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  1. Walker's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

  2. EdieEmm's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    The sublime, in cinema - that elusive state of rapture, of ego-dissolution, wherein I become no more than an emotional/physical/chemical projector for the film to watch itself through; its realization. The only thing keeping this one from taking me completely was my brain blurting,"Gah! It's perfect" every few minutes (maybe my mind's defence against it!) That, and the heavy truth of our undiminished brutality...

  3. zotibaws's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    has the world changed at all?

  4. Richard Tines's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    the movie begins with a card that announces this tale to be set in the "dark ages", but, really, man's inhumanity to man will unfortunately be an everfresh topic for movies, as long as there is a tension between cold bureaucracy (the wheels of which are greased by the blood, sweat, and tears of the everyday people), and everyday breakthrough moments (big and small) of palpable humaneness and heartfulness.

  5. ginobartolomi's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    a tender and tragic telling of an ancient Japanese fable by Japan's peerless master of emotion himself. absolutely one of the most deserving 5 star ratings I have ever given.

  6. Z-666's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

  7. lbunuel's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    Even if this was the only film ever produced, the existence of Cinema would still be justified. The beauty of Sansho the Bailiff is almost unbearable. A masterpiece among masterpieces.

  8. Ghostman's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    Effortless, rebellious, and elegiac, Sansho the Bailiff is one of the greatest films ever made and Mizoguchi is clearly one of the greatest filmmakers who ever lived. Here is a film that is affecting beyond words.

  9. Philippe Lajède's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

  10. Giacomo Pozzi's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

  11. Joana China's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    Honor, mercy, and love are interwoven throughout this tale and it is magnificent.

  12. dordairobert's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

  13. hemachandra's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    This film, which is film-making at its finest, is the probably the closest definition of Beckett's quote - "I can't go on. I'll go on."

  14. DVC's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    Una de las mejores películas de la historia del cine. Obra maestra absoluta del maestro Mizoguchi

  15. Ethan's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    This is a heartbreakingly beautiful epic and the emotion and power of this film practically seethes off the screen.

  16. Latias's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    Very good adaptation from the short story; a more realistic version. Interesting to compare with the original to see how time put its weight on the plot. Rumor has that Mizoguchi did not like the story himself; I can suspect several changes that did not come from his hands.

  17. Adam Whybray's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    The only film to have saved my life. (Ursula Le Guin's 'The Dispossessed' is the only book to have saved my life.)

  18. Lex Lucas's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    My nips got hard watching this pearl. Jokes aside, it is even better than I could ever imagine it to be. It's tough, awfuly unjust, yet there is a thin gleam of hope left and it's tragically poetic.

  19. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    Probably the lesser of Mizoguchi’s three critically agreed masterpieces (the other two being “The Life of Oharu” and the truly masterful “Ugetsu”). This doesn’t make it weak by any stretch though.

  20. Gonçalo Rosas's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    9 - Ravaging AND ravishing. The little nuggets of optimism it throws your way every now and then, aside from helping to elevate it a billion notches above everyday misery porn, make the bitter parts hit that much harder. How can you blame a film for tearing you up inside when it has the decency to look you in the eyes (and to forgo the whispering of sweet banalities in your ear) while it twists the knife?

  21. FISCHER's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    Une oeuvre grave et limpide, d'un tranquille désespoir omniprésent et incontournable, dressant avec forte maîtrise et âcre lucidité un tableau sans concession de la féodalité nippone, et pourtant baignée malgré tout d'un profond humanisme intemporel, avec en exergue, un précepte simple et lumineux, mâtiné de philosophie zen : "Sois dur pour toi-même et généreux pour les autres"... www.cinefiches.com

  22. Mark Garrett's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    Probably the best film ever made

  23. Graf von Zahl's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

  24. Fabiha's rating of the film Sansho the Bailiff

    "I find that humans have little sympathy for things that don't directly concern them. They're ruthless. Unless those hearts can be changed, the world you dream of cannot come true."

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