This first film by the legendary Hideo Gosha is among the most canonized chambara (sword-fighting) films. An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television series phenomenon of the same name, Three Outlaw Samurai is a classic in its own right.
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A great debut by a masterful director whose skills with a story and a Scope moving camera are renowned for a reason. What's uncanny is that his films became even better than this, wherein most quality directors would be glad just to have made this one. Hideo Gosha is on a very short list of exemplary action directors in any country, any genre, any cinema epoch. Include Three Outlaw Samurai among Chambara's best.
Pure brilliance. Not an amazing film like other japanese masters would create, but it is a fantastic debut, one of the best, and the action sequences are shot fantastically. An interesting concept is also built upon, I very much hope they do not remake this.
Complex moral tale of honor and civil rights. Also, an awesome and engrossing action adventure featuring badass samurai and evil shogun rulers who want to oppress the poor peasants of the local village. Filled with cool sword duels as well as philosophical debates on the lengths of loyalty and honor in the face of right and wrong, a successful samurai sword play movie, with striking visuals and strikes of steel.
Es clásico del género retratar a samurais que están fuera de la ley. "Three outlaw samurai" se podría decir que aglomera una serie de características que componen además la filosofía de estos guerreros élite. Un filme sobre la amistad, el honor y la reivindicación que mitifica a estos personajes que en principio se perfilaban a ser oportunistas.
All the beautiful high contrast, shallow field, kinetic cinematography you expect from the classic, darker chambara of the postwar period; with more disenfranchised Tokugawa-era ronin, bloody revenge and caste upheaval than you can shake a stick at. As such, this would serve as the perfect intro for the uninitiated. However, while it's an explosive blast of genre filmmaking, it's nothing more memorable than that.