Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: SANSHO THE BAILIFF

Saturday, March 16, 2013

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre


(Japan/1954—directed by Kenji Mizoguchi)

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 seized by vicious slave traders. Under the richly expressive direction of Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu, The 47 Ronin), this classic Japanese story became one of cinema’s true masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil, and one of the most memorable portraits of the corrupting power of slavery in cinema history. Though completed in 1954, it took more than a decade for Sansho to reach American shores; its release here played a significant part in the realization by American critics and moviegoers that Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon) was not the only great Japanese filmmaker, and that in fact Japan’s cinematic legacy rivaled that of its better-known European and American counterparts. Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival. In Japanese with English subtitles. (124 min.)

“One of the best of all Japanese films.” Roger Ebert, The Great Movies

Saturday, March 16 at 4:00 PM
 
Admission to this show is free for DIA members.
 
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.