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Plot: A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.
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Akira Kurosawa is just a master movie maker.
Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 film YOJIMBO is a Japanese period drama where wily strategy is worth just as much as prowess with a sword. In the late Edo era (some decades before its end in 1868) a community is plagued by two opposing gangs who have built up a criminal empire of prostitution and gambling. Even the local officials are on the take. Into this town steps a nameless samurai (Toshiro Mifune). Once they get a taste of his swordsmanship, both sides want to hire him, but he decides to play them off against each other and free the innocent citizens from this evil.
In past films Kurosawa had taken advantage of Mifune’s ability to produce exaggerated facial expressions of laughter and fear. Here, however, the nameless samurai is completely unflappable, while it is the criminal bosses and corrupt officials who play the clowns. Ikio Sawamura is a town constable constantly toadying to the gangsters, for example, while Isuzu Yamada gives a memorably sassy performance as the madame of a brothel. In what would become a convention of the Japanese period drama, the numerous henchmen in the gangs were apparently chosen from the most grotesque men that Kurosawa could find (each furthermore has distinctively ratty attire), and one thug is played by an actor suffering from gigantism.
That darkly comedic drama between the characters coexists with brutal violence. Yet, while audiences may have been shocked in 1961 by the samurai dispatching his opponents with realistic slashing sound effects and a hacked off limb, there are only a handful of fights here, and they are all over in a flash. (Indeed, one of the most striking aspects of Mifune’s acting is his speed in executing the sword moves.) While Kurosawa delights in gangsters getting their comeuppance, he doesn’t revel in gore.
Much has been said about how this Japanese film would inspire Westerns made in America and Europe (Sergio Leone’s A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS was a straight-up remake). However, the film is also interesting for how it draws so much on influences from the West. Kurosawa’s inspiration was an American crime caper by Dashiell Hammett, the samurai’s walk down the main street is drawn from the Westerns of John Ford and others, the soundtrack mixes Japanese music with Western instruments such as harpsichord, and Tatsuya Nakadai’s pretty-boy looks are clearly modeled on Hollywood.
All in all, I was very impressed by this film. Everything here – from the script and aspect to little things like the wind and dust and the little decorations on the set – seems the result of great effort and talent, all coming together to impress the viewer. And like Kurosawa’s RASHOMON, it stays fresh even as its elements have been repeatedly reused by other film and television productions for half a century now.
Reinventing the Western
After a string of classic masterpieces, Kurosawa confronted his influences head-on. Throwing John Ford’s Western aesthetics into a blender and painting them pitch black. The results are Yojimbo and its legacy.
Yojimbo (“the bodyguard”) is the tale of a flea-ridden wandering swordsman, Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune, in his finest performance). He arrives at a gang-war ravaged town and starts hiring himself out to both sides, playing them off against another, in order to wipe all the scum out. Sound familiar?
Even though Yojimbo the film is a thrilling ride and very funny dark comedy, it is hard to imagine what a bombshell this was for audiences at the time of its release. It is as far removed as can be from the then squeaky-clean aesthetic of samurai films: you can almost smell the sweat and the grime of the sordid town and characters. The action is fast and furious, enhanced by Kurosawa’s deft use of telephoto lenses and Masaru Sato’s avant-garde score. With all that, Yojimbo was a massive kick in the pants of a fossilized genre.
It exploded beyond the confines of its own country and genre, forever influencing the very Westerns that had inspired it, particularly a new wave out of Spain and Italy at the time. One Sergio Leone copy/pasted the whole plot into his own revisionist Western and gave us the Dollars trilogy. The slightest of Spaghetti Western enthusiasts owes Kurosawa a debt of gratitude.
As with all truly great work, its greatness exists even devoid of context, and for all the historical precedents it set, all Kurosawa wanted to make was an entertaining film. That he bloody well succeeded is the least you can say about Yojimbo.
Original Language ja
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Action, Drama, Thriller
Director Akira Kurosawa
Writer Akira Kurosawa, Ryûzô Kikushima
Actors Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 4 wins & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Toho Developing Co., Japan
Film Length 3,005 m (Sweden), 3,025 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Tohoscope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP), 35 mm