Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated   |    |  Action, Drama, Thriller


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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.


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11 November 2001 | Tigereyes
Sensational!
If I had to choose only one movie for film students to learn from, this would be it. Other films may be more profound, or their imagery more groundbreaking, but this one is so tightly constructed that nothing - not a frame, word, or gesture - is extraneous.

Toshiro Mifune, one of the world's most charismatic actors, is perfection as a tough loner of a samurai who takes it upon himself to clean up a town corrupted by two gambling clans. Swirling through and around him is a story that is both technically flawless and profoundly moving.

Kurosawa meticulously infuses every detail with meaning; there's a purpose behind every shot, and aspiring directors should pay close attention (why is the camera slightly tilted? why are there concubines in the background?). His economy of style was never more amazing; watch as the samurai rides into town, and the director establishes the atmosphere with exactly one jaw-dropping shot. And the story is equally well-crafted, with no plot holes and no inconsistencies.

A wonderful tale that rolls beautifully from start to finish. See it, see it, see it!!

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Release Date:

13 September 1961

Language

Japanese


Country of Origin

Japan

Filming Locations

Japan

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$46,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,808

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