Yojimbo has been hailed for its impeccable technical, moral and influential qualities. The strongest, however, is the quite avant garde critique on a transformative capitalistic society. Cinema is perspective and here Sanjuro is our center, our conscious, our outside look into a world dominated by greed. Once again, Kurosawa reveals to be a master of doing complex things in a very, very simple form.
Movement. I always love movement in Kurosawa's, but in this film the movement just wonderful and exceptional. The way nature move to express the feeling, the story, cool and funny character (Leone miss this point) make sure Kurosawa is mozart of film (I get this point from Sidney Lumet)
Near the last act, it sadly abandons the dynamic nature of the 2 families and focuses too much on a single one. This was a missed opportunity to have an ending in which both families destroy each other, AKA 2 birds with one stone. As it is, this is a highly enjoyable tale with some wonderful comedy, especially early on with the dog. Each shot also has beautiful lighting and Kurosawa was the master of composition.
Pretty much the cheat sheet for all films after it where a wandering bad ass plays off rival gang members for his on profit and amusement. And if we're being complete honest Toshiro Mifune pretty much invented the 'man with no name' wandering anit-hero character. Visually stunning, intense to watch with all round great acting and memorable characters. A cinema classic and inspiration for future films to come.
Meravigliosa parabola dai risvolti ironici sulla capacità di autodistruzione dell'uomo.Film che ha ispirato il western americano e italiano,perfetto nelle inquadrature e nella splendida fotografia. Grandiosa la figura epica del protagonista e un finale costruito alla grandissima.Ogni volta che parte la musica si ha la sensazione di entrare nella storia. Kurosawa fenomenale,anni luce avanti al suo periodo storico.