Lesser than Yojimbo in technical terms, grandness, cinematography. A lighter, more comedic take that works well but quite differently. The "unsheathed sword" bit was the most interesting aspect... more development of it could have warped the film into a real critique. The final 'battle' is bold and brilliant.
Aside from it being an extremely well crafted film (as all of Kurosawa's films are), this one didn't do it for me as much as other have; primarily because it slightly pales in comparison to its predecessor: Yojimbo. Still a great and entertaining movie that has an extremely memorable ending.
A sequel of the great Yojimbo. Sanjuro has some improvements from the previous one. This movie has a lot of action sequences, thrilling moments, and epic final battle. Still, I feel that Yojimbo's plot is much better than this movie. It doesn't mean Sanjuro's plot is bad. It just - not too "whoa" for me. But it's still a good movie from Mr. Akira Kurosawa...
"The best sword is kept in its sheath" I'm slowly making my way through Akira Kurosawa's filmography. I have of course heard of him, but I've only scene a handful of his films. That being said I loved Sanjuro! This is a worthy successor to Yojimbo in almost every aspect. It was great seeing Toshiro Mifune back in this iconic role. The final duel is amazing! I'm having a hard time describing how much I loved Sanjuro
This trip to feudal Japan has some amazing photography gems. Most definitely japanese eye candy with wasabi spice: it begins slowly then it burns because Kurosawa knows how to prolong its climax: he passes slowly by these sets. With oriental pace, Sanjuro is a very immersive black and white ticket to samurai cinema study.