This first feature by the legendary Hideo Gosha is among the most belovedchanbara(sword-fighting) films. An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television phenomenon of the same name,Three Outlaw Samuraiis a classic in its own right. 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.
Black & White
High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri New cover by Greg Ruth