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Program Title: Yojimbo
EASC Code: JY-12
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Producer: Akira Kurosawa
Release Date: 1961
Running Time: 110 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: "One of the most popular Japanese films ever released in the U.S., Yojimbo radiates Kurosawa's love for the American Western and his flair for action and dark humor. Like so many Western heroes, Yojimbo's samurai-for-hire is an outsider in a town gone bad. However, Kurosawa replaces the traditional clean-cut hero with a cynical and daring mercenary who cooly turns the war between two equally evil clans to his own advantage. Powered by the commanding performance of Toshiro Mifune and the extraordinary cinematography of Kazuo Miyagawa, this explosive film continues to influence filmmakers around the world. Remade as A Fistful of Dollars with Clint Eastwood, the original remains both a thrilling action classic and a tongue-in-cheek portrait of human weakness, greed, and violence." The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa's visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. In order to rid a village of corruption, masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage.
Data Entry Date: 7/30/2000