Yojimbo (1961)

In this film, a samurai warrior is recruited by both sides of a village divided by warfare. He is tempted to go with the side that offers the most money until he learns he is to be killed after his services have been rendered.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 28, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

A movie that is both a wow of a show and a masterpiece of misanthropy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Even Eastwood's Man With No Name is inspired, perhaps, by the samurai in Yojimbo.

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Emanuel Levy

Kurosawa's masterully executed acion film influenced many young directors, including Segio Leone.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Action-packed, highly comic 1961 translation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Despite the sometime appearance of the whole thing as a forthright travesty, it does have stretches of excitement and cinematic power.

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

A textbook example of the perfect crowd-pleaser.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

If the plot sounds familiar, it's probably because Leone stole it for A Fistful of Dollars.

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James Berardinelli

It is fair to say that, without Yojimbo, certain key aspects of Western cinema would not be the same today.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The biggest impression left by Yojimbo is the characterization of Sanjuro, whose iconography of stoic cool (that inspired Clint Eastwood's antiheroic "Man with No Name") is consistently undercut with dashes of comical realism...[Blu-ray]

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