Yojimbo (1961)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 13, 1961
DVD Release Date: September 28, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As effortlessly engaging as it is widely influential, Yojimbo represents Kurosawa at the peak of his powers -- and lays the groundwork for the modern American western.

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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Kurosawa's classic film that served as a major inspiration for other directors like Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino, employing a curious, dark sense of… More
Reid Volk
A superbly shot black comedy that truly showcases the strengths of Kurosawa and his lead Mifune. It is also a scathing indictment on capitalism that… More
Alex roy
Akira Kurosawa helms this phenomenal action drama that elevates the genre of Samurai films even further. His style is unique, one that evokes a strong sense of… More
Melvin White
"Kill one or a hundred. You only hang once." Yojimbo is a really cool movie directed by Akira Kurosawa. It went on to inspire Leones A Fistful of… More
Dan Schultz
A hugely influential and masterfully constructed samurai tale with Western undertones concerning an impoverished roamer (Toshiro Mifune) who comes to a small… More
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