshiro Mifune
Eijiro Tono
Kamatari Fujiwara
Takashi Shimura
Seizaburo Kawazu
Isuzu Yamada
Tatsuya Nakadai
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