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Yojimbo

1961 . Drama, Thriller . 1h 50m

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About the movie

A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

Rated:

Not Rated

Language:

日本語

Release:

25 Apr 1961

Original Title:

Yojimbo

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Length:

1h 50m

Awards:

Nominated for 1 Oscar. 4 wins & 2 nominations total

Keywords:

japan, gambling, swordplay, samurai, sword, bodyguard, fighting, family, intrigue, ronin, revolver, edo period, feudal japan, 19th century, asian western

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Reviews

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Angelo Clausner

1 year ago

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A film that is yet another Kurosawa masterpiece is Yojimbo (1961), one of the most firmly created films made by Kurosawa or any filmmaker of the 20th and 21st centuries. With not a single scene, shot, movement, or piece of dialogue that is irrelevant to the film and its plot (if you ask me), it’s not a big surprise (or even a surprise at all, for that matter) that Yojimbo is a timeless piece of cinematic treasure that should (and will) be respected by filmmakers and film-lovers alike for generations to come. In my opinion, this movie is a close contender of Rashomon (1950) for the best Kurosawa film, let alone one of my favorite Kurosawa film that I’ve seen thus far. Having been copied many times over the years, it’s virtually the single most inspirational film of the action genre as we know it in modern times (one such case of this copying is (though not modern by some’s standards) the infamous Sergio Leone film A Fistful of Dollars (1964)). Yojimbo is a pleasant feast for the eyes for those who are admirers of the action genre. Detailed and meaningful shots fill the frames of this movie. This aspect of the film, by the way, ought to be, in my opinion, taken note by aspiring (and current) filmmakers and should be payed close to attention to by those same people. With one shot, in one scene, Kurosawa is able to set the mood and atmosphere with jaw-dropping ability. These points allow the well-crafted, moving tale to be told fluidly and beautifully from start to finish without any inconsistencies or plot holes. Lastly, the acting. As always, the acting in this film is magnificent, especially Toshirô Mifune, who, as always, portrays his character (in this case Sanjuro Kuwabatake aka The Samurai) magically, with a foreboding presence even if he isn’t on camera. In summary, this is THE film, in my opinion to view if you want to see a perfect example of a director and actor (both having high, inspirational status in their field) having tremendous confidence in each other and their crafts, culminating in a most extraordinary and recommendable film for all to see and enjoy.

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Elen Hâf

1 year ago

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interesting movie, well directed!

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Irv H

1 year ago

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1 year ago

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K G

5 years ago

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