Yojimbo [Criterion Collection]

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Toshiro Mifune portrays a Samurai who finds himself in the middle of a feud-torn Japanese village. Neither side is particularly honorable, but Mifune is hungry and impoverished, so he agrees to work as bodyguard (or Yojimbo) for a silk merchant (Kamatari Fujiwara) against a sake merchant (Takashi Shimura). He then pretends to go to work for the other, the better to let the enemies tear each other apart. Imprisoned for his "treachery," he escapes just in time to watch the two warring sides wipe each other out. This was his plan all along, and now that peace has been restored, he leaves the village for further exploits. Yes, Yojimbo was the prototype for the Clint Eastwood "Man with No Name" picture A Fistful of Dollars (1964). The difference is that Fistful relies on Eastwood for its success, whereas Yojimbo scores on every creative level, from director Akira Kurosawa to cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa to Mifune's classic lead performance. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Chapter List

0. Chapters
1. Credits/...his own will to survive... [2:53]
2. "Everybody's after easy money" [2:48]
3. "I'll get paid for killing" [10:23]
4. Two coffins, or maybe three [3:44]
5. Seibei's offer [5:47]
6. High noon [6:52]
7. An official inspection [6:11]
8. Ushitora's offer [3:40]
9. Bodygaurds that need guarding [3:52]
10. Loose lips sink ships [3:04]
11. A bevy of beauties. [1:41]
12. The village boiling point [4:47]
13. Unosuke shows off [3:12]
14. Hostages [6:04]
15. Doublecross/Family reunion [7:36]
16. Sake gush/Total destruction [5:48]
17. A shortcut to hell [4:36]
18. Disappearing act [9:01]
19. Practice makes perfect [7:30]
20. The spoils of an undertaker [10:51]