In Japanese with English subtitles. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
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. 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.
- Starring: Tetsuro Tamba, Mikijiro Hira, Isamu Nagato, Miyuki Kuwano, Yoshiko Kayama
- Format: Black & White, Dolby, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: The Criterion Collection
- Release Date: 02/14/2012
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Catalogue #: 596
- A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebir