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Yojimbo (1961) Movie Information

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Akira Kurosawa


Toshirô Mifune
Tatsuya Nakadai
Daisuke Katô
Yôko Tsukasa
Isuzu Yamada
Seizaburô Kawazu





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A samurai enters a town where two families are feuding, as he develops plan to play them against each other.

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Daniel Corleone 03/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Seibei and Ushitora are gangsters looking for a bodyguard. Some nice lines from the film - “Kids these days have gone mad.” “He died as recklessly as he lived.” Unfortunately, the lack of character development and better plot structure made this movie not as enjoyable as the rest of the director’s efforts. Some scenes felt really scripted and a bit dragging. A movie about money, gangsters and violence. Score, cinematography and action sequences were entertaining, if the same could be said with the storytelling direction. Yojimbo brings in the laughs and action while bringing in the western aura with the use of samurai warriors.

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mitchellyoung 09/15/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A Western transplanted into Japanese culture. The use of Western elements in story structure, characters, and lighting/sound is brilliant. Mifune is at his best here as the lone samurai warrior and the film skillfully, as with most Kurosawa films, blends humor and adventure.

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twijayatmo 10/02/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Outstanding Toshiro Mifune.Simple but inspiring many modern movie such as Last Man Standing & Man with No Name Trilogy.This is story about a ronin who arrives in a small village and there are competing godfather create money from gambling.

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Chris Kavan 02/25/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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The first of the wandering samurai films is shorter and lighter in tone than other Kurosawa films. This is the one I would recommend anyone looking to get into Japanese cinema to start with. Mifune embraces the role and is fun to watch.

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Alex 01/01/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I actually liked this movie. It has a fun plot, and Mifune is great as always as the Samurai Warrior.

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05/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Yojimbo" by Yojimbo

Toshiro Mifune plays a wandering samurai who chances upon a small town in which two rival gangs are squabbling for control and decides to manipulate them into killing each other off. Kurosawa is reunited with the cinematographer who worked with him on Rashomon and together they use the widescreen format to glorious effect. He once again tackles his favourite subject and turns the class system on its head, presenting a samurai as not a noble warrior fighting for justice, but a scruffy opportunistic mercenary who happily blackmails and double deals for his own ends. Toshiro Mifune's performance is filled with subtlety and charisma as his initial disdain of these big fish in a small pond turns to brutal retribution after his suffering a vicious beating at their hands when he makes the mistak...

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