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Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Japan 1961 110 mins. In Japanese

Set at the end of the Tokugawa era, YOJIMBO follows the rōnin Sanjuro (Toshirô Mifune) who, while wandering the countryside, happens upon a village over which two clans wage war. Sensing an opportunity, the rōnin wiles his way into the conflict with the goal of killing both sides and extorting what he can from the clans in the process. But as he becomes more involved in the scheme and with the helpless townspeople, the brash Unosuke (Tatsuya Nakadai), brother of one of the clan’s bodyguards, comes to town armed with a pistol—the first ever seen in the village. For his role as the masterless samurai confronted with the realities of modernization and the waning of his breed, Mifune won the Best Actor Award at the 1961 Venice Film Festival.

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Appears in: Samurai Cinema