Yojimbo (1961) Full Movie

Yojimbo
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Yojimbo (1961) : 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.

Title Yojimbo (1961)
Release Date Apr 25, 1961
Genres ,
Production Company Toho Company, Ltd.
Production Countries Japan
Casts Toshirō Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada, Daisuke Katō, Takashi Shimura, Seizaburō Kawazu, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Eijirō Tōno, Kamatari Fujiwara, Ikio Sawamura
Plot Keywords japan, gambling, swordplay, samurai, sword, bodyguard, fighting, family, intrigue, ronin, revolver, edo period, feudal japan, 19th century, asian western
Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai
Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai
Toshirō Mifune
Unosuke, gunfighter
Unosuke, gunfighter
Tatsuya Nakadai
Nui
Nui
Yôko Tsukasa
Orin
Orin
Isuzu Yamada
Inokichi
Inokichi
Daisuke Katō
Tokuemon, sake brewer
Tokuemon, sake brewer
Takashi Shimura
Seibê - brothel operator
Seibê - brothel operator
Seizaburō Kawazu
Yoichiro
Yoichiro
Hiroshi Tachikawa
Gonji, tavern keeper
Gonji, tavern keeper
Eijirō Tōno
Tazaemon
Tazaemon
Kamatari Fujiwara
Hansuke
Hansuke
Ikio Sawamura
The Cooper (Coffin-Maker)
The Cooper (Coffin-Maker)
Atsushi Watanabe
Homma, instructor who skips town
Homma, instructor who skips town
Susumu Fujita
Ushitora
Ushitora
Kyû Sazanka
Kohei's Son
Kohei's Son
Yōsuke Natsuki
Kuma
Kuma
Kō Nishimura
Ronin Kobuhachi
Ronin Kobuhachi
Takeshi Katō
First Samurai
First Samurai
Ichirô Nakatani
First Foot Soldier
First Foot Soldier
Sachio Sakai
Kame
Kame
Akira Tani
Kannuki the Giant
Kannuki the Giant
Namigoro Rashomon
Kohei
Kohei
Yoshio Tsuchiya
Magotaro
Magotaro
Gen Shimizu
Matsukichi
Matsukichi
Yutaka Sada
Kumosuke
Kumosuke
Shin Ôtomo
Ushitora Follower
Ushitora Follower
Shôichi Hirose
Yahachi
Yahachi
Hideyo Amamoto
Sukeju
Sukeju
Shôji Ôki
Second Samurai
Second Samurai
Fuminori Ôhashi
Farmer
Farmer
Hiroshi Yoseyama
Traveler
Traveler
Senkichi Ômura
Farmer's Ex-wife
Farmer's Ex-wife
Noriko Honma
Seibei Follower
Seibei Follower
Ryusuke Nishio
Seibei Follower
Seibei Follower
Naoya Kusakawa
Seibei Follower
Seibei Follower
Nadao Kirino
Seibei Follower
Seibei Follower
Jun Ôtomo
Ushitora Follower
Ushitora Follower
Shinpei Takagi
Ushitora Follower
Ushitora Follower
Akio Kusama
Ushitora Follower
Ushitora Follower
Yasuzô Ogawa
Ushitora Follower
Ushitora Follower
Hiroshi Takagi
Seibei Follower
Seibei Follower
Jun'ichirō Mukai
Seibei Follower
Seibei Follower
Fumiyoshi Kamagaya
Second Foot Soldier
Second Foot Soldier
Ichirô Chiba
Ushitora Follower
Ushitora Follower
Haruya Sakamoto
Seibei Follower
Seibei Follower
Rinsaku Ogata
Ushitora Follower
Ushitora Follower
Fumio Kogushi
Woman at Seibei's House
Woman at Seibei's House
Yoko Terui
Woman at Seibei's Hosue
Woman at Seibei's Hosue
Hiromi Mineoka
Woman at Seibei's House
Woman at Seibei's House
Michiko Kawa
Roku - Samurai Whose Arm is Cut
Roku - Samurai Whose Arm is Cut
Jerry Fujio

Reviews

  • Andres Gomez

    Great movie! Akira Kurosawa is just a master movie maker.

  • CRCulver

    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.