Yojimbo

Yojimbo

DVD - 2004
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Publisher: [Australia]: The AV Channel [distributor], 2004.
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD YOJ
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (110 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 10, 2018

This is one of earlier works by Kurosawa on the samurai genre. The film is so old that this film copy fills only 1/4 of TV screen. But the B/W images are sharp and the sound track is good. Although there is a little bit of 'over acting' by some small characters in my view, Mifune played his role to the tee. Another key, villainous character, played by Tatsuya Nakadai, added more substance to the cast. This is a timeless classic from the samurai genre and deserves repeated viewings down the road.

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1aa
Nov 18, 2018

[for yojimbo] Suspenseful, funny, dramatic, with some really good scenes, interestingly shot (such as near the end where a man hanging with his arms tied behind him is in the foreground). The music adds a lot to the movie; I suppose one can say that its Japanese style spaghetti western music. The whole upshot of the film is sardonic: the hero leaves the town in ruins with many buildings destroyed and many people dead - which is exactly what the townsfolk feared and what would have happened had the two groups had an all out gang war. So, the hero was superfluous, or perhaps even a catalyst to the inevitable.

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1aa
Sep 24, 2018

[for sanjuro] A terrific samurai film! One has to read quickly to get key information regarding the plot (otherwise one misses it and the actions and events quickly lose their sense); the fights are quite fast, and most of the fun is in the main character's contrasting behavior with the other nine of his comrades.

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LemmyKoopa
Sep 04, 2018

Sometimes funny, sometimes haunting, always intense.

Yojimbo is one of the classics of the samurai genre, and it's status as one of the original 'westerns' is unrivaled. Featuring memorable characters, beautiful set pieces and the (as usual) amazing portrayal by Toshio Mifune as Sanjuro all rolls together to create one of the great classics of the mid-20th century.

Highly recommended - might be a little slow for some, and doesn't feature as much brawling and sword-fighting as I'd like, but it stands out as a huge inspiration for many budding filmmakers, both of today and yesteryear.

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lindy919
May 20, 2018

Better than its predecessor, Yohimbo, as this one stresses the drama and tones down the bad comedy.

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simonbrenden
Mar 26, 2016

Good to see these Kurosawa films being released on dvd. Mifune was a very special actor and Kurosawa is to be praised for his unsentimental films. The extras on the dvd were worth watching and showed Kurosawa's fanatical attention to detail.

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Cyberman29
Nov 01, 2015

Watched it while the clock strikes 1 after Halloween.. yeah, a halloween extravaganza with its gore & violence pre-Quentin Tarantino with a comedic touch.

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

Yojimbo and Rashomon are Kurosawa's masterpiece subversions/elevations of the samurai film. Sanjuro is his perfect embodiment of the samurai film. This movie is not particularly clever in subverting story conventions. It is a solidly told, beautifully shot straight forward samurai action film. It has bits of James Bond and classic Western thrown in and it all works. This is Kurosawa's conventional masterpiece, proof that you can do a film that on the surface appears disctintly cliche and make it excellent.

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

A great game would be to watch Yojimbo (Starring Toshiro Mifune), then A Fistful of Dollars (starring Clint Eastwood), then Last Man Standing (starring Bruce Willis). The process will give the viewer a lesson in how remakes are not necessarily bad. All three films are the same story, reinterpreted through different lenses. Yojimbo is by far the best, beautiful and intoxicating in a way so many films are not, it stands up to the ravages of time and whims of changing taste amazingly well. Watch this movie. And then watch its remakes.

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danpreston
Sep 01, 2013

Fantastic film. One of the key ones that inspired me to become a filmmaker.

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Ky68RasK
Mar 23, 2016

The fastest sword in the East.

In the words of Toshiro Mifune
"Hanosuke"
"Yes"
"Go hang yourself"

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NobleSix
Mar 12, 2011

"Hanoske..."
"Yes..."
"...Go hang yourself."

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Violence: One character gets an arm chopped off. But on the whole nothing brutal no heads and limbs falling off left right and center. It's more entertainment fighting based on the character's power over his opponents obviously Mifune prevails over his opponents.

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