After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.
Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father's opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of innkeeper's abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him. Written by
Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>
Masaru Sato was instructed by 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. See more »
The wire used to pull the Yakuza's cut kimono off can be seen as he gets up from the ground. See more »
Let me go, father. It's my chance.
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"Yojimbo" is a visual feast to all action film fans out there!
I simply enjoy this Akira Kurosawa film for its great use of action, crisp film editing, and fine attention to detail. From the ominous opening scene to the action-packed finale, this film never letsup. Toshiro Mifune's character of Sanjuro is fine-tuned to the point where a simple shrug or mannerism conveys deep, consequential meaning to the overall drama of the story.
Many filmmakers have been influenced by this film, most notably director George Miller, who borrowed heavily from concepts featured in "Yojimbo" (the wandering warrior), as well as Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (villagers protecting themselves from mauraders) for his hit action film "The Road Warrior." Not to mention, Sergio Leone...
In my opinion, "Yojimbo" has to be the most influential action film to be crafted within the past 4 decades. It has been imitated countless times, by many filmmakers, but has yet to be topped. "Yojimbo" truly is the cinematic template for all the action films released in the past 4 decades. Kurosawa is the master of his craft, and if you've already seen this film, don't just see it once -- see it again!
If you were thrilled by the efficient use of action and visuals in "The Road Warrior," you'll definitely be blown away by its original source material, "Yojimbo." Trust me, it is that good, and I highly recommend it!
Score: 10/10 (One of those rare films that truly deserves this score!)
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