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Yojimbo (1961) (Yôjinbô)

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Starring (View all)
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
Akira Kurosawa Akira Kurosawa
(story)
Ryûzô Kikushima Ryûzô Kikushima
(screenplay)


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Zanmato

10 years, 9 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

A classic

4 years, 6 months ago at May 23 8:55
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I can’t believe I haven’t seen any movies directed by Akira Kurosawa for such a long time. A few years ago, I was doing a good job and ended up watching 13 of his movies but, by now, it has been almost 10 years since I saw another one of his movies. It is a real shame but maybe I will pick it up again later on. Anyway, this flick is probably one of his most famous ones and therefore I was real... read more

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7 years, 9 months 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
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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
Tags: Samurai (22), Action (19), Japan (15), Japanese (15), Foreign (11), 1961 (11), Drama (10), 1960s (10), Ronin (9), Comedy (9), Murder (8), Double Cross (8), Crime (8), Betrayal (6), Assault (6), Tavern (6), Ravaged Town (5), Mercenary (5), Arson (5), Severed Arm (5)
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"Arterial spurts, plus the last of the Crazy 88 is spared and told to go home to mother just as in "Yojimbo.""


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