Yojimbo

"Excellent"

Yojimbo Review


Kurosawa's "Japanese Western" features the oft-retold tale of a sword-toting samurai in 1600s feudal Japan who finds himself without a master. He then sells his services to both sides of warring village, with rather disastrous results. Great beginning and ending, but drags a bit in the middle as Toshirô Mifune switches sides back and forth amid mutliple skirmishes. If you're looking for one of the original heroes who lives in a world not of black and white but of gray, you've found him in Mifune's swordsman. The film's effect has been palpable: Yojimbo remains a major Hollywood touchstone, having been notably remade as the far-inferior spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars by Sergio Leone, as well as Bruce Willis's Last Man Standing.

Criterion's reissue of the film bundles it with the sequel Sanjuro, and offers historical commentary tracks, improved soundtrack, and copious documentaries about the making of both films.



Yojimbo

Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 15th January 1970

Distributed by: Daiei International Films Inc.

Production compaines: Nikkatsu

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

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Starring: Noriko Igarashi as Osumi, Shigeko Hatanaka as Shigeko, Keiko Takashima as Okei, Karen Tachibana as Karen, Masaki Ito as Mamechiyo, Rina Ôtani as Fûko, Arimi Hoshino as Nobuko, Ayako Okada as O-Ryû, Saegusa Nishikawa as Sanae, Kayoko Hashimoto as Yumi, Noriko Murata as Natsue, Yumi Yamazaki as Piiko

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