Three Outlaw Samurai

Synopsis: Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the magistrate's guard, Sakura and Kikyo. The three outlaws find themselves in a battle to the death.
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Hideo Gosha
Production: Criterion Collection
95 min

Stay back!

Or she'll die!

What's going on?

She appears to be of high rank

Kill me!

You've violated her?

Nothing like that

The magistrate's daughter may consider us-

An beneath her notice-

Magistrate's daughter?

A hostage

so that we can negotiate

Appeal by force?

Succession of bad crops

Farmers are dying

The magistrate won't even attempt to hear our pleas

I understand

But even if you succeed

You'll be punished

For abducting his daughter

We're prepared

Even to die?

The formers of 8 villages are desperate

Please! Don't interfere

No need to sleep in the open

Let me stay here tonight

Get out!

A pretty girl to add interest

Well I'm here - I'll enjoy the show

Damn you!


Why do you attack me?

If you're not careful-

You'll lose your life for nothing

Sir... Magistrate!

Your daughter has been located

In a mill near the bridge

She's being held by 3 farmers

- Jinbei, Gosaku, Yohachi

Jinbei, Gosaku?

Is Aya safe?

They've abducted her as

a means of making an appeal

For them, she's a valuable hostage

They wouldn't dare harm her in any way

Stupid farmers!

Everyone to the mill at once



To the mill, hurry!


You're wanted. Let's start out!

Why should I?

It's an emergency. We need your help!

To fight farmers?

That's more your job

You won't need me

Will they punish Jinbei?

They would most likely behead him

If Aya is released-

No difference

Stupid farmers

It won't help

in bringing about a reform

Jinbei has been kind to me since I was a child

Is there a way to save him?

I don't think so

Relax. Don't be so nervous

Shut up! Trying to catch us off our guard Aya

Suspicious fellows

So careful

And yet you leave the door undefended

Not very smart


Again not very smart

All of you leaving the girl unguarded

Gosaku, stay with the girl

Yohachi, at the door

Now that's a better tactic

Next thing is to eat

Have you any food here?

Talking of food at such a time

Can't fight if hungry

There's some millet in the bucket

Make some porridge

They've come


What'll we do?

It's all up to you

I'll watch here

Don't worry

Stay near the girl


Don't come any closer

If you want to live, release Aya

We refuse

We won't return the girl

Until our appeal is heeded

Think you're strong enough to see this through?

We're prepared to die

But your daughter will die first

Maybe this will help to open the eyes of the clan officials

I understand

Let's settle this now

Your appeal will be given a fair hearing

So free Aya

Do it promptly and you'll be pardoned

Do you hear me?

Our demands - will they all be granted?

I don't want the whole clan to hear about this

Return Aya.

I won't punish you

Does he - really mean it?

What's so funny?

What happened to your determination?

Afraid of punishment?

I suppose that's human nature

You laugh

Do you for once think you'll go unpunished?

Fear of death has weakened your resolve

You doubt my father's word?

Believe him if you want

But can the rest of the farmers do the same?

He's right, you know

Without the hostage, we have nothing

Well just be killed like dogs

They've always deceived us with trickery

It won't happen this time

Want Aya back?

Bring a written promise!

To reduce taxes. Signed by the Lord himself!

Don't kill them! Capture them

Don't' allow the hostage leave so easily

The situation is as it was before

Who are you?

A roving Samurai named Shiba

Why did you help the farmers?


Perhaps because I spent a night under the same roof

Kill him!


This may endanger Aya's life

Let's leave temporarily

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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