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Yojimbo

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Yojimbo

During the course of his peregrinations, the ronin (masterless samurai) Sanjuro Kuwabatake (Toshiro Mifune) wanders in to a small town whose inhabitants' lives are being ruined by competing crime lords.

Spotting the opportunity to bring peace back to the community, Kuwabatake secretly offers his services as a yojimbo (bodyguard) to each of the criminal gangs. And, having gained their trust, the yojimbo industriously sets about securing their destruction.

The film is yet another of Kurosawa's movie-making masterclasses, and is particularly impressive for its mix of suspense, comedy and sudden violence.

Italian director Sergio Leone remade Yojimbo as A Fistful of Dollars, which in turn kicked-off the spaghetti western genre.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

(1961) Cert: PG

Yojimbo synopsis

Akira Kurosawa's classic action adventure stars Toshiro Mifune as a lone samurai who causes bloody havoc between two warring criminal factions

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