Overall Rank: 270
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 146
Theatrical Release Date: 04/25/1961
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Daisuke Katô, Yôko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada, Seizaburô Kawazu
Plot: 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 - wrote on 03/16/2012
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.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/15/2011
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.
twijayatmo - wrote on 10/02/2009
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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Yojimbo - wrote on 05/21/2012
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 …
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