Yojimbo

Yojimbo

Sanjuro : two samurai films by Akira Kurosawa

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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"Yojimbo": The masterless samurai Sanjuro, who slyly manipulates two warring clans to his own advantage in a small, dusty village. "Sanjuro": A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.
Publisher: Irvington, N.Y. : The Criterion Collection ; Chatsworth, Calif. : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2007]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (206 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 2 booklets (19 cm.)
Alternative Title: Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjûrô

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1aa
Sep 24, 2018

A terrific samurai film! One has to read quickly to get key information regarding the plot (otherwise one misses it and the actions and events quickly lose their sense); the fights are quite fast, and most of the fun is in the main character's contrasting behavior with the other nine of his comrades.

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LemmyKoopa
Sep 04, 2018

Sometimes funny, sometimes haunting, always intense.

Yojimbo is one of the classics of the samurai genre, and it's status as one of the original 'westerns' is unrivaled. Featuring memorable characters, beautiful set pieces and the (as usual) amazing portrayal by Toshio Mifune as Sanjuro all rolls together to create one of the great classics of the mid-20th century.

Highly recommended - might be a little slow for some, and doesn't feature as much brawling and sword-fighting as I'd like, but it stands out as a huge inspiration for many budding filmmakers, both of today and yesteryear.

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lindy919
May 20, 2018

Better than its predecessor, Yohimbo, as this one stresses the drama and tones down the bad comedy.

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simonbrenden
Mar 26, 2016

Good to see these Kurosawa films being released on dvd. Mifune was a very special actor and Kurosawa is to be praised for his unsentimental films. The extras on the dvd were worth watching and showed Kurosawa's fanatical attention to detail.

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Cyberman29
Nov 01, 2015

Watched it while the clock strikes 1 after Halloween.. yeah, a halloween extravaganza with its gore & violence pre-Quentin Tarantino with a comedic touch.

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

Yojimbo and Rashomon are Kurosawa's masterpiece subversions/elevations of the samurai film. Sanjuro is his perfect embodiment of the samurai film. This movie is not particularly clever in subverting story conventions. It is a solidly told, beautifully shot straight forward samurai action film. It has bits of James Bond and classic Western thrown in and it all works. This is Kurosawa's conventional masterpiece, proof that you can do a film that on the surface appears disctintly cliche and make it excellent.

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

A great game would be to watch Yojimbo (Starring Toshiro Mifune), then A Fistful of Dollars (starring Clint Eastwood), then Last Man Standing (starring Bruce Willis). The process will give the viewer a lesson in how remakes are not necessarily bad. All three films are the same story, reinterpreted through different lenses. Yojimbo is by far the best, beautiful and intoxicating in a way so many films are not, it stands up to the ravages of time and whims of changing taste amazingly well. Watch this movie. And then watch its remakes.

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danpreston
Sep 01, 2013

Fantastic film. One of the key ones that inspired me to become a filmmaker.

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3reading4stem2011
Jun 25, 2013

This is an Akira Kurosawa film with Toshiro Mifune as the title Samurai character. I found that reading the booklet that came with the Dvd helped me understand some of the problems they had with the making of this movie and the ingenious solutions they came up with. Like a Camellia Bush that had to have fake Leaves and flowers because the real things would not hold together and more...

Green_Bird_203 Dec 03, 2012

I miss Mifune.

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Ky68RasK
Mar 23, 2016

The fastest sword in the East.

In the words of Toshiro Mifune
"Hanosuke"
"Yes"
"Go hang yourself"

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NobleSix
Mar 12, 2011

"Hanoske..."
"Yes..."
"...Go hang yourself."

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Violence: One character gets an arm chopped off. But on the whole nothing brutal no heads and limbs falling off left right and center. It's more entertainment fighting based on the character's power over his opponents obviously Mifune prevails over his opponents.

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