SANSHO DAYU, by Dudley Andrew & Carole Cavanaugh. BFI Film Classic Series. London: British Film Institute, 2000, 80 pp., with b/w illustrations, $20.

Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1954 film, “Sansho Dayu” (Sansho the Bailiff), is based upon the well-known 1915 Ogai Mori narrative, which was in turn taken from a folk tale of some antiquity. In all versions, the basic anecdote remains the same, although the tale varies with the teller.

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