This first film by the legendary HIDEO GOSHA (Sword of the Beast) 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. In it, a wandering, seen-it-all ronin (TETSURO TAMBA) becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (ISAMU NAGATO and MIKIJIRO HIRA), hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, this is an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty.

Special Features:

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
93 mins approx
Director:
Hideo Gosha
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Tetsuro Tamba

Isamu Nagato

Mikijiro Hira
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1964
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

Three Outlaw Samurai - The Criterion Collection

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This first film by the legendary HIDEO GOSHA (Sword of the Beast) 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. In it, a wandering, seen-it-all ronin (TETSURO TAMBA) becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (ISAMU NAGATO and MIKIJIRO HIRA), hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, this is an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty.

Special Features:

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
93 mins approx
Director:
Hideo Gosha
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Tetsuro Tamba

Isamu Nagato

Mikijiro Hira
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1964
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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Undiscovered gem.

This deserves to be more popular in the west. Up there with the best of the Samurai genre masterpieces. If only the television show hadn't been lost.