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Yojimbo (BFI)

Released on 06 November 2000

Featuring: Toshiro Mifune, Eijiro Tono & Seisaburo Kawazu

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Later to be remade as 'A Fistful Of Dollars' this story of the Samurai-with-no-name is quite simply one of the best action/adventure films ever made. Donning his sword again, Toshiro Mifune (he was the `crazy' one in Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai') allows fate to lead him into an un-named town.
Showing his prowess with the Samurai sword within minutes of arrival, the town's two rival factions are soon competing for his services, only to ultimately bring about their own mutual destruction.

The style and setting of the film owe much to Kurosawa's admiration for the widescreen epic westerns of John Ford, and the soundtrack by Masaru Sato is more than equal to Morricone's later score.

Digitally mastered from a new print, this DVD release features a full-length commentary option by film historian Philip Kemp, plus on-screen biographies of Kurasawa and Mifune.
  • Digitally Mastered from New Print
  • Full-length Commentary from Film Historian Philip Kemp
  • Biographies of Director Akira Kurosawa and Star Toshiro Mifune
  • Stills
  • Interactive Menu
  • Scene Access

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 Average rating (4 reviews)

 All Time Classic

| | See all BainsyBoy's reviews (3)

Wonderful movie, yet another Kurosawa great. I can understand why Hollywood would rip off such great films, but they're not a touch on the Japanese orignal movies they're copying.
Very atmospheric and moody tale of a masterclass samuri playing two gangs off against each other.

 Great film, remade many times but never beaten!

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Kurosawa dealt a master blow with Yojimbo, not only a wonderful storyline but such a complex main character. The idea of an anti-hero wasn't really a hit with western audiences untill much later. The DVD is no thrills but that really doesnt matter, just watch and at the end you like me will agree Mifune really is the main with no name!

 classic kurosawa.

| | See all tyronefordham's reviews (47)

when the first thing that greets you in a new town is a dog with a severed human hand in its mouth, you know its going to be a strange place. so it proves for toshiro mifune's wandering samurai, sanjuro. only the undertaker is happy in a town that is just not big enough for its two warring gangs. sanjuro duplicitously offers his services to both, in a systematic attempt to wipe them all out. his motives and emotions remain inscrutable, when a couple he selflessly rescues thank him, he snaps back i hate pathetic people, the double crossing plot is pretty dense to, but it is worth the effort. expect a few more disembodied limbs to join the fray before the film's conclusion. although the subject matter is gory, the beautiful photography more than compensates.

 Classic film; no frills package

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Kurosawa's Yojimbo is an Eastern film rooted deeply in the conventions of the Western genre. And since its creation it has continued to spawn numerous remakes and knock-offs which is testament to the sheer creative brilliance on display here.

Convincing with equal parts charm and intensity Toshiro Mifune scratches and swaggers his way through a desolate ghost town, sparsely populated by eccentric locals and grotesque gang members; playing everyone against each other and reaping the rewards for himself. The tone swaps frequently from moody and atmospheric to slyly subversive and darkly comedic to even outright slapstick. It is an experience akin in spirit to many of the Spaghetti Westerns it would progenerate so if you're a fan of that genre you owe it to yourself to check out Yojimbo.

The film itself is worthy of purchase alone, without question, which is fortunate as aside from a solitary commentary track extras are sparse. For those of you with the capability of watching Region 1 DVDs I cannot more highly recommend tracking down the Criterion edition which, though more costly, is of superior quality in every respect. That said, if you're simply taken with the notion of checking this out for cheap on a fanciful whim then by all means do so, this disc has everything you'll need be that the case.

Five star film, one star package... which apparently averages out to four stars. I say so, anyway.

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ActorsToshiro Mifune, Eijiro Tono, Seisaburo Kawazu, Isuzu Yamada, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Daisuke Kato & Ko Nishimura
DirectorAkira Kurosawa
CertificatePG
Year1961
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesJapanese - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
SubtitlesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 45 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.