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Toshiro Mifune portrays a Samurai who finds himself in the middle of a feud-torn Japanese village. Neither side is particularly honorable, but Mifune is hungry and impoverished, so he agrees to work as bodyguard (or Yojimbo) for a silk merchant (Kamatari Fujiwara) against a sake merchant (Takashi Shimura). He then pretends to go to work for the other, the better to let the enemies tear each other apart. Imprisoned for his "treachery," he escapes just in time to watch the two warring sides wipe each other out. This was his plan all along, and now that peace has been restored, he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie that is both a wow of a show and a masterpiece of misanthropy."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Even Eastwood's Man With No Name is inspired, perhaps, by the samurai in Yojimbo."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Kurosawa's masterully executed acion film influenced many young directors, including Segio Leone."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is one of those movies where it sounds like none of it should work and yet all of it somehow does."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Not much on plot or leaving one much to think about, but it sure was entertaining."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Action-packed, highly comic 1961 translation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Despite the sometime appearance of the whole thing as a forthright travesty, it does have stretches of excitement and cinematic power."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A textbook example of the perfect crowd-pleaser."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune team up for one of their most basic and enjoyable samurai films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The explosive outbursts of violence in Yojimbo are superbly choreographed, with Kurosawa's customary use of a telephoto lens creating a hallucinatory feeling."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If the plot sounds familiar, it's probably because Leone stole it for A Fistful of Dollars."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It is fair to say that, without Yojimbo, certain key aspects of Western cinema would not be the same today."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"engages viewers with its larger than life protagonist and easy to follow narrative"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Japan's definitive leading man, Toshiro Mifune, wields wits that are even deadlier than his Katana. Funny, clever, and never a dull moment."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
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