Yojimbo

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Released 1961

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Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Released:
1961
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Yojimbo is a period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa centering on the story of a masterless samurai or ronin (Toshiro Mifune) who enters a small town hiding an underground gambling ring run by competing crime lords. Poor and hungry, the ronin takes a job as a bodyguard for a silk merchant and crime lord (Kamatari Fujiwara). Unbeknownst to the silk merchant, the ronin has taken another protection job with his enemy, the sake merchant (Takashi Shimura). As the two nemeses rely upon the ronin to protect them from the other, the rival clans begin to slowly gravitate into a full-blown war. It seems that the ronin hired to keep them safe is working against them. Yojimbo is a classic film in both Japan and the West, having inspired Sergio Leone to remake it as A Fistful of Dollars with Clint Eastwood, Last Man Standing and Lucky Number Slevin.

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