A nameless ronin wonders into a rural village in feudal Japan. To restore peace in the community, he concocts a plan to play the two head rivals, fighting for monopoly of the local gambling trade, against one another.
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One of the Akira Kurosawa's timeless masterpiece. He took an inspiration from western genre for this movie. Toshiro Mifune is a perfect actor to potray Kuwabatake Sanjuro - a wandering ronin and master swordsman. He's a perfect example of a perfect bad-ass. Don't forget its beautiful cinematography...
Yojimbo has been hailed for its impeccably technical, moral and influential qualities. The strongest, however, is the 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.
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.
Essential cinema. Kurosawa took American western archetypes and situations and molded them into the samurai genre with divine result that wound up influencing Italian westerns. Wild. Yojimbo is much more than its influences however casting light on the cruelty of man, the pettiness and the thirst for justice and revenge. Mifune is magnificent here but its the pacing of the film and script that make it a classic.
Toshiro Mifune's vigilante-cum-shitstirrer wanders into town to clean it up and inspire a new generation of film makers along the way. Great characters, superb camerawork and a ripping yarn which rides along at a cracking speed, this is a perfect primer to Kurosawa's world.