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Akira Kurosawa

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About the Movie

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A movie that is both a wow of a show and a masterpiece of misanthropy. – TIME Magazine, Mar 4, 2013

Fresh: Rousing, good story, told with vigor and visual excitement by Akira Kurosawa, and splendidly acted by Toshiro Mifune, this has ideal remake material for a Yank company. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Even Eastwood's Man With No Name is inspired, perhaps, by the samurai in Yojimbo. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 3, 2007

Fresh: It is fair to say that, without Yojimbo, certain key aspects of Western cinema would not be the same today. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 10, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Yojimbo, the man with no name

The movie that spawned all those man with no name Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. Mifune and Kurosawa at the top of their samurai movie game. The first is still the best.

"There's no cure for fools"- Sanjuro

This is my favorite Akira Kurosawa movie and for a good reason. Toshiro Mifune was great as the indifferent, pitting both criminal gangs at each others' throats, no named ronin. Akira Kurosawa made it as his tribute to the John Ford/John Wayne Westerns but with a unique twist to it. Rather than making the hero a saint, he created such an inspirational antihero that set the stage for many later Westerns. This movie has been remade so many times (A Fistful of Dollars, Django, Last Man Standing, and Sukiyaki Western: Django) its that good. So, check it out! Here's a bit of trivia for you: everyone knows that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were inspired by Akira Kurosawa's work to the point they used references to his work in Star Wars. What most people don't know is that they did the same thing for the Indiana Jones films too. They directly made a reference to the opening of this film in the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Definitely Worth The Watch

Although this movie is subtitled, it is definitely worth the time and expense to watch. Very entertaining, don't disappointed at all !!

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