Yojimbo (1999) Japan
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Director:Akira Kurosawa
Producer:Tomoyuki Tanaka
Writer:Ryûzô Kikushima
Rating:4.5 (129 votes)
Date Added:2010-03-04
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Features:Black and White
Akira Kurosawa  ...  (Director)
Ryûzô Kikushima  ...  (Writer)
Toshirô Mifune  ...  
Eijirô Tôno  ...  
Tatsuya Nakadai  ...  
Yôko Tsukasa  ...  
Isuzu Yamada  ...  
Kazuo Miyagawa  ...  Cinematographer
Akira Kurosawa  ...  Editor
Tags: Buddhism Drama

Summary: This semi-comic 1961 film by legendary director Akira Kurosawa ("Rashomon", "Ran") was inspired by the American Western genre. Kurosawa mainstay Toshirô Mifune ("The Seven Samurai") plays a drifting samurai for hire who plays both ends against the middle with two warring factions, surviving on his wits and his ability to outrun his own bad luck. Eventually the samurai seeks to eliminate both sides for his own gain and to define his own sense of honor. "Yojimbo" is striking for its unorthodox treatment of violence and morality, reserving judgment on the actions of its main character and instead presenting an entertaining tale with humor and much visual excitement. One of the inspirations for the "spaghetti Westerns" of director Sergio Leone and later surfacing as a remake as "Last Man Standing" with Bruce Willis, this film offers insight into a director who influenced American films even as he was influenced by them. "--Robert Lane"