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Yojimbo (Yôjinbô) (1961)

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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


Written by
Akira Kurosawa Akira Kurosawa
(story)
Ryûzô Kikushima Ryûzô Kikushima
(screenplay)


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A classic

8 years, 4 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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11 years, 6 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

Perhaps Kurosawa's most enjoyable movie

11 years, 4 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
Tags: Samurai (23), Action (20), Japanese (16), Japan (15), 1960s (12), 1961 (12), Foreign (11), Drama (10), Comedy (9), Ronin (9), Crime (8), Murder (8), Double Cross (8), Betrayal (6), Tavern (6), Severed Arm (5), Mercenary (5), Arson (5), Ravaged Town (5)
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Another Kurasawa masterpiece

“Akira Kurasawa is one of my favourite directors as of now. And Yojimbo does nothing to make me change that, if anything like Seven Samurai, Ran, Ikiru, Hidden Fortress, Rashomon and Throne of Blood it is another of his masterpieces. Like Hidden Fortress was a major influence on Star Wars, Yojimbo did the same for Fistful of Dollars. I've seen them compared a lot, but all I will say that for me both are milestones of their respective genres and both are movies to watch if not done so already. Back to Yojimbo, as always for a Kurasawa film, it is superbly made and made absolutely beautifully with epic scenery and great, stylish use of camera techniques. The music adds much to the story, and is remarkably atmospheric, the script is a fine mix of comedy, intrigue and sudden and quite unrelenti” read more

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"14.2. Blu-ray Uusintakatselu. Yojimboon päätee totutut mainitsemisen arvoiset, vaikka ne vähän jäävät vekkuli veijaroinnin aiheuttaman hämmennyksen jalkoihin. Moraalittomien läpipaskojen miesten edesottamukset näyttäytyvät koomisina, tämä joko puhuttelee tai hämmentää. Puolimatkassa pieni tiivistäminen olisi voinut olla elokuvan eduksi. Hyvä ja universaali alusta kopioille, mukaelmille ja jatkojalosteille, joista varsinkin Kourallinen dollareita ja Django mun kirjoissa yltä"


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" Notes: This flick is probably one of the most famous directed by Akira Kurosawa and therefore I was really eager to check it out. Indeed, it is above all famous because Sergio Leone made a few years later a little remake called ‘For a Fistful of Dollars’ and it was at the time a big mess because they didn’t give any credit to Kurosawa. Eventually, after watching ‘For a Fistful of Dollars’ so many times, it was rather difficult for me to really get into this flick to be honest. I thin"


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