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Yojimbo (Yojinbo)

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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.


  • Toshirô Mifune
  • Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Eijiro Tono
  • Takashi Shimura
  • Seizaburô Kawazu
  • Isuzu Yamada
  • Hiroshi Tachikawa
  • Kyû Sazanka
  • Yosuke Natsuki

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[Kurosawa] was deliberately combining the samurai story with the Western, so that the wind-swept main street could be in any frontier town, the samurai (Toshiro Mifune) could be a gunslinger, and the local characters could have been lifted from John Ford's gallery of supporting actors.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Less visceral than the battle scene in Seven Samurai, this is more of a free-for-all, with brute force leaving no room for skill.

Metacritic review by David Parkinson
David Parkinson

Yojimbo does not cause viewers to ponder deep issues in the way Rashomon does, nor does it possess the epic grandness of The Seven Samurai, yet it must still be considered in the top tier of Kurosawa's films. Stylish, compelling, and involving, it became as much a blueprint for future productions as it is an homage to past ones.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli