I actually thought this was going to be my first Kurosawa to be rated below five stars... how silly of me... Never have I connected so much with a character I knew absolutely nothing about and with a story completely outside of what I was expecting. Toshirō Mifune is incomparable and this might just be his coolest role.
Fantastic film, exceeded every expectation. I can see why it has such a huge legacy. Kurosawa manages to make us laugh, gasp and cheer all in the same film. A film which demonstrates the intelligence of its protagonist through actions rather than through contrivance and dialogue. A must-see classic for everyone.
Kurosawa's lighter western influenced film, may lack the epic 3 hour scope of Seven Samurai or even the adventurous spirit of The Hidden Fortress, but it is regardless, an entertaining film. Boasting a great performance from kurosawa veteran Toshiro Mifune, as well as classic kurosawa black humor, and exquisite wide-screen compositions. My only gripe is that the film can be a bit talky in sections, but that's minor.
3-4. Is it odd to say this is one of the sweeter Kurosawa movies I've come across? His usual philosophy is on full display, epitomized by Sanjuro, the nameless wanderer. But there's an emotional core, the relationship between Sanjuro and Gonji, that blooms throughout, and we're eventually rewarded with a display of honest caring on Sanjuro's part as our climax. I think it's distinct for Kurosawa in that respect.
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...
Where do I even begin with Yojimbo? This film reminds me of why I love cinema. Akira Kurosawa is a master craftsman. His direction in this film is nothing short of brilliant. It is just an absolute joy to watch Toshiro Mifune on the big screen. Yojimbo is one of the greatest films ever made. If you haven't seen this before, I implore you, go see it right now! Stop what you are doing and go see Yojimbo!
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.