Saturday, March 21, 2015

1961 - YOJIMBO - Kurosawa's samurai comedy/drama classic

Filmed after Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well, a dreary drama of corporate intrigue in Japanese business.   Yojimbo was a transitional film for Kurosawa and the Japanese film industry and audience.

Kurosawa mixed comedy with action in a story that had it's influences back to Dashell Hammett's novel Red Harvest, a book with enough double crosses for about three novels.

As usual, Kurosawa used a lot of his stock company of actors and most importantly Toshiro Mifune as the bad ass wandering samurai.

Yojimbo is probably one of Kurosawa's best films and is certainly a one of a kind film that has been ripped off many times.

110 minutes.

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