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Yojimbo (Yôjinbô) (1961)

Yojimbo
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8.4 IMDB rating

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Toshirô Mifune

Toshirô Mifune

Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai
Tatsuya Nakadai

Tatsuya Nakadai

Unosuke - Gunfighter
Daisuke Katô

Daisuke Katô

Inokichi - Ushitora's Rotund Brother
Seizaburô Kawazu

Seizaburô Kawazu

Seibê - Brothel Operator
Takashi Shimura

Takashi Shimura

Tokuemon - Sake Brewer
Hiroshi Tachikawa

Hiroshi Tachikawa

Yoichiro


Written by
Ryûzô Kikushima

Ryûzô Kikushima

(screenplay)


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Zanmato

6 years, 2 months ago at Feb 18 14:39
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Toshirô Mifune stars as a wandering Samurai with dazzling sword skills in this classic feudal Japanese film from Akira Kurosawa. After arriving in a new town that is ravaged by two warring criminal gangs, the samurai swiftly demonstrates his proficiency with a blade and becomes desired property for both gangs. Instead of joining either team, the cunning samurai pits both gangs against each other ... read more

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3 years, 1 month ago at Mar 10 16:48
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Brilliant acting by Mifune and veiled anti-capitalist themes make this a masterpiece of the "Samurai Movie" sub-genre. There are so many tensions: corruption vs morality, greed vs self-sacrifice, samurai order vs gangster chaos, even the sword vs the gun. It's hardly a surprise when the streets are eventually filled with dead bodies!

The directing by Kurosawa is geared towards build... read more

Perhaps Kurosawa's most enjoyable movie

2 years, 11 months ago at May 10 8:40
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"I'll get paid for killing, and this town is full of people who deserve to die."

At once a dark comedy, an action movie and a morality play, Yojimbo is one of Akira Kurosawa's greatest and most essential motion pictures (from a filmography beset with highly regarded flicks). Though Kurosawa is such a revered cinematic giant, I imagine his films seem uninteresting and daunting for ca... read more
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.
Release date: 13 September 1961
UPC: 037429141328
Samurai (22), Action (19), Japan (16), Japanese (13), 1961 (11), 1960s (11), Foreign (10), Ronin (9), Drama (9), Comedy (9), Double Cross (8), Murder (8), Crime (7), Betrayal (6), Assault (6), Tavern (6), Ravaged Town (5), Mercenary (5), Arson (5), Severed Arm (5)
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"Yojimbo" (1961)

“FIRST IMPRESSIONS

A wandering ronin comes across a town torn apart by two criminal gangs, and decides to end the town's trouble by playing them both against each other.

Now, I'll be tackling this movie in perhaps a very different way. I saw A Fistful of Dollars (the spaghetti western remake) first, so I couldn't help comparing the two as I was watching it.

In terms of story, A Fistful of Dollars follows Yojimbo almost beat for beat. The key difference is the attitude of each movie. Fistful of Dollars plays it with much more humanity: you sympathise more with the law-abiding Baxter family. But in Yojimbo, both sides are as corrupt as the other, so you can't help but agree with the samurai: the town would indeed be better off with both of them dead.

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