Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.
Masaru Sato was instructed by Akira Kurosawa to write "whatever you like" so long as it was not the usual period samurai film music so commonly used by all the major studios at the time. He ended up writing something that was inspired by one of his idols, Henry Mancini, whom he had the pleasure of meeting shortly after the film was released, where they discussed his "Yojimbo" soundtrack.
Traveler: Let me go, father. It's my chance.
The wire used to pull the Yakuza's cut kimono off can be seen as he gets up from the ground.
The initial US release ran only 75 minutes, 35 minutes shorter than the original version at 110 minutes.