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Yojimbo


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  Yojimbo Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
8.91 /10
 
Starring
Toshiro Mifune , Eijiro Tono, Seizaburo Kawazu
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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni

 
 
 
Released: 1961
   
Genre: ACTION
ADVENTURE
BLACK COMEDY
FOREIGN
COMEDY
   
Origin: Japan
   
Length: 110
 
 


 
A resourceful samurai warrior named Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) teaches two warring factions a brutal lesson.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Amusing, highly entertaining western in oriental dress. Kurosawa was obviously inspired by those westerns in which a lone gunslinger comes to town, but here he puts a spin on the tradition where the hero fights on behalf of good versus bad, order versus chaos. Kurosawa's anti-hero is a self-interested cynic and the two factions in town are as bad as each other; therefore, he has to destroy everyone.

The movie was influential on all spaghetti westerns, but especially A Fistful of Dollars, which is virtually a remake. The sequel, Sanjuro (1962) is also worth seeing.


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